Spring Weekend Wardrobe Updates
Finally the jumble in the shops has been pushed to one side and the new spring wardrobe updates are starting to filter through. January seemed never ending, such a long, dark, cold and miserable month - and now I've got the damned flu so have been doing a spot of armchair shopping to cheer myself up.
It seems the new season is one of hope, sparkle and joy! The designers have gone mad for pattern, colour and glitter - particularly sugary pastel colours which sadly make me look really ill and about 10 years older. Also, bright strong block colours - again, can't do brights. Luckily there was embellishment, florals, sparkle, sequins and glitter in all the runway shows and I can definitely wear glitter and sequins! As an avid (obsessive) jeans wearer, I like to use sparkle to dress up my daytime look. Also on-trend are tulle and transparent materials (including plastic - yikes) - it's all about see-thru and what lies beneath but mostly about mixing up texture.
Whilst I advise against strictly following trends because most of my personal shopping clients are over 35, it is still good to look current and not like you've been rocking the same clothes since you were 20. Fashion moves fast and it dates, more classic pieces will last but unless you want a completely classic look then it's fun to mix-in a few trend-led current pieces. It keeps your look fresh and fun and we all need a little bit of fairy dust in our wardrobes, especially in the bleak mid-winter.
Here's my round-up of weekend wardrobe staples to update your wardrobe with now.
Outfit 1 - Tulle & Leather/Feminine & Tough
Inspired by the Christian Dior runway image above and all the catwalk shows of the new season. I love the combination of feminine pretty with a tough leather jacket. Wear this kind of skirt now with long fitted boots underneath while it's cold and then when it warms up with trainers or sandals. If you feel a red tulle skirt is a bit over the top (why???! haha), then you can get more low-key versions! H&M has a good selection, I've got a plain grey tulle skirt that is low-key but looks great with a black leather.
2. Outfit 2: Valuable Cargo
Bad title but what I mean is that having a cargo/khaki jacket in your wardrobe is an incredibly valuable and useful piece. These are now a wardrobe staple in the same way as a leather jacket and a blazer. They look so good belted over dresses or skirts (tulle included), great with black jeans or like the photo below with leather leggings or trousers. Also they are all over the shops either embroidered, plain or with sequins and with every price range available from Topshop to the higher-end Anine Bing or Iris and Ink below.
Khaki or cargo jackets look great with a striped top underneath, or the simple white tee above or if you want to be 'on-trend' for this Spring then layer it over a sequin top with ripped jeans. Dressed down with white trainers or dressed up with red heels - total staple!!!!
Lisa Gillbe is a personal shopper and stylist based in London, UK. If you want help this year with your wardrobe for Spring/Summer we are fully booked until May but have space available from then - get in touch to see how Lisa can help with your style and shopping needs.