Spring has almost sprung so I thought it would be timely to start a mini-series here on the blog, highlighting some spring wardrobe essentials that you might like to consider this season.
Maybe you’ve only just started looking but are a bit lost on where to look for a style update that might suit you? Maybe you’re just have some fresh shopping ideas?
Either way, you’ve come to the right place.
Now, you know my rules, don’t you? Before you start waving that credit or debit card around, you need to actually have a look in your wardrobe and see what is still working for you from last spring-summer.
And when I say working for you, it has to fit and make you feel fabulous every time you wear those items.
Any glaring gaps in your wardrobe? Do you have seven gorgeous tops but not one pair of pants or shorts to wear with them?
Identify those gaps and then craft out your shopping wishlist, remembering this doesn’t have to be ticked off in one session. In fact, shopping mindfully over a number of months with that list in mind will ensure you have a spring-summer wardrobe that excites you well into the silly season and beyond.
Today we’re talking weekend wear – or casual wear – for those of us who dress like it’s the weekend every day.
This season, I see three potential casual outfit combinations. The first is based on a cropped, printed pant; the second on shorts; and the third (and always my favourite) on a frock.
All of these looks may not be for you but I’d like you to consider embracing at least two of them as a style guide (these exact pieces may not be right for you but they’ll give a guide as to what to look for in store and online). At the very least, embrace the frock.
Why the frock?
It’s the easiest way to get dressed each spring-summer morning. It’s one garment and just needs a pair of sandals and a statement jewellery piece to get you out the door looking dressed and polished even when the heat is on.
Speaking of statement jewellery and sandals – choose well as these are icing on your spring outfits. You can’t layer clothes like in winter so all the interest in your outfit comes back to layering of accessories.
Style notes: Refer back to these posts re wearing printed and graphic pants: here, here and here. This is a style that works on any shape, it’s just a matter of finding the cut and fit of the pant that is flattering for you. Scared about the print? Start with baby steps, choosing a black and white geometric or graphic print before introducing colour. Find pants like this in a fabric that breathes and they will earn their spring wardrobe space this season.
Style notes: Please do not be afraid of shorts. They CAN work for you. You don’t have to emulate the sweet young things wearing shorts shorter than my underwear and please do not go down the three-quarter pant fashion path. This post explains my reasons why. Find a short length that works best for your legs. The most flattering length is one that falls just above the knee, like these Country Road ones above. Do opt for a style that is more on the slim-legged style – like a slim jean it is also universally more flattering. I’m a big fan of then balancing out the proportions of the slim shorts with a more voluminous top like the Bella Lido one above.
Style notes: I’ve already talked up my case for embracing the frock when things starts to warm up. For weekend casual wear I love loose dresses in cotton, rayon or bamboo. And I usually opt for a bit of arm coverage if it’s also a dress that will go over my swimsuit at the beach. See that white tank dress above? These wardrobe basics are the key to making your shorter summer frocks work for you. Layer underneath and you’ll never be embarrassed should a gust of wind send your frock up north around your armpits. Clogs are a great weekend shoe alternative to flats. Not too high but just enough height if you want to feel a little more dressed up. Note the jewellery, Nina Proudman fans. Yes, thanks to Instagram, I finally found out where Nina’s long, disc necklace is from. Misuzi is a Melbourne-based bespoke jewellery designer. You can buy online or they have retail stockists as well. This bar necklace is not the same but if you’re looking for the exact one, it’s by Tesori Bellini (also Melbourne based) and you can find details to order here.
Tell me, are you and your wardrobe ready for spring? What’s on your wishlist?