The desire for newness at the start of a fashion season is undeniable. An influx of the latest silhouettes, textures, prints and colours is enough to have you dreaming of a total wardrobe overhaul. However, just a few strategic additions to the pieces you already own will provide all the refresh you need.
This season, there are a handful of items that sum up the modern style mood so thoroughly, they immediately give the classics a new point of view. We’re not talking high-trend faddy buys, but rather intelligently designed updaters with a contemporary spirit, by way of reimagined cuts, fresh takes on fabrics and reinvented details. What’s more, they aren’t tricky to wear. In fact, once slotted into your wardrobe, they can be mixed and matched with everyday staples throughout spring, into summer and beyond. Think of them as a concentrated shot of new-season thrill that you’ll enjoy wearing again and again.
The Knitted Vest
Last seen in the ’70s, the knitted vest has been making a comeback for the last few seasons, transforming from retro throwback into a contemporary layering piece. For spring, it provides the perfect solution to in-between weather; wear over tops and dresses when you need that extra hit of warmth. Team it with shorts and sandals during the summer, adding thin roll necks underneath come autumn. Keep it light with cotton or crochet and choose a versatile round or V-neck that will work over lots of collar styles.
The Loose Jeans
The quickest – and easiest – way to bring your wardrobe up to date is with a new trouser shape. Right now, this means loose jeans. While our straight- and slim-legs will forever be treasured, a wider style taps into the luxe, laid-back aesthetic that’s dominating the fashion landscape. The aim is relaxed, not baggy, so look for jeans that fit snugly around your waist, then loosen at the leg. Wear them with polished pieces, such as a white T-shirt and blazer for day, crisp shirting and heels for evening.
The Frilled Shirt
As we peel off our winter jumpers, the questions that presents itself is, ‘What to wear on top?’. The answer: a frilled shirt. Sitting somewhere between a classic button-down, blouse and smock, a frilled shirt comes with everyday wearability, while packing plenty of springtime appeal. Tapping into a mood for romance, this is the piece that will give new life to your chinos, leather trousers, denim skirts and jeans. Breathable, soft cotton styles can be worn right into the summer months.
The New Pearl Necklace
Cast all fusty associations aside – pearl necklaces are having a major renaissance moment, and they’ve never looked chicer. Think freshwater chokers with luxe gold chains, classic strings updated with playful beads and charms, and pearly pendants that can be layered up or worn solo. These contemporary strands are just the ticket to freshen up shirts and blazers and give a little glow to casual T-shirts and light knits. Wear them in the evening as a modern take on cocktail jewellery, too.
The Vintage Bag
Not every updater is born out of newness – case in point: the vintage bag. Thanks to luxury fashion houses refocusing on their iconic bags of the past, heritage logos and archival shapes are feeling oh-so fresh again. If you already have a classic in your closet, congratulations, you’ve hit jackpot. Treat it to some TLC via repair services such as The Restory. For those in the market to invest, look for styles with vintage-inspired detailing. Or reach for revamped signatures such as Gucci’s Jackie 1961.
The Touch Of Crochet
If you only invest in one updater this season, make it something crafted from crochet. The folksy classic has been given a contemporary overhaul and repositioned as a chic textural touch. When styling crochet, the trick is to juxtapose its intricacy with pared-back elements. Try a crochet top with utilitarian cargo trousers, team a crochet dress with sleek sandals and bag. A playful crochet accessory is the perfect transforming piece to give your daily uniform of-the-moment oomph.
The Modern Chinos
Chinos are hardly a new spring concept, but the utilitarian classic has undergone a modernisation this season, and the result is a style that makes everyday dressing both easy and on-the-pulse. It’s all about relaxed cuts, wider legs and rolled cuffs that still look polished but have a relaxed attitude. These will instantly up the style factor of your casual basics, so make sure to introduce them to your T-shirts and trainers. Or wear them smartly with a spring blouse and heeled pumps.
The Buckled Flat
When a style sticks for several seasons, you know it’s a keeper. Chunky, buckled sandals have been on the radar for a little while and continue to give of-the-moment appeal to anything they are worn with. Go for versions that are simple and sleek and you’ll be slipping them on for years to come. While they easily work with casual pieces, they excel when used to take the primness out of smarter styles. Try wearing them with summer tailoring, romantic dresses, floral prints and frills.
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