…because the new-in sections look *goooood*
Although I’m trying to shop less these days – and I feel like this year so far I’m actually succeeding! WHO AM I!? – I really enjoy putting my monthly edits together. It’s such a good time to get a lay of the land and of course it naturally adds an item or two to my wishlist, whether I want to purchase new or try and find a second-hand dupe. But it also gives me a moment to consider what I have in my wardrobe already that caters for that particular trend or category and often gives me new ideas on how to style and pair together pieces I already have. So whilst putting together ‘The March Edit‘ I came across these four trends, which I have already dipped my toe into and are just spot-on for spring, but I thought I’d collate them in a post for you too to see what is topping my spring mood board…
A SHORT TRENCH
I absolutely love this oversized MaxMara Vintage Coat that I picked up from Wear Not New the year before last. It has a slightly flared swing shape to it and it’s just so perfectly suited to spring. It’s wool, so has the ability to keep in a bit of warmth, but the off-cream shade just screams spring. It’s actually a really hard coat to dupe as it’s not a style that is stocked all that often. But this season there seems to be a few cut-off trench fits that actually look pretty similar and I keep on coming back to this ARKET Short Trench Coat*, which looks like such a beaut of a jacket. It’s not cropped but it’s still a shorter style, and the wide lapels make it fun for styling. I ADORE the colour too – perfectly paired with a mid-wash blue denim. Now this Mango Belt Flowy Trench* isn’t exactly right in terms of length, but I love the minimal detailing and the fact that that makes it pretty timeless in your wardrobe – plus it’s decent value.
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HUES OF LILAC
If you are familiar with my wardrobe in any way, shape or form then you will know what colour is for the most part a no-no. Yes I’m boring and was bought up on idolising Posh Spice’s LBD’s as a 10 year old – it’s been a long time thing. However, last year I invested in the ARKET Bell-Sleeve Alpaca Jumper in Lilac* and well, turns out it’s quite nice having some colour in your wardrobe. WHO KNEW?! I’ve found it best to put my money into more pastel, jewel-like tones – they just suit my complexion best, so have a play around and find and feel out what you feel great in and what works best with colours you already have in your wardrobe. I’m actually looking forward to cracking out my lilac jumper for spring, and if you’ve worked out that you’re partial to it too then I have some recommendations. This ARKET Ribbed Racer Tank* would be fab for layering, as would this & Other Stories Wool-Blend Tortoise Button Cardigan*. If you fancy a bargain this Les Tien Lilac Ombré T-Shirt* is a whopping 70% off in the sale, or I like the look of this & Other Stories Fitted Frill Neck Rib Top* which is very similar to a BASERANGE one I have that I’ve been wearing non-stop under jumpers.
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It’s hardly a groundbreaking new addition to my wardrobe, but I LIVED in my oversized shirts from this time last year, and basically all through the summer too. A few linen shirts – in a variety of colours and patterns – can really see you through the warmer months. I wore it with jeans and a vest top underneath for the spring, then tied them over dresses and skirts or tucked them into shorts or matching linen trousers for the summer. The bigger the better in my eyes as it leads to more styling opportunities – I even wore it as a beach cover-up on boiling days. Of course pick whichever fabric you feel most comfortable in, but linen is a winner for me – despite the fact that it crumples and creases up in a matter of minutes – because it’s so cooling to wear because I might be one of the sweatiest humans walking this planet. The ARKET Oversized Linen Shirts* are brilliant (note: they are extremely oversized, so size down if you don’t want to have too much excess fabric if you’re more prone to tucking your shirts in), and I love the With Nothing Underneath Linen Shirts too – they do great limited edition colours over the summer.
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AN OVER THE SHOULDER BAG
I’ve always loved this particular shape of bag. Not only is it practical, but it’s a comfortable bag to wear too and the styling of it just always so darn chic to me. Now I’m not talking a massive over the shoulder bag here – although those are handy, especially if you ever need to lug around your laptop – I’m talking about a more petite version of that. You can still fit in all the essentials, but hey we’re literally just going for walks round the block these days anyway. In my own wardrobe my version of it is the Elleme Raisin Raffia Bag* – the strap can be set to a long setting which allows it to hang low or be worn cross body, or set shorter and ta-dah an over the shoulder bag is created. It’s been a while since I’ve been taken by a bag, but the ARKET Woven Leather Tote* is just lush and I promise it has nothing to do with the impeccable styling on the website – it’s actually a very similar shape to my pre-loved Celine Hobo Bag*. A fabric style is a nice option too as they tend to be cheaper; this ARKET Leather Trimmed Jute Tote* looks like a nice spring/summer transition bag that’s plenty roomy enough.
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Photos by Mark Newton