Hi. You over there! Yes, you. Spring, isn’t it? We can see you, huddled behind the cold front from Siberia. Stop flirting with us and come on OUT. There are clothes we want to wear.
Sartorially speaking, Spring is here. And we’re itching to update our wardrobes with a few well-chosen tweaks.
Update no. 1: Pastels
Oh how I love this trend. (Alex now…she may require some convincing.) Give me sorbet shades and I am a happy, happy woman. It puts me in mind of holidays in Italy (I’m thinking, specifically, of Gwyneth Paltrow’s ensembles in the The Talented Mr Ripley) and long bicycle rides, interspersed with lazy wine stops, on the Ile de Re (a haven of pastel-shuttered white villas).
If you are similarly-minded, you can go the whole pastel nine yards in this dress – which has a whiff of Chloe (the brand, not lovely Chloe Loves to Shop) about it. Will also look splendid cometh warmer weather with sandals.
If too much pastel gives you The Fear, this blossom-pink pleated skirt would be a happy match with a chunky jumper (perhaps something navy or cable-knit. Or, indeed, both.). I love the idea of this lilac coat or this pale pink one thrown over jeans or (again) an all-navy ensemble. It would also be happily matched with this season’s hue: lilac (try this knit).
Update no. 2: Reboot Your Trench
Puff-sleeve trench, £89
Honestly, I’ve been dreaming of this trench since I saw it at the M&S press day. Alas, at 5ft 3″, I am too short to pull it off – so if you top my height please buy it and then write and tell me about it. Those puffed sleeves are – in emoji parlance – all the heart eyes.
I am also a big fan of this gingham take on the trench. (Quite frankly, anything gingham gets my vote.)
Update no. 3: Bold Prints
Palm print skirt, £35
Here Alex makes an excellent case for the Joy of Print. This skirt is doing all the hard work, so she can just get on with work/childcare/life admin/pretending that we do actually spend our days lounging against walls, all casual-like. It’s available as a palm print top – if you like the idea but prefer to wear print on your top half.
Update no. 4: Utility
Belted skirt, £35
A perennial SS trend if ever there was one. Here we have a look which works for pretty much everyone. It’s a great base piece – wear with white, grey, black and navy – and always looks chic. Now this skirt (Also available in khaki) is what I call a good buy. Wear it now with a polo neck and boots (as I did only the other day). Wear it with flats or trainers and a white shirt when it warms up a little (or dress it down a tee or sweatshirt). More of trousers girl? Try these.
Update no. 5: Checks
(You have no idea how hard I am resisting the obvious pun about getting the check.)
Checks are, indubitably, A Good Thing. They are also a shortcut to smart chic – ergo particularly good for those who, unlike me much of the time, can’t work in their pjs. (I don’t actually work in my pjs, btw. I always wear ‘proper’ clothes, to get my brain into work mode.)
Alex’s beady eye alighted upon this midi skirt and she was smitten. We’re also taken with these cropped trousers (so French, somehow). Wide legs are really ringing my proverbial bell right now – feeling the same? Try this pair (although size down).
- Printed shirt dress, £45; 2. Checked skirt, £35; 3..Gingham trench, £85; 4. Pink pleated skirt, £35; 5. Wide leg utility trousers, £39.50
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