Over the last month I have realised that Spring is definitely my favourite season to dress for. I think we all have our own individual style and often it is when you look back at photos of yourself that you have a "ta da" moment and realise you have found a uniform which suits your life and personality perfectly and appears to be on almost constant rotation. In my humble opinion this is all good news!! Go with it!
Despite loving hot, sunny holidays and being a slave to a suntan ( I know, I know - I do always use sunscreen!), I am not sure dressing for hot, sticky weather and living a busy life in London really match up very well when you are gone 40. Nobody out there needs to see too much of my old lady legs or flabby arms at the best of times. At least on summer holiday everybody is relaxed and after a few glasses of rosé, I am no longer bothered by my long list of bodily imperfections.
Ahh, but in Spring things just work out so well. I can still wear long trousers of any cut I fancy and I can still layer up my tops with vests underneath, long sleeves, short sleeves, a jacket, a cardigan, a blazer. So many versions of my perfect silhouette. And I think it is far easier to look stylish with more than 2 items in an outfit? If you are still dithering about your spring wardrobe and haven't yet managed to find your style, don't panic! In England we will have much more of the Spring weather than we do of summer and so you can invest time and money in getting this right.
This outfit is incredibly simple and yet screams style at the same time...check your wardrobe for these staples and try them on to find your best look. By simply adding a necklace, an armful of bracelets, some bright dangly earrings, a fitted blazer, a clutch purse, heels or even just a vest under the top you can create many different styles for the same outfit of basics.
Finding the right cut of jeans is your most mammoth task and worth really spending the time on. It rarely happens on the first try-on! Once you are confident in what is the most flattering cut for your body (and also suits your lifestyle - don't go giving in to jeans which require stiletto heels to look great if you know you will NEVER get the shoes out of the wardrobe!) try different washes, colours, distressing, patched, etc... I am a huge Denim fan and can barely be found to be wearing anything else. I mix it up with many different styles, but all adapted to suit my body shape and compliment it the best I can.
Then move to your top half. Do you like colour, pattern, stripes, neutrals? What is your preferred neckline? Are you a baggy top kinda girl or fitted and neat? Once you have the top sorted, you can add layers to adjust to the weather - it is nearly always off and on weather with Spring! I know I don't really feel the cold and I prefer not to overheat, so I usually err on the side of too few clothes - you do what feels right for you. I love a blazer to style up any casual t-shirt I am wearing. It can just pull a whole outfit together and yet not look overly dressy. Start with ponte fabric blazers if you like the look. Equally longline slim fit cardigans can help add height and flatter proportions as well as giving some woolly warmth for this of you who feel the cold. Don't be afraid to try different lengths, cuts and fabrics out.
If I am honest, my biggest issue is always with footwear. It can make or break your outfit! I HAVE to be comfortable and any shoes which hurt my feet don't often get a second wearing. Yes we all look amazing in heels, but can I really manage them all day running around after my kids, doing the school run, shopping with clients? Comfortable stylish shoes are my Holy Grail and I am always still on the lookout. The trend of the "super flat" has made me extremely happy! My latest comfort finds - if you have this same issue- are:
This is a similar style to the iconic Swedish Hasbeen clogs, but the sole is softer and lighter.
If it is too warm for sandals I am currently favouring flat pointed numbers like these:
These are my new all-time favourite between-season shoe. They look great with ankle length jeans, boyfriend jeans, midi dresses and skirts as well as above knee length. Plus the leather is butter soft and they fit like a glove. The heel height is a bit too much for me everyday, but because it is so solid I am good for a fair few hours! There are many variations on this style and I am now tempted to add a few more to my wardrobe...they certainly solve that dilemma of skirts/dresses and which footwear without looking mumsy?!
I hope you have some fun figuring out what your "uniform" is and whether you like it or need a change up? Let me know if I can help?!