I love getting dressed at this time of year. As the temperature rises, it’s all about an open toe sandal with a cosy knit, long boots with a lightweight dress, shorts paired with a roll neck… in short, unexpected pairings. It's also the time to think about what you already own and love, as well as what you might like to buy to see you through the season ahead. Really contemplate what is lacking and what will work with your current wardrobe. I often have to restrain myself from making impulse purchases, and think more practically about filling the gaps – but I can’t deny the buzz that comes with buying quality staples and all the new styling possibilities they bring with them. Ultimately, shopping should be fun, as well as problem solving.
The Floral Dress
I can never resist a retro 70s print, and I loved this dress the second I laid eyes on it. It’s so versatile, it will take me from chillier days with a cardigan on top, to beach days paired with sandals – there's a matching oversized bucket hat I'm also eyeing up. It's always helpful to imagine the scenarios in which you might wear each piece, and there are myriad occasions this would work for thanks to the warm, neutral colourway. I also love the fact it's a bespoke design from a brand that has sustainability at its core.
Available at BlueAnemone.com
New Spring Denim
Spring is the perfect time for new denim. There's nothing more effortless than a great pair of well cut jeans and a pretty blouse or crisp shirt – it’s a classic, failsafe combination. Jean length is everything and these are a neat crop, ideal for wearing with open toe sandals. Masscob's trouser cut is eternally flattering. For someone with curves, I love how the low back pockets and pretty plaited waist elongate and narrow my body. Anything with a 70s feel works for me, and this style offers an elevated, effortless take. Simply throw on a quilted jacket or gilet over the top.
Available at KJsLaundry.com
A Trench Coat
In need of a light layer that works in pretty much any weather? A trench coat is without a doubt one of the most useful items in my wardrobe. With all the pretty dresses and romance that comes with spring dressing, this utilitarian staple adds a cool, practical edge. This one with its exaggerated collar from Resume at Studio B is heaven. It's such a clever statement piece – the puff sleeves and pockets more than won me over. Just as good with a maxi dress as it will be over a pair of jeans, there's nothing this classic coat doesn't go with.
Available at StudioBFashion.com
A Versatile Blouse
My penchant for romantic prairie pieces extends to my blouse collection, and as far as casual black tops go, my wardrobe is lacking – but this pretty black Horror Vacui piece could change that. It reminds me of Simone Rocha with its puff sleeves and ruffle collar, but the silhouette is what makes it a winner. A boxy, sculpted shape, with a pristine scalloped trim, it’ll work perfectly with my cropped trousers and midi skirts. While it's dressy enough for evening (with jewellery and a heel) for me, daytime wear is where it’s at.
Available at MATCHESFASHION.com
I've been so consumed with romantic prairie dresses over the last couple of years, I've neglected any thought of an LBD. Until, that is, I clapped eyes on this sensational mini dress in the new collection by psychedelic print queen Celia B. There are so many modern, sculpted black dresses around this season, but this clever concertina design really caught my eye. The fact it is cotton means it will work on future holidays with flats, as well as for parties in the city. The pleating is a joy; not only does the ruffle collar flatter the decolletage and face, it works like a peplum around the waist to disguise any unwanted tummy exposure. It also comes in an origami-inspired crisp white.
Available at CeliaB.com
Sunglasses are the easiest way to update your look and it's often worth finding a statement style that adds attitude to a look. I've been looking for a mod-style rectangular pair for a while and stumbled across these at & Other Stories. They’re affordable, great quality and will be my go-to sunglasses for the foreseeable.
Available at Stories.com
The Chunky Earrings
Sometimes it really is the smallest details that make the biggest difference. I've been hankering after a pair of Lizzie Fortunato acrylic hoop earrings for some time but couldn't make up my mind what colour to go for. This Ulla Johnson top, bought a couple of seasons ago in the sale, helped me decide. I was looking for something to make the print pop for spring and ordered a turquoise pair. I’m obsessed with the colour, but also know from experience that turquoise is one of the most versatile shades. They feel statement fun, and elegantly boho.
Similar available at LizzieFortunato.com
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