There’s a lot of joy to be found in great clothes all year round, but there’s something particularly pleasurable about dressing for the warmer half. As soon as temperatures rise and the days get longer, we can start stripping back those heavy layers and play around with the prints, colours, shapes and fabrics that work all the better in the sunshine. Make the most of the season by getting your wardrobe in order now. Start packing away winter pieces and rediscover those springtime gems. With new collections having just landed, now’s the best time to fill any gaps and add in the odd piece or two that will give classics a refresh. We’ve highlighted the updaters to consider, plus the modern ways of wearing your warm-weather staples. Consider this your style springboard into the new season.
Athleisure has played a significant role in our everyday wardrobes over the past couple of years, and this season we’re seeing it elevated to a more polished proposition. The key is to use a high/low style formula and mix sporty pieces with smarter ones. For example, a luxe pastel hoodie can be layered underneath your classic trench to give it a contemporary spin. Keep it slick with minimal logos and premium fabrics.
The New Transformers
With more social occasions on the cards this spring, heels and handbags are back in focus. A ’90s-inspired minimal mule nods to one of the key moods of the season, while being a timeless shape with plenty of versatility. Choose a walkable midi-heel with a slingback to stop them slipping. Bottega Veneta’s day-to-evening crossbody gives zing to neutral spring staples. Use it to instantly transform everything, from denim to light tailoring.
As spring style formulas go, a classic T-shirt, jeans and a blazer is one of the most timeless. But even tried-and-tested outfits could do with an update now and again. Try switching your plain white T-shirt in favour of this season’s luxe logo styles. Stick to simple designs that won’t feel dated in a year or two, and up versatility factor with monochrome colourways. This easy styling tweak will give your spring foundations a new point of view.
The ballet pump is one of those style classics that never loses its shine, but this season, slipping it on feels extra right. The devil is in the detail with this shoe, so take note: a style with a low-cut scoop will elongate your foot; round-toe shapes are the most timeless; grosgrain trim gives a luxe finish; a low stacked heel is more comfortable than a totally flat sole. We’ll be wearing Miu Miu’s crystal embellished pair as an alternative to loafers.
Chinos are the trousers we gravitate towards every spring; the lightweight style is perfect for warmer weather and they make an easy alternative to jeans in our everyday uniforms. This season, the classic silhouette has been reinvented with wider legs and looser fits. The result? Contemporary, wearable and cool. Style them with your simple T-shirts, and layer a knitted vest over the top for warmth when needed. Keep the waistline tucked and neat, to balance out volume.
Crochet is something we typically associate with holiday wear. However, it can – and should – be woven into our at-home wardrobes, too. The way to do it is to look for neat silhouettes with an intricate but not-too-open weave, then wear them with pared-back pieces. This cropped top from Sea has plenty of summery appeal but is polished enough to work in the city. Use it to give a statement spin to loose jeans and gold hoops.
Nothing breathes new life into your wardrobes like a new bag, and if you’re looking to make an investment then consider a vintage logo style. This season, several fashion houses are returning to heritage monograms and motifs and bringing design signatures back into the spotlight. Adding a touch of luxe to any outfit, the best bit about vintage logos is that they’re never going to date because they’re already old.
We saw white tailoring on the catwalks, but this is a trend that works very well in real life, too. Lighten up office wear by teaming a crisp white trouser suit with a classic button-down shirt – or for smart/casual dress codes try a T-shirt and sleek trainers. Take it into the evening by layering on a bold gold chain and adding heeled mules. White shows up everything, so lines and details have to be spot on. This two-piece from Reiss gets it just right.
The Trophy Tote
A tote bag is something you’ll never regret buying; the capacious size continually proves useful for everyday life. A statement style is an effortless way to nod to the current mood in one quick step. Chloé’s fringed Woody tote feels ‘right now’ but the timeless touches (signature shape, leather accents, white-and-tan colour combination) give it longevity. Wear it with spring blouses and jeans on the school run and white sundresses and sandals on holiday.
The Y2K style revival is going strong. While we’ll be leaving velour tracksuits and handkerchief tops firmly in the noughties (once was plenty), we will be giving a nod to the decade with luxe parachute trousers. This unexpected hero actually makes for a versatile spring piece; the lightweight fabric is great for warmer weather and the fluid shape can be restyled for both day and night. The smart thing about these, from Petar Petrov, is the goes-with-everything colour and bandana print. Keep the look timeless with a classic white shirt.
The White Sandal
Over the years, we’ve come to realise that during the warmer months a white shoe will go far. There’s something so refreshing about a pop of crisp white – it immediately gives outfits a summery feel. What’s more, white is just as versatile as black and tan, so trust us when we say you’ll get a lot of wear out of this style. Mango’s flats have really impressed us with the chic knotted detailing and premium-looking finish. The perfect smart-priced transformer – just add a spring pedi.
Straw bags are essential to our spring/summer wardrobes and something we’d never go on holiday without, but the seasonal style doesn’t have to be reserved for trips to the beach. Luxe versions will introduce a bohemian edge to your at-home wardrobe, too. Eschew baskets for classic bag shapes and look for styles with elevated leather details. Gerard Darel’s raffia tote feels joyfully summery (note the braided handle and intricate weave), but the natural colourway and pared-back design gives it polish.
This time of year is the moment to rediscover your classic white shirt. The sharp yet airy piece will immediately freshen up jeans and chinos and is the perfect plain backdrop to spring prints. If you don’t yet own one, this style from Joseph should be next on your shopping list. The iconic brand excels in on-point foundation pieces and the poplin Joe shirt is cut in a classic shape that effortlessly works with everything. Use it to lighten up your leather skirt for a sleek day look.
The Minimal Mini
We’re all about everyday practicality, but now and again it pays to have some fun. While a mini bag might not be your 9-5 hero, it is exactly the right fashion-forward finishing touch on occasions when you can leave your laptop at home. Loewe’s scaled-down Hammock fits just the essentials for school runs and weekends. It’s luxe enough to work for the evening and could even be a summer-wedding accessory. Wear it over your shoulder or as a crossbody, or remove the long strap and carry the top handles.
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