Getting set for Spring is an intoxicating time of year. Eschewing all the layers, refinding your (in my case at least!) more buoyant, energised and excitable self, refining your wardrobe and welcoming in some carefully chosen new pieces. So, here’s the tea…
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Black Easy Wear Dress
These is such a useful piece when it’s hot, you want to go about your business (flat shoes only!) but you still want to look mega chic! I’ve had a couple of variations over the years but neither have endured – but this Spring I’m going to rely on this quite wonderful billowing front split with v neck style from *Finery London – all you need to do is pop on some chunky sandals and sweltering tube conditions you are ready!
Another option is – and I am a little undecided on this particular on because I think my 5″2 frame might not quite carry it, is this gorgeous wraparound Baserange dress which Monikh wore and four fashion editors promptly went and bought. It’s nearly sold out on Net-A-Porter, but more sizes in stock on the actual Baserange site, which although with EU shipping still works out £4 cheaper than if you bought from NAP!
Perfect Little Tank
I rely on little tank tops for Spring and Summer dressing – I usually stock up at H&M for pieces around a tenner (they continue to have a great selection – I am still wearing this linen mix tank I got last year in a couple of colours). A little more pricey at £17 but the fit and stretch is the kind you know will last is this low-cut top from *& Other Stories – I’m wearing with a COS seamless bra.
Perfect Relaxed Tee
For me, this is quite a hard one, as the neck line on a t-shirt is absolutely crucial for me – it has to be the right amount of relaxed, anything too crew just doesn’t work and makes me look and feel too stuffy. My absolute favourite is this 50s Box tee by Re/Done – I have this in grey (which I’ve stained urgh!) and am umming about getting a white one, but they are pretty cost prohibitive. But they are also not that readily available rn which makes me feel a bit panicky.
The other option, but again, not cheap, is American Vintage – their super thin but durable fabrics make these tees just super flattering on. I have one with a scoop neck, but must investigate more – the new Atterley is now selling them, this white one is perf!
Selected Femme do a really nicely shaped *oversized white tee for something less fitted which is available at Born At Dawn – I have this very one.
Oversized Linen Blazers
Oversized tailoring is a bit of a buzz phrase right now and as the brands get with it, most blazers are being cut a bit boxy and oversized. A plain linen one is a no-brainer for this Spring – I have this *Find Official one (Amazon’s own brand which is on the up) which I was really impressed with cut wise, it’s a linen-viscose mix.
And for a checked option, this *& Other Stories is one is equally boxy and oversized, also a linen-viscose mix. I went for a size S in both.
Easy Throw On Nice Tops
For lunches and evenings, sometimes you want to smarten up a bit. I’m finding that my go to-es are either a nice black top – again really impressed by Find Official with this *black one I’m wearing above. It has sweet nipped in sleeves, a seam detail down the front and is nice and light weight.
Or an oversized white shirt – I wore *this one below to a lunch the other day – it’s old The White Company but they seem to still be doing it, I’m wearing a size 8 so it comes up oversized.
Straw Basket & Hat
Straw baskets are still a brilliant Spring accessory, adding a laid-back, just-back-from-the-market-this sunny-Saturday-morning feel to any outfit – and have poshed up accordingly, see my shopping post here – but posh options aside I quite like this simple one from Weekday for £20.
Hats are quite a personal thing as so much depends on your hair length and head shape but my favourite one last summer, which I sadly left on an aeroplane was this midsize seagrass *number from The White Company, (now reduced!) not too small to look chippy, not to big to be impractical. I wore this loads!
Spring Flavours – Bags
The world of fashion is crazy (scarily) fast-paced and new flavours of the month pop up in a blink! On the handbag front, Elleme is currently having a mad moment – the bags are perfectly priced for those of us who baulk at spending anything over £400 on a bag and are different enough to catch the eye in earthy, neutral, bucket & market style designs. I bought this bucket style for practicality, but still hankering now for the cognac colourway in this new smaller style, holding myself back for the moment because I find smaller openings a bit annoying to use. But not sure I can resist too much longer!
Even fresher and popping up on the style pack is the even more affordable Chylak bags – a bit more formal in their designs, they still offer something more unusual with the croissant shape – and for £265, danger!
I’m always keeping an eye out for new jewellery – it’s hard to keep up as there are so many brilliant little brands. But I was completely taken with the fun colours of Roxanne Assoulin (though beware being asked if your kids made them for you, ha!) and Anni Lu has a lovely mix of colours and beads – I have a bracelet which I don’t take off as it’s so light and doesn’t feel like it will get damaged.
Also through blogger pals, I’ve discovered Becca Jewellery (great if you’re into big fabulous earrings – I don’t wear with my short hair for fear for looking like a pirate!) and Wilson Jewellery who has an interesting mix of gold chains and vintage inspired pieces – I have my eye on this statement piece!