Transitional spring weather can be one of the most awkward times of the year to dress for, especially in this country! In the last 8 days I’ve sat in my garden in my shorts, soaked up the sun, filled my wellies with water when the garden flooded and today a covering of snow.
There’s certainly been four seasons in a week here in Suffolk and that makes the decisions on what to wear just a little bit tricky.
On occasions, it’s just a bit too warm to wear a winter coat, but a tad too chilly to slip on your favourite sandals and you just never know when you leave the house if the clothes you are wearing are suitable for whatever the good old British weather is going to throw at you or on you!
Spring is all about new life and bright colours, the crisp warm greens of new leaves and the vibrant yellow of the daffodils. It’s a great time to experiment with colour in unexpected, striking combinations and contrasts and just adding a splash of colour to your well-worn winter outfit will give you and it a real spring lift! Try pairing different neutrals for a sophisticated look, or team two neutrals with a splash of colour for impact.
A patterned skirt is perfect for spring – try a tiered or sheer skirt or even a full pleat to be on trend for the Summer Season. (Sheer Delight, Feminine Ease and Future Classic are the Trends for Spring /Summer). Different skirt lengths suit different bodies and personalities so wearing the right length can make or break an outfit. Are you a mini, midi or a maxi?
Skirts are so versatile, they can be teemed with boots, knitwear or trainers for the cooler weather and when its warmer bring out the sandals and ditch the knitwear.
A spring jacket or cardigan in one of your wow colours is a sure way to keep the cooler days or evenings at bay. Make sure you don’t just buy the right colour but the right length, size, cut and shape. Crochet items are on trend and embrace a sense of ease and femininity, a great contrast to the minimalist looks that are prevalent this season. Look for something that will serve you right through to the Autumn.
Alternatively invest in a transitional trench coat which you can wear year after year, if this is an investment piece for you then it’s a good idea to choose a great neutral colour from your seasonal palette so you can wear it with everything. You can use colour in your accessories to add impact. If a trench coat is not your thing the Casual and comfortable tailoring of a jersey boyfriend blazer embraces the comfy clothing we’ve been used to for the last year and is great for cooler days. It’s also very versatile wear it with jeans on cooler days or with a skirt to give an extra layer and a smarter option.
It’s time to bring out the Sunglasses again so look around for a style that really suits you. Unless you are a winter palette avoid black rims if you can. Warm coloured sun specs for springs and autumns and cooler toned shades are advisable for winters and summers. Make sure the style is flattering - these days the shapes and styles on offer are endless.
Darker bags can look too heavy for Spring and Summer time outfits so now is the time to have a look for a bag that complements your March to September wardrobe. A bright coloured bag is a great way to add colour and impact to your outfit. Especially if that outfit is in your best neutrals. Equally investing in a stylish pair of colourful shoes in one of your wow colours makes you stand out from the crowd of Black and brown shoes and boots.
Try a different make-up look too using eye shadow palettes and lipsticks in colours that really suit you, this will change up a winter outfit completely, so if you think it’s still a bit cold to change your wardrobe, this is an easy way to start the transition!
After months spent in lockdown this summer’s trends are comfort driven, roomy fits in skirts, dresses and trousers, elasticated waists and with pretty frills, sheers and ruffles. Remember to stay true to what makes you feel comfortable and fabulous – we don’t all suit ruffles!