Spring has officially sprung. And its been a (very) long time coming. Temperatures have hit 18 (once), I've braved a bare leg (twice), one of those time I had to buy some tights mid way through the day (ta England) and every other picture on my Instagram feed are pink blossoms.. yup British spring time I welcome you with open arms.
As a tribute to this happy season and at the request of my pal Annie Robinson, I've written a post on some (fantastic) spring trends and where to find them.
(S)leeve me breathless
Tempt me, tease me, 'till i can't deny this, looovinngg feeling... aka lyrics that accurately sum up my feelings towards this H&M Studio lace shirt of absolute dreams (thanks to The Corrs for some ultimate lyrical nostalgia).
From the extravagantly flared, excessively frilled, ruffled and fluted this season is all about the statement sleeves and this number ticks all the boxes. As soon as I saw this shirt in the H&M pre-fashion show teaser stories I knew I needed it. The lace collar, ruffles and drawstring sleeve detail are straight out of a Charles Dickens novel. However, if you don't want to spend a ridiculous amount on a shirt, as this one will set you back a cool £80, here are some more accessible alternatives for your perusal:
From floral, to tropical, to oriental, print in some form or another is a spring staple. It adds a needed bit of colour and cheerfulness to pull you out of your dark winter wardrobe and lift any look. I love this Zara oriental print bodysuit because its so easy to wear and pair with blue jeans which are my go to at the moment. After what feels like a lifetime in tights I can't bring myself to wear them as the weather starts to get warmer, I have a genuine issue with tights on a sunny spring day which is why jeans are my alternative as its not yet warm enough to don the continuous bare leg.
I mean, I just bloody love Zara, I think most of my wardrobe consists of Zara purchases and this beaut, silk, oriental pint bodysuits is no exception to the "had to buy" series of Zara clothes I own. This is my, ahem, third Zara bodysuit.. and I regret nothing. What I love about this particular one is the little neck tie/scarf. It's such a lovely detail that adds an extra element to the top and also hides the deep v-neckline underneath which I feel is a bit too overly exposing for this on-and-off dreary weather (she says whilst attempting, and failing, to bust a bare leg in 12 degrees). The sleeves are a lovely length too, my other two aforementioned bodysuits are long sleeve so i'm enjoying the springy quality to this one.
Some other prints on my wish list:
Gingham (is still) Winning
We thought we'd said goodbye to this trend last summer, but the picnic-blanket-come-primary-school-uniform trend is still very much winning. I have several pieces in my wardrobe. I'm particularly crushing on red gingham at the moment, having picked up what is fast becoming my new favourite dress from a charity shop in Chiswick. This dress was originally Hobbs and was also originally mid calf length... obviously I saw to that very quickly, and it's now a much more appropriate mid-thigh length!
There is so much great gingham out there at the moment, here are some of my favourites:
Pins and Needles Gingham Picnic Dress
Topshop Gingham Jumpsuit
Vero Moda Gingham Ruffle Front Smock Dress
Sling it back to me
Another spring favourite of mine is the slingback - again this trend has filtered through from last summer but with the addition of a kitten heel. I'm not really a heel kind of girl, partly because I'm already pretty tall, but mainly because I'm clumsy as hell and have been known to trip over in a pair of converse. However, I have embraced the sling back trend full on, purchasing both a sensible flat pair and a potentially precarious heeled pair. They are particularly lovely for spring as they bridge that gap between a shoe and a sandal, I love them with jeans and fishnets.
Next Red Pointed Slingbacks (below left)
Zara Heeled Gingham Slingbacks (below right)