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Every good wardrobe has a selection of hard-working white shirts. The traditionalist in you will be drawn to more fitted styles – try to fight that urge and go for something a little boxier for a modern feel. On the high street, you can’t beat Cos and Zara.
Whether you keep it casual with denim or add tailored trousers, a neutral, lightweight blazer is the perfect layering piece at this time of year. These structured styles add an easy polish to any look.
It goes without saying that a trench is a spring essential. Look for all the typical characteristics – a warm camel colour, double breasted design, belted fit – but make sure it sits mid-calf for a modern touch.
Add some interest to your spring wardrobe with a pretty floral midi. There are plenty of stylish long-sleeved designs around these days – try a tie-waisted style for a flattering finish.
Smart, structured trousers will carry you through the season in style. Look for floor-skimming designs for a contemporary approach and stick to neutral shades for a spring-ready feel.
Straight Leg Jeans
This doesn’t mean you have to retire those other shapes completely – skinnies, flares et al will always have their place. But this spring, a straight leg pair of jeans will stand you in good stead, putting a fresh spin on your everyday look.
Naturally, you need a floral blouse for spring. This year’s iterations are particularly feminine, with ruffles, billowing sleeves and chiffon finishes – perfect with those tailored trousers, straight leg jeans and everything in between.
A British spring wardrobe needs to incorporate some knitwear, but that doesn’t mean relying on the same old navy and grey pieces. Try bright pastel hues for something a little more fun – we rate M&S, Me & Em and Chinti & Parker.
Whether you’re heading out for dinner or staying comfy at home, ballet flats will give any outfit a polished feel. Classic neutral colours will work hard for you, but we’re drawn to bolder shades this year for extra impact.
If you haven’t dipped your toe in the fashion trainer pool yet, let now be the season. A clean, box-fresh white style makes every outfit look that little bit cooler – wear with even your most classic pieces for a modern spin.
Raffia bags are an easy hack to make even the most layered of outfits feel spring like. Swap your leather style for one of these stylish totes – even if the sun isn’t shining quite yet, it will help you embrace the new season.