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The Spring Trends It’s Worth Investing In & Where To Buy Them

What’s in my basket right now…

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Spring has finally arrived and isn’t it bloody brilliant? It’s once again a reminder that the winter months are just pretty grim, and even though I’m sad to say goodbye to my wool coats and chunky knits, I am READY for the extremely short three-day ‘sandals, jeans and a light knit’ season, thinner jackets and a time in the near future when you don’t have to layer up for single digit weather in the evenings. IT’S COMING GUYS! So today I’ve rounded up the four categories that not only am I getting the most wear out of right now, they are ones that I pretty much come back to every year, and for that reason deem them a worthy investment in your wardrobe…

CHUNKY SANDALS

If you’re unsure what to dig out of your wardrobe footwear-wise then here’s what you need to get to the forefront immediately. I predict four main sandal styles will reign supreme this season. First up, the CHANEL Dad Sandals*, they’ve had a solid two years at the top of the charts and they aren’t going anywhere – I’ve linked loads of dupes for those here*. Then of course the Birkenstock Boston Clogs*, you’re seeing these *everywhere* and with good reason. They are so very comfortable, and just leave an outfit feeling a bit more relaxed with their presence – I’ve managed to find some neutral shades in stock here*. The Row Ginza Sandals* are still a classic too. I actually sold my pair as I found them to be a little heavy and clompy on my feet, but MANGO* have such a good dupe in and M&S* too. The new kids on the block are The Row Fisherman Sandals*. They creeped in a little last summer, but this summer they have made their way onto the high-street thanks to these dupes from MANGO* and these from John Lewis*. They might feel a bit bulky, but try them with a floaty skirt and delicate anklet for a nice contrast.


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STRAW BAGS

I feel like I come back to this category every year, but you just can’t go wrong with a gigantic straw bag. If you’re struggling with spring dressing just sling on a huge straw bag and you’re sorted, seriously. Plus they are great to throw in all your inevitable spring layers that you will no doubt boil in because you’ve got the weather completely wrong. I have one I use all spring/spring summer long from a brand called WOOD/GREY which is sadly no longer available, but this MANGO* one is really similar and looks just as big. I like the look of this MANGO Raffia Tote Bag* too. If you fancy going down the designer route, Loewe* is where to head first. I really like their classic Logo-Embossed Large Palm Leaf and Leather Basket*, but their Small Leather Trimmed Raffia Woven Tote* looks super cute and slightly more structured if that’s what you’re looking for.


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TRENCH COAT

Trench coats had previously been quite a fleeting thing in my wardrobe. I’d never found ‘the one’ you know? But thanks to some extreme digging online early last year I finally found the trenches that I couldn’t get out of my head – the Toteme Pisa Trench* – which I quickly snapped up in the beige and the black. I couldn’t tell you which one I’ve worn more, but I wear them both ALL THE TIME. Sadly the black is no longer made, but the beige is back in stock with just a few tweaks. The buttons, the wrist ties, the length – it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Beige ones are pretty easy to come by like this ARKET Cotton Linen Coat*, Weekday Travis Oversized Trench Coat* or the Weekday Cassie Fluid Trench Coat* (I love the flow of this one), but in terms of a black option try the ARKET Linen Cotton Trench Coat* or the Monki Single-Breasted Black Trench Coat*.


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TAILORED TROUSERS

I will forever be a denim wearer, but I have to say this is the year of the trouser for me. Maybe I’m just rebelling against my 2021 year of the legging, but a trouser just adds something to an outfit. A slight elevation that means you can drop into a meeting, but head out for dinner with friends afterwards and still feel comfortable. My favourites are still the Toteme Arles Fluid Trousers (putting their full name here incase you ever want to look for them secondhand online as they are now sadly out of production), but I have found some dupes for you. The Jigsaw Blake Wool Twill Trousers* look like the best option because they have a completely flat front like the Toteme style, but the COS High Waisted Wide-Leg Trouser* look so darn chic too. I’m also loving the Frankie Shop Tansy Trousers, an extremely billowing wide-leg style with a heavy double-pleat down the front. The light colour and fabric means they are perfect for the spring/summer season. Once again COS are on the dupe game again with these Wide-Leg Tailored Trousers* and I have linked up more dupes up for you here*.


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Photos by Mark Newton

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