One thing I love about March is all the new-season drops. If you’re feeling a bit unsure about all things High Street, then this is when all the pieces with mind-changing properties start arriving. A gingham bralette? Oh go on then. The lighter mornings and slightly more bearable temperatures always make me want to overhaul my wardrobe, but what’s the most sensible way of going about things? How can you translate those trend guides into outfits you actually want to wear?
Well my approach involved a fair amount of Pinterest organisation, strategically browsing ‘New in’ sections and really considering what would work best with what I already have. The thing I find tricky is seeing all the inspo, then either finding nothing like it online or looking a bit ‘meh’ in what I’ve ordered. The result of this wardrobe update isn’t quite street style gallery but items that suit my sometimes nostalgic, sometimes wannabe-Scandi personality.
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The Touchy-Feely Biker
As much as I love leather, sometimes it’s nice to switch up fabrics and try a lighter biker style that won’t seem weird if you wear it as a cardigan. This Mango version is cheaper than real suede so it’s not as much of an issue if you get caught in those April showers. It’s easier to clean and the colour doesn’t scream Summer, making it a handy layer to have all year round.
I’ve styled this with a pretty dress, since I’m a major fan of toughening up items in some kind of way. I usually tune out most florals (remember that Devil Wears Prada quote) but the vibrancy of the lace overlay really caught my eye. It’s another style you can wear beyond the warmer months.
The 90s Wannabe
Bought a button-up dress when Summer seems like it’s ages away? Never fear! My tip is to make it super 90s and layer a t-shirt or poloneck underneath for warmth. It’s a great solution if you like the idea of a slip dress but need a little bit more engineering (the seams near the bust give this a nice streamlined fit). It’s the kind of style that doesn’t date and this subtle check will look great later on in the year.
Dress – Mango, Bag – Radley
The Faith-Restoring Culottes
I’d almost gone off culottes until I discovered this pair. Thanks to a few midriff insecurities, I’d been avoiding anything super-waisted until I saw these and thought ‘Sod it.’ These are a little bit more voluminous thanks to the drape of the fabric and cheeky slits, which are a little more obvious when sat down.
If you’re worried about over-exposure, then layer an oversized trench over the top. Perfect for when the weather’s being a bit indecisive and you’re not quite ready for the mini-lengths. I can also imagine throwing these culottes on whilst on holiday and looking all kinds of chill.
Well that’s me sorted for now! The best thing about SS17 is that it’s a bit of a mixed bag in terms of trends and there’s some great updates to things you might have spotted (and missed) last year. I’m so glad I finally have a button-up dress that fits properly! Fingers crossed that I can get the cost-per-wear right down by August…
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