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So Last Season

Looking forward to spring

Thursday, 31st January, 2019 8:43am

After what feels like an eternity, we’ve finally made it through January, and if you were on a self-imposed shopping ban for the month, then February might just be the month that you start investing in your new season wardrobe essentials.

While there might still be the dregs of sale stock lurking on the shop floors, it’s quite easy to ignore it when there are so many hot new stock drops around.

While it’s easy to blow what feels like your first payday in ten years on a whole new wardrobe, now is not the time to lose the run of yourself, and now more than ever, it’s important to make considered choices about what you’ll be wearing come spring/summer.

Here are a few pieces that I either have already and will be winging their way into the new season with me or are new pieces I’ll be adding to jazz up existing pieces.

Top of my list is the silky slip skirt. I actually bought one in Topshop in a deep teal green last year but didn’t get much wear out of it. Mainly because it was cold and I needed to wear tights and if you haven’t worn a silky/satin material with tights before, then let me tell you, the static is really something else. The one time I did wear this combo, I kept getting little mini electric shocks off any metal I touched which, dear reader, let me tell you is not a cute look.

However it’s only a matter of time 'til I can brave a bare leg and then I will be wearing the slinky, slip dress to death. Pair it with light knitwear, t-shirts, your favourite pair of ankle boots or Doc Martens and a leather jacket and you’ve got a cool, easy to wear look.

I would quite like a nude or blush pink colour one for the warmer months, that I plan on wearing with my pistachio coloured utility jacket from & Other Stories and I’ve spotted the perfect one in New Look so that’s going on my shopping list.

I’m also dreaming of the day when I can shed my winter coat and when that day comes I will be there waiting with a great blazer. I kind of forgot how good a blazer can be until recently when I started to focus more on really great basics and if you’re in a rush and looking for a quick outfit that looks smart but is also comfortable, then you can’t go wrong with a jeans and blazer combination.

I’ve picked up a navy pinstripe one from H&M which will go great layered over brightly coloured knits or simple neutral coloured t-shirts and brings me onto another item I’m longing to add to my wardrobe which is a pair of Levi’s 501 straight crop jeans. If you’ve got a curvier figure, the 501 is a great style for you and it adds the right amount of smart casual to your look.

In the spring I love a lighter shade of denim, so I’ll be moving away from my trusty indigo navy and into the arms of a more washed out tone.

Lastly, and this could divide opinion, but I can see myself living in boiler suits for the spring. Looser in fit than a classic jumpsuit and in a more robust, utilitarian fabric, a boiler suit looks cool and is comfortable with very little styling effort. Go for denim or khaki green if you want to keep it classic or go wild with a shade of pink. Then just add chunky gold jewellry and a gold heel for night and trainers and a blazer for day and you’re set. It’s all about mechanic chic!

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