4 Trends I will be adopting for spring…

Tee: Le Mot (from last year but M&S has some fab logo tees for £6.50 here). Jeans: £49.95, Gap (these were part of my edit for a shoot I worked with them on last month). Shoes: Zara (old). Photograph: Christopher O’Donnell.

The sun was shining last week! And it has got me all excited for spring…I’m really enjoying the new colours and fabrics that are coming through for the new season but it also doesn’t necessarily mean you have to buy ALL of the clothes. The great thing about knowing your own style is honing in on the more ‘useful’ trends. I know I’m not ever going to be sporting cycling shorts for fashion and that’s okay! Fashion can be appreciated in all different ways.

I do believe that a few, edited, smart choices will help lift your wardrobe for the months ahead and you might even find you have a few bits you can revisit from your existing wardrobe!

Here are the pieces I think would really add value to your current pieces, and that I am considering…

YELLOW

Jumper: H&M (old). Skirt: £29, (sold out in yellow – told you it was a ‘thing’!), Topshop. Shoes: Topshop (old). Hairslide: Accessorize (old).

Up until a few years ago, there was zero yellow in my wardrobe. One dress, one crew-neck and one silk skirt later: I am converted. And it is surprisingly easy to wear – try teaming with neutral knits or wearing with denim to tone it down. Or look for more of a honey or mustard hue, there are in fact tons of different yellows to work with different skin tones, too.

Jumper: Gap (last season).

HAIR ACCESSORIES

Scrunchie: Matilda & Grace via Etsy.

Last season was all about the hairslide, and whilst that’s still big…we’re going even further with scrunchies, multiple clips and even the hairband. For me, this is a great accessible update to the new season. I love this red leopard hairband and I would keep it grown up with perhaps an all black outfit.

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STRAPPY SANDALS

‘Strippy’ heels: £46, Topshop.

I’m not really sure how to describe these, as they’re basic strappy sandals but they’re a little uglier than usual. But in my eyes they’re the useful sandals you’ve always needed. I also love that the main selling point is a much easier to wear heel height. Generally a kitten or midi heel, these look great with those bias cut skirts we’re seeing everywhere, they’re the perfect heel height to wear to a wedding without needing flats (although I’d take some, just in case) or I’d wear with a straight leg jean, white tee and blazer for a smart/casual dinner situation.

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WIDE LEG DENIM

The move to wider leg denim has been slow yet it’s lingering. We’ve all just about got used to a 90s straight leg jean and now we’re going back to the 70s again. This type of trouser comes in many guises this season: there are high waist options, button fronts, cropped legs – as long as it’s wide, it’s in.

There’s even a resurgence of the bootcut ‘dad’ jean, but let’s not talk about those…

I’ve always been drawn to what is being called a ‘barrel leg’ jean – cropped wide leg trousers….super flattering and look great with trainers or flats in the summer and can easily be dressed up with a pump and a frilly blouse for the evening…

My wide-leg khaki from 3 years ago via Madewell (still my best purchase ever).

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I think it’s important to remember not to get too caught up with all the trends that get bombarded at you everyday via social media – I know I’ve fallen prey in the past to thinking I ‘needed’ something because everyone else owned it. As I get older, seeking out the pieces I know will work for me, or that I’ll love wearing for seasons to come is becoming easier and it’s always nice to have a style you know you can work to, rather a wardrobe full of trends but nothing to wear!

18 Comments

  1. Hi Alex,
    Yellow is definitely having a moment. Maybe because it worked so well with grey in interiors people are looking at it afresh? There is a shade out there for everyone, personally I’m more of a lemon shade than full on mustard. I spotted a first painting by Peggy , awh, something to treasure.

  2. Obsessing about jumpsuits? In the email header but I can’t find the content. Of course I may be missing what’s right under my nose !

  3. I’m certainly not the most on-trend or fashionista around but…three years ago I decided on yellow and grey for the interior of my narrow-boat. I also bought lots of mustardy yellow clothes; here we are in 2019 in midst of a yellow revolution! I’m going for French navy and cream for my next venture! Years ago I chose battleship-grey way ahead of the grey trend in home furnishings! Life is funny?, Great blog btw!

  4. Personally, I think the pink Topshop sandals are ugly!! I can’t see what all the fuss is about. Maybe I’m getting too old/too mature. I’ll stick to my ankle-strap block heels thank you.

  5. Hi Alex,

    I’ve recently discovered your blog and insta. Its just great! Are the wide leg khaki pants still available to buy from Madewell? Ive looked on the website but I’m not sure which ones they are. Thanks Gemma x

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