Warmer, blossom-filled, blue-sky days are here – and we couldn’t be happier. As for our wardrobes, the palette is fresh, the shapes are clean and the pieces are super-versatile. We may not be ready to lose all our layers just yet, but the step-change sure feels good.
While there are a lot of things Petro and Laura do joined at the hip, planning their spring wardrobes isn’t one of them. Partly because they often gravitate towards quite different styles, but also because sometimes it’s good to figure out what you love before seeking someone else’s opinion. Even among best friends, it can get dicey. So it was a funny thing when the shoot rail came together, which is always a mix of new things and pieces Laura and Petro are already wearing, and they had so much in common. There were no prints, anywhere (which is saying something for these floral obsessives). And the palette was all monochrome and earthy shades. Read on for the dream pieces you can wear right now – and well into high summer.
Regular readers will know we’re big believers in the transformative powers of a suit. Especially lightweight tailoring in unexpected shades, like olive green. The longline jacket and cuffed trousers give this suit that warm-weather appeal, and while it works with heels, we’ll swap them for trainers when it’s time to take the look down a notch.
When it comes to wearing a suit (rather than it wearing you) use accessories to really make it your own. We paired khaki linen with tonal, ladylike accessories — all with a wild finish. Mostly, your choice should be motivated by balance: we love the relaxed silhouette of the suiting off-set by a polished bag and shoes (in eye-catching prints).
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
The leather trench coat has been an off-duty trend with the street-style set for a few seasons, but we weren’t tempted until this style crossed our path. It’s actually faux, but felt luxuriously soft and lightweight. And if you love a classic with a twist, this coat has all the hallmarks of a trench, simply reimagined in the happiest of shades.
BACK IN BLACK
Around this time of year, we’re usually stepping into our favourite florals. But this spring, we’re gravitating towards pretty summer dresses – in black. And it’s a statement we’re loving. The secret to making it work is opting for super-feminine styles and a mix of finishes and fabrics.
Be still our beating hearts – this is the reason we turn to Ulla Johnson for spring. Her clothes are so wearable and feminine, but still modern. And since we’re nothing if not pragmatic, matching separates just make sense. You get one statement look, but when you take those pretty pieces and pair them with your staples, you also get a whole new wardrobe.
INTO THE BLUE
After months of winter dressing, switching gears can be hard. That’s why it helps to have transition pieces, like a front-button denim maxi. It’s perfect with a tonal polo-neck while there’s still a chill in the air, but will look just as good with a white tee and sandals in months to come. And the retro vibes make us love it even more.
When it comes to everyday elegance, nothing beats a perfectly considered white dress. It feels like a sartorial palette cleanse. What we love about this Joseph one is the weighty fabric, roomy fit and cinched-in waist (with our favourite summer accessory: a fabric-covered belt). Paired with Valentino slides, it’s simply perfect.
WE ALL GO LOGO
Shall we talk about logos for a second? To be specific, the archive variety that are cropping up on the most covetable belts and shoes this spring. The reason we’re so smitten with this trend is that when designers revive and reinvent their most iconic elements, you know you’re buying a forever piece.
B IS FOR BEIGE
Beige may have always been a classic shade, but this season it’s having a moment. The key to wearing it head-to-toe without feeling too straitlaced? A minimal design with interesting details. For us, this Topshop midi dress hits the spot. Side note: it’s so well-made – with covered buttons, impeccable outer-stitching and pleating in all the right places – that you’ll keep everyone guessing.
OUR VERY OWN MARY POPLIN
For Laura, chinos and spring go together like pesto and pasta. She practically lives in them, and loves that they are smart, comfortable and pair perfectly with her (many) broderie anglaise tops. Isa Arfen’s high-rise pair are super-flattering, especially with white mules and a sporty bag.
If you’ve got denim fatigue, some good news. We’ve found the perfect pair to show off your prettiest blouses and loveliest heels. Even better: we’ve seen this sailor style flatter many different body shapes, so please do give them a try if you’re in need of a refresh. As for the Fabrizio Viti shoes, let’s just say our bow obsession continues.
DESPERATELY SEEKING NOSTALGIA
The 90s is back this spring, and it’s not so much about buying new pieces as styling your classics in a slightly different way. Think daytime silk with a boxy denim jacket and minimal slides – it’s a nod to the very best that decade had to offer. Although we’re resisting the scrunchie (been there, done that).
If you naturally gravitate towards tailoring, like Petro, or just need something a little more grown-up for your summer work wardrobe, this white wrap dress has your name written all over it. The design is minimal, but there are cool details, like a knotted leather belt, large pocket and asymmetrical hem, that make it feel relaxed.
ONE HIT WONDER
The right jumpsuit will do as much heavy-lifting as the perfect day dress or a tailored suit. We know this because Laura has worn her Sea jumpsuit everywhere for the last two weeks. As for trainers, they’ll be your most-worn pair of shoes this spring. Our pick is Veja: they are stylish, simple, sustainable and super-comfortable.
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