Spring fashion Ideas

With the Spring Equinox in the Northern hemisphere occurring on Monday (10.28 to be exact), we are now officially in Springtime. Not that you would notice it if you ventured outside over the last few days, we’ve had biting winds, horrible amounts of rain, and we might just be in for some more ‘thunder snow.’ Clearly Spring is here according to the date, but not according to the weather.

But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t start to look at introducing some Spring into your wardrobe. The shops are just full of lovely pieces to buy now and maybe wear later, although you could also cling onto your tights and boots and wear them now too. I have focused on three key areas, Spring florals, Womens shoes – with an emphasis on flats, and statement skirts. These are the pieces I would invest in now.

Spring Florals

Following on from the dark and rich winter florals, which had a folkloric feel, Spring florals have a mixed feel, with botanical prints featuring alongside more whimsical water colour varieties. Tops, dresses and skirts are all print festooned, but if you want to keep your floral print to a minimum, check out the rather wonderful Next boots featured below.

Plisse Midi Dress from £25 Click to visit Next

Grey Floral Full Skirt £60 Click to visit Next

 

Pixie Boots from £55 Click to visit Next

Khaki Floral Maxi Skirt £75 Click to visit Next

Pretty Flat Shoes

One of the best things about Spring comes when you can put the boots away for a few months and dig out your pretty flat shoes. Brantano has some lovely flats this season, and I am so obsessed with the Coachella inspired Emilio Luca X espadrille style.

Emilio Luca X Wide Fit Meadow £25.00 Click to visit Brantano

Beach Essentials Abbie £14.00 Click to visit Brantano

Emilio Luca X Exotic  £25.00 Click to visit Brantano

Statement Skirts

Chi Chi London is a definite destination if you are looking for a statement skirt. Skirts are having a bit of a moment, with the likes of Olivia Palermo and Alexa Chung showing how you can dress down even the most stunning of looks with the help of a leather, or denim jacket, a slouchy jumper or a pair of chunky, masculine boots. Of course you can also wear them with heels for a more feminine look.

Chi Chi Samina Skirt £44.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Jazmyn Skirt £37.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Suki Skirt £44.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Maureen Skirt £44.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

What will you be adding to your wardrobe this Spring?

Flower Power at Phase Eight

When it comes to floral prints and fashion, there is always a bit of a love/hate relationship. The print is undoubtedly popular, particularly when Summer comes around, a natural choice for weddings, race days and ladies days. But it also has the reputation for being a safe and staid choice – let’s face it, if we are talking about sexy or sophisticated, flowers may not be the first print that comes to mind.

Yet this would be a shame, because floral prints can be so much more than the print your grandma would love to see you wearing. Beautiful, hot red carpet looks have taken the deepest of red flower power prints and added full skirts and sweetheart necklines to give a real Sophia Loren look that says more va va voom than Chelsea Flower show. Sophia Bush (top image) has forties style waves, vampish red lips and a firecracker print that shows just how delectable a print made up of booms can be.

Phase Eight is always a good place to look for a real variety of floral prints, with plenty of dresses each season in a range of shapes. They have just launched a flower power collection and have asked me to put together a favourite look. I have used the hot red prints and forties and fifties shapes of the ladies below to plot a favourite look that should be perfect for anything from a wedding to summer party season.

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My Flower Power style

POPPY BURNOUT DRESS Sale £42.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

POPPY BURNOUT DRESS £42.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

PENELOPE FLORAL DRESS Sale £59.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

PENELOPE FLORAL DRESS £59.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

NANCY FLORAL DRESS £65.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

NANCY FLORAL DRESS £65.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

Wear with…

ELENA SUEDE PEEP TOE SHOES £99.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

ELENA SUEDE PEEP TOE SHOES £99.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

ANITA SUEDE SANDALS £69.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

ANITA SUEDE SANDALS £69.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

BOBBI SUEDE CLUTCH BAG Sale £39.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

BOBBI SUEDE CLUTCH BAG
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£39.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

Flower Power from Wallis

This post is inspired by the beautiful weather we are having at the moment…and Helen McCrory. Bright, sunshine weather always makes me turn to the pretty floral pieces I have in my wardrobe, it just seems so apt to be wearing something floaty and pretty when the days are fine and warm. Thus my first influence is quite easily explained.

The second is the fabulous actress Helen McCrory. I honestly can’t think of an actress who does florals on the red carpet quite as wonderfully as Helen. Last night she rocked up at the Television BAFTA’s in a stunning orange, floral print dress that was both classic in terms of style, and fashionable in terms of the tropical print (see Friday’s fashion post where I looked at botanical prints here).

This is not the first time Helen has opted for florals on the red carpet, last time she did it I swooned that her dress also had pockets too. It seems that the lady playing Aunt Polly in Peaky Blinders is totally inspiration when it comes to wearing ‘all things bright and beautiful’ style prints, a look that is very easy to adopt at the moment.

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Wallis are having a bit of a floral fashion moment, with everything from glamorous maxi dresses to practical trousers festooned with blooms. There are some beautiful dresses that would take you to a wedding or a day at the races, blazers that could work as unusual work wear, and pretty tops that just need a pair of jeans to rule the weekend.

What do you think of florals – a yes or no?

Floral Stretch Jersey Maxi Price: £55.00 Click to visit Wallis

Floral Stretch Jersey Maxi Price: £55.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Floral Printed Strapless Dress Price: £60.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Floral Printed Strapless Dress Price: £60.00 Click to visit Wallis

Floral Cold Shoulder Top Price: £35.00 Click to visit Wallis

Floral Cold Shoulder Top Price: £35.00 Click to visit Wallis

Navy Floral Printed Trouser Price: £30.00 Click to visit Wallis

Navy Floral Printed Trouser Price: £30.00 Click to visit Wallis

Floral Printed Jacket Price: £45.00 Click to visit Wallis

Floral Printed Jacket Price: £45.00 Click to visit Wallis

Pink Oriental Floral Printed Dress Price: £45.00 Click to visit Wallis

Pink Oriental Floral Printed Dress Price: £45.00 Click to visit Wallis

Coral Floral Printed Dress Price: £50.00 Click to visit Wallis

Coral Floral Printed Dress Price: £50.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Drape Floral Print Top Price: £33.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Drape Floral Print Top Price: £33.00 Click to visit Wallis

Multi Floral Pleat Back Top Price: £35.00 Click to visit Wallis

Multi Floral Pleat Back Top Price: £35.00 Click to visit Wallis

Light Blue Floral Sheer Dress Price: £48.00 Click to visit Wallis

Light Blue Floral Sheer Dress
Price: £48.00 Click to visit Wallis