Inspirations for your Spring Wardrobe from our Fashion Editor
How did it happen so quickly? The arrival of spring that is? One minute I was busy hauling on boots and layers, when, out of nowhere so it seemed, the sun arrived and I am now frantically casting around trying to find what feels right for this time of year. What does one need for a Spring wardrobe?
I always find that transition between seasons a little tricky. You know what I mean – not quite warm enough for short sleeves and bare legs but definitely too nice for the staples that have kept you going over the winter – even without the cardis on top. Also, I just crave something different at this time of year.
So, what to do? Here are some suggestions to herald the arrival of brighter, lighter days.
The perfect dress
As I have said before, dresses are brilliant. They take so much of the hassle out of what to put on and are infinitely versatile. When I go shopping I shall be looking out for a polka dot affair, either in a lovely soft colour like the sage green in the picture, or in the classic combination of navy and white. Polka dots – and spots in general – never really go out of fashion and somehow always manage to look fresh. This season most of the dresses around are mid-calf length which, to be honest, only really look good with heels. I like to accessorise with a mixture of classic and more modern jewellery. Currently I am enjoying piling on lots of stretchy seed pearl and silver bracelets for a Chanel-inspired effect. They seem to work with pretty much any outfit.
The lightweight trench coat
What would we do without the trench coat? I know, I know, the sun is here and so technically we shouldn’t need a coat – but a summer trench – particularly a short one in a light colour – is invaluable as our weather is so … unpredictable. It also looks great over pretty much everything, from cropped jeans and a shirt to a skirt and blouse. Opt for pale creams, classic toffee shades or even one of the two tone trenches that are a fashion statement all on their own.
I adore blazers and could not live without them. However, I need something inspirational to replace my winter staples and this lovely cream blazer with flat lapels and contrast lining is just the ticket. I shall wear it over dresses and jeans and jazz it up with long necklaces and beautiful floaty scarves.
The beautiful blouse
This is one of the fail-safes of the well-dressed French woman, and why should it not be one of ours too? I am determined to find the perfect blouse this spring – possibly in silk. I want one that will make the simplest pair of trousers look dressed, and which can also be teamed with a straight skirt and heels for office or evening. This beautiful navy and white classic (pictured) is just the right side of modern, with its three-quarter length sleeves and off-centre buttoning. Perfect!
I am feeling inspired. Now let’s get shopping.