I Tried on Everything at John Lewis, Topshop and Whistles—These 5 Buys Matter

Here at Who What Wear UK, we're all about delivering the latest and greatest shopping edits, as approved by our team. That's why we've created a new shopping column, The Joy of Shopping, which will see me, Joy Montgomery, heading to all your favourite stores to test out new-in pieces IRL. From summer dresses to the brands you might've forgotten about, prepare for changing room selfies aplenty. Is there something you'd like me to cover? Make sure to tweet or Instagram me your requests!

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling a little uninspired by my clothes right now. Whether it's a consequence of the temperamental weather or the fact that I've worn my winter clothes to death, all I can say is that every morning I open my wardrobe and it gives me nothing—nada. No matter how hard I try, it just won't cooperate.

To be perfectly honest, I think I'm overwhelmed by choice.Not to blame Instagram for all my sartorial issues, but I do believe even the most ardent of fashion lovers can reach a saturation point. Every day we're bombarded by new trends, fresh influencers to follow and, of course, style inspiration on tap. Individually, these are great things, but we all have limits on how much we can absorb before we go a little loopy.

So what's the antidote to this existential style crisis? It's simple: It's time to take a bulldozer to that mounting sense of fashion obligation you're experiencing (aka the list of trends you feel you should buy into even though they're not very "you"), strip it back to ground zero and start again—whether that's mentally or literally. What better time for a wardrobe clear-out, anyway?

So with that in mind, for my latest shopping story, I cut through the detritus and handpicked five key pieces from Topshop, John Lewis & Partners and Whistles that I'm building my spring wardrobe on. These are no ordinary basics. They're a streamlined edit of pieces that will stand out from the crowd and work bloody hard from spring right through to winter. Scroll down to see and shop the 18 items that will kick-start your spring style.