Although looking outside it’s hard to believe that spring is almost here but I do have faith that it will warm up sooner rather than later… With the advent of spring comes the joy of casting off boots, hats, tights and coats to make room for lighter weight items ready for warmer temperatures. This year I will do a spring round up and later in the year a summer round up as spring is so late this year it seems barely imaginable to write about styles to wear when the temperature is above 20C . As ever, I have been combing shops both online and on the high street as well as looking at Instagram and articles online and in print to bring you my own view of what the six styles for spring 2018 are that you should invest in this year.
- Heritage Check Blazer
Seen everywhere and available everywhere. The jacket shown here is from Zara but similar double and single breasted options are available from &OtherStories, Topshop, H&M, Mango, Asos and all major retailers. It looks good paired with trousers and heels as shown here but great with cropped/ankle grazing denim and ankle boots or over a midi dress. Whilst it does look good I do think this is a trend that isn’t going to run and run so better to buy from one of the above mentioned retailers so you aren’t spending a fortune and wear it up this season. Looks great worn layered over a denim or leather jacket whilst the weather is warming up. Ensure that the colourway you buy is appropriate for your skintone…tan/browny shades if you have warm skin and grey/black tones if you have cool skin. I think I’ll be investing in this Zara one.
Mules come and go in popularity and you could say they are a perennial classic but this year they are big business..whether it is heeled, kitten or flat… easy to wear with denim, trousers, skirts and dresses so you will get a lot of wear out of them and as long as you buy in a colourway that works with the majority of your wardrobe they should last for years to come. I particularly like the style of the ones shown above.. very glamorous… but you will find them everywhere. Try Dune and Kurt Geiger for good options.
- Straight leg raw hem jeans
Whilst cropped straight and wide leg jeans continue to be very prevalent.. the straight leg raw hem jean is definitely the jean cut du jour for 2018. If you look at any fashion influencer or street style star on Instagram they will often be wearing this style. Having decided I wanted to invest in a pair I scoured the internet and found the pair shown above from Mint Velvet..a great fit and wear well and a reasonable price. Similar available from all major retailers. If you can’t find a pair you like you can always take the scissors to an old pair of full length straight leg jeans… as with cropped wide leg jeans they work well with trainers, flats and heels. I think I’ll be living in mine this spring.
- Long trench coat
Always a classic but this year it’s definitely the year of the long line trench coat. Either in standard stone/tan colour for the purists or in a myriad of colours and fabrics for the more adventurous. I have had a mid-thigh length trench coat for years in a stone colour from Banana Republic but will be investing in a longer line trench to look more modern. I know I will wear it this year and next and beyond. Good options at Asos, M&S, &OtherStories and H&M amongst many others. As with the checked blazer go for a warmer colour if you have warm skin and a cooler taupy,stone colour if you have cool skin.
- Floral midi dress
Been around for quite a while and still going strong this season. As it’s such a prevalent look easy to source from Dorothy Perkins all the way to Net a Porter. Favourites of mine are Ganni and Rixo at the top price end and &OtherStories, H&M, Kitri, FCUK, Sosandar and Hush for a lower price point. Looks great with trainers or long or ankle boots with bare legs or tights and paired with denim or leather jacket or the long line trench. It’s so easy to dress quickly with a dress and there are so may colourways and styles around that there will be something that you like and that suits you..this is the one trend I would strongly urge you to invest in this season if you haven’t already..
- Pastel Ice Cream Shades
I try and make these posts generic so that they broadly apply to all readers but this trend for pastels, in particular Lilac the Pantone 2018 colour of the year ,is only really for cool toned women.Lilac, pink, mint green, baby blue and so on are not great on warmer skinned ladies so step away from this trend and concentrate on mustard and orangey tones instead. Lilac, pinks and blues abound for trousers, tops, skirts, dresses, shoes and bags but have shown a knit here so that it’s a doable possibility for spring. Move onto lightweight materials for summer when it finally comes along.
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