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  • Issue No. 279
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Spring Dressing Made Simple With These 10 Wardrobe Essentials

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The Utility Jumpsuit
Or the one-piece wonder, as we sometimes call it. A jumpsuit is a great no-hassle outfit that can be easily dressed up or down, but a utility jumpsuit has a special place in our wardrobes. There’s a simplicity and practicality about the style that never ages. Our top tip is to add a little oomph with midi-heels or statement jewellery, to stop it looking too functional. And make the most of the belt, using it to cinch in the waist and add definition.
The Updated Trench
There’s no need for us to extol the many virtues of a trench; by now, we’re sure you’re well aware of the classic item’s many qualities. Instead, we’ll focus on the tweaks that make this outer layer feel current – an oversized fit, wide sleeves, earthy tones, subtle detailing and a cropped hemline.
Khaki Trousers
When we want to break out of denim, khaki-hued trousers are what we turn to. They feel relaxed yet smart and add a sense of utilitarian ease to a look. Find the colour that works for you, from true khaki green to muddier brown tones or even sandy beiges – all are on the utilitarian spectrum and offer the same effect. For a pop of colour, try adding a red accessory to the mix, or keep the whole look in the same neutral palette for a shortcut to easy chic.
The White Blouse
The power of a white blouse in a wardrobe cannot be understated. It’s one of those fail-safe pieces that you can turn to on days when outfit decisions are a little too overwhelming. Pair with denim, skirts, chinos, leather – anything goes. We always suggest a slightly oversized fit, while feminine details, such as blouson sleeves, subtle frills and delicate buttons, add interest.
Chunky Sandals
We love a dainty, minimalist sandal, but when the season switches, it’s chunky-soled numbers that we get the most wear out of. Providing comfort and style in equal measure, they are far more practical for days spent on your feet, whether that’s at work or on holiday. Their versatility is unrivalled, too – they anchor a floaty dress or skirt just as well as they accompany smart tailoring or denim.
Few shoes look as elegant as the slingback, and they’re perfect for spring. Go for a pointed toe, narrow strap and, for optimum wearability, a low-to-mid heel. Think about fabric, too – while a leather pair may be best for the office, suede looks softer and is more versatile in terms of what it can be paired with (i.e. everything).
The Black Summer Dress
So simple, yet so useful to have in your sartorial arsenal, a dress with sleeves is a true hero piece for spring, when the weather is still frustratingly unpredictable. Find the colour and style that suits your aesthetic best, be it prairie, shirt or A-line, and marvel in how many different ways you can wear from now right through until autumn.
Neutral Suiting
If you take one thing from this guide, make it neutral suiting. With suits already a mainstay in our wardrobes, we’re always looking for ways to make them feel fresh but still timeless. Right now, it’s all about soft, neutral colours that will see you through the warmer seasons and juxtapose the feeling of heaviness that can sometimes come with tailored pieces. Opt for oversized, slouchy fits.
The Maxi Skirt
The maxi is back, and we’re loving how it can switch up our wardrobes. More dramatic in feel than a midi, it adds a chicness that we didn’t realise we’d been missing. Whether you opt for a clean column style, denim floor-sweeper or pleated version, it’s about embracing the longer hemline. A simple white shirt or minimal tank top is all you need – the maxi skirt is a piece that deserves to be the star of the outfit.
Slouchy Jeans
Nothing tracks the collective style psyche quite like denim. The preferred jean silhouette has been getting gradually slouchier for the last few years, and it’s had a transformative effect on our wardrobes, leading to a more classic, relaxed feel. We recommend a high-waisted fit with a wide, straight leg for maximum versatility.