Spring is a-knocking on our door. It’s time to throw off the shackles of coats and tights. What you need is a sartorial bridge between seasons. As ever, we are happy to help.
There I was. Ahead of schedule (I know), so no desperate dash for the Tube required. Ready to waltz out the door after dropping kisses upon my children’s adorable little heads. But then came The Outerwear Incident. I reached for my coat. Too hot! My hand dithered over a jacket. Too cold! Not waterproof! This weather this time of year: unpredictable, unreliable, fickle as they come.
What we need here are clothes to bridge the gap. You know, when you’re not quite ready for a skirt and bare legs, but are itching to cast off the shackles of boots/tights/layers and – in my case – vests. (Call me granny, but I have dodged most of the cold bugs in circulation this winter.)
A great dress
Opt for something with sleeves – and long enough to get away without tights/boots, should you so wish. So nothing too short – midi is good, here. Shop wisely: find something that will work into the early days of summer with sandals. Warehouse is having A Moment – I love this cheerful, poppy-esque print floating floral dress (£55) and the asymmetric hem on the Sidney floral dress (£65, above) adds an edge. If your tastes err towards the striped, try this from Finery or this preppy number with a sexy edge from Sandro. I also l-o-v-e the new Studio by Preen line for Debenhams – check out this gorgeous navy dress. The shoulders! Head to Mango for checks (£59.99).
Cropped Trousers (aka ankle-flashers)
Quite honestly the easiest way to do Spring, in my humble opinion. And my go-to in almost any weather bar snow. There’s something about a flash of ankle to hint at Spring. Add a great pair of flats and you’re good to go. There is a plethora of options out there. Where to begin? These red peg-leg for Topshop (£39) for starters. Too bright? Try the Hutton navy trousers (£165) from the Unique line or the frill-waist version of the peg leg (£39, love these; also available in what Toppers are calling ‘dusty lilac‘). Me+Em have some great options: try the grosgrain stripe slim leg (£119) or this navy pair and the flat-fronted wide leg trouser (£99) is fabulous. Want to go wider? Try the crop palazzo pant (£59, above). I also have and love Boden’s Richmond wide crop trousers (£65). (Boden are a great go-to for brightly-coloured bottoms.) Or head to Warehouse for a great pair of essential cropped trousers for £39.
Jacket required (skip the coat)
Skip the coat. Too warm. Too much. I love this cropped version from JCrew (£174). And this H&M trench is a bargain (£59.99). This less so, but oo, a striped trench… &Other Stories has a denim version (£79) and I love this chic belted cotton coat (£145) – and this frilled one. For something with a Chanel-esque edge, head to Zara (check this out) – a more casual frayed-edge is to be had in this Hush duster coat (£79) – no idea what a duster coat is, but I know I like it. (Whilst you’re there, check out the blush Byron blazer, £75; this tweedy pink number, £85 and the navy Fitzgerald jacket (£65, top), which I rather covet myself….