Call me an optimist, but the appearance of blossom has me well and truly in spring mode and I'm eagerly awaiting the chilly temperatures to follow suit. I'm ready to swap hardened footwear and woollen outerwear for lightweight trench coats and blazers. If the weather was no object, I'd also revert to wearing natural fabrications and outfits sans coats but, in the meantime, I've discovered styling techniques and pieces that are both weather appropriate and freshly inspired.
Fashion month has drawn to a close. Although it's been a thought-provoking season, it's succeeded in its mission to inspire on the design front. One of my biggest takeaways from fashion month (and a common thread across all fashion capitals) was the prevalence of excess in the most demure way. Swathes of fabric, draping and fluid silhouettes were introduced as the spring equivalent of the cape and scarf coats. Tove, YSL, Loewe and Sinead O Dwyer spearheaded this regal approach to clothing by showcasing long, liquid-like silhouettes and retailers were quick to react to the fashion forecast.
Currently, I'm most excited by textiles and going forward I'll be juxtaposing fuzzy knits with lightweight fibres - like linen and silk - particularly in skirt form. I'm also introducing pale hues into my collection, as an intentional nod to warmer months. I can't help but be captivated by the statement accessories on offer, either as many of them boast a timeless appeal and many accessories can be integrated into a look, no matter the weather. Spring is also the time I experiment with (albeit muted) colourways and inject some unconventional hues into my pre-existing wardrobe. Green, ochres and cocoa hues are coaxing me out of my neutral colour pallet hole and I'm enjoying the switch-up.
If you're feeling inspired by warm weather dressing like me, keep scrolling to see my edit of the pieces to keep on your radar for spring - including some good quality high street gems!
Shop My Edit for March:
As someone who favours timeless dresses, I rely on simple features and textures to elevate designs. I recently acquired this stunning dress and I can't wait to wear it with knee-high boots now and heeled sandals when the weather picks up. This style is available in sizes XXS-XXL and fits true to size.
Maxi's are garnering quite the fanbase but on-the-knee skirts are also proving popular. This style by the master of directional pieces, Jacquemus, comes complete with a chained waist accent and lingerie-inspired strap for a sexy illusion. Add a white shirt, or fitted jumper and mules for a finished look.
The taught neckline is inspired and perhaps my favourite style of top this season. It may be considered basic but it feels anything but. It has a dressed-up feel because of the subtle design features. There are so many ways to wear this - I'd pair it with 2023's much-coveted column maxi and statement earrings for an easy-wearing and glamorous look.
Rose Adorned appliques on a wonderfully '80s style blouse - there's something wonderfully Sixteen Candles about it. Add jeans and pumps and don't hesitate to finish the look with bold earrings or lip paint to fully commit to the vintage look.
Gym+Coffee’s newest sub-brand, GPC has launched a capsule lounge collection in two colourways - Ashwood and Earth Green. The range comprises organic cotton pieces if you're looking for off-duty loungewear for home and travel. Keep your eyes peeled on the site as the doors to this exclusive collection open every Thursday.
It never ceases to amaze me how much the high street excels when it comes to the production of timeless accessories. Massimo Dutti is always my first port of call when it comes to attainable accessories. This coffee and ochre hybrid is a splash of colour to introduce into a monochromatic capsule.
Larger-than-life décolletage decorations have dominated the accessory market since 2022 and the theme continues this year. There's something '90s and bohemian about the puffy heart jewel. Perhaps it's the rope chain or oversized pendant but it's complete throwback nostalgia.
I have summer sun on my mind, so I was pleased to discover Reina Olga - a brand hailing from Italy, with a curation of high-quality swimwear. The pieces will stay in your swimwear wardrobe for years to come due to their timeless silhouettes and quality. With clever styling, you can wear this as a bandeau and be in keeping with this season's trends.
Gabriella Hearst's designs are always considered and this clementine hue will bring a burst of sunshine whilst we wait for the forecast to follow. In the meanwhile, pair it with mahogany accessories and gold jewels aplenty.
I've been eyeing this Longchamp tote since seeing it modelled by a very chic travel companion last year and I've lost count of the times I've seen them worn in Paris. I think it's about time I invest in one of my own - they're travel and errand friendly and therefore a worthwhile investment piece.
I can attest to the quality of Sheertex and have even put their 'rip-proof' claims to the test with a sample. As someone who is conscious of their consumption, buying a good quality pair of tights will prevent you from replacing laddered pairs often. I'll be popping these under all of my skirts and dresses for the foreseeable.
Allow me to introduce you to The Dropped Collection - a fresh brand with a unique take on capsule items. Take this shirtdress, for example - it comprises a nipped-in waist feature, panelling and taught sleeves. It's also in the chicest colourway with an impressive composition to match.