We need to talk about the new season, no seriously we do, because otherwise we really will become a nation capable of talking only about the winter weather. With the amount of rain and wind we’ve had in the short week and a half of 2014, it’s beginning to feel as if the only clothes we need to survive this winter are a puffer jacket and snow boots. And possibly a balaclava. But padded clothes and rubbery shoes do not inspire one to get up in the morning, while a lovely flowery skirt suit quite possibly might, so let’s focus on what’s new.
The good news is that most of the shops have caught wind (oops, pun unintended) of the ongoing need for knitwear and coats at the beginning of the year and have restocked at least some of the rails with more January-appropriate type pieces. Some of the most wearable looks of 2013 have made it through the sparkle and glitz storm of the festive season and have arrived safely in 2014 so don’t feel obliged to slather on the fake tan to go bikini shopping just yet. Even better, a lot of the high street shops have fabulous relevant stuff massively reduced so it’s all looking rather purse-friendly for what is arguably the most painfully long frugal month of the year, or possibly your whole life.
I have picked out some of my favourite new season looks from the Spring/Summer 2014 collections and as I’m feeling particularly helpful I have found some brilliant high street versions for a snip of the price. After all, there are only so many episodes of Grey’s Anatomy to watch of an evening and at least if you spend your nights online shopping, you aren’t having to pay for a babysitter. Best not run that logic past a man I think.
1.The pencil skirt and chunky jumper combo
This look suits just about anybody and works at the office and through to the evening. There is still a lot of leather to be found and not just in black, fairer skins should try a brown or navy version. To update the look slightly, swap the dark knit for a pastel.
2.The lace dress
Lace was everywhere last year and it ain’t going nowhere. There is loads of it in the new collections but there are also plenty of lace dresses to be found on sale rails currently – no brainer. I would go for a navy one for a slightly fresher take but then I’m a bit into navy at the moment. If you have darker skin then how about a cream one with black tights for a great sixties vibe? Reiss have a beautiful shift dress in the sale.
3. Sheer Panels
A lovely look for the evening but reappearing this season for daytime and in pastels as well as the more predictable black (who hasn’t got at least one panel of black sheer in their wardrobe?) Effortlessly feminine and ideal for layering in the colder weather, even sweatshirts are appearing with sheer sleeves lately.
4. Cut-out fabrics
This look is everywhere and although it appeared last summer, this season it’s head to toe and bigger and bolder than ever. Next have produced a copy so good it’s almost criminal (so get it quickly before Oscar de la Renta take out a lawsuit!) Possibly one for the slightly warmer weather this one as the fabric tends to be quite structured but it’s an attractive option for evening.
This is a look that takes guts to do if like me you’re not mad about prints. However, the jacket and skirt or trouser combo is so strong on the high street this season that it seems a shame not to. Obviously if you buy both pieces then the options are endless and who says you can’t cover most of it up with a big boyfriend cardigan if you’re concerned with looking like a herbaceous border at Chelsea Flower show?
When are pastels not in fashion in the summer I hear you ask? Well, strictly (and literally) speaking, this isn’t the summer and if you didn’t get the message that pastels were huuge last season (what do you mean you didn’t know you were supposed to have a dusty pink coat in the autumn?) you should start wearing pastels now. And actually this is the easiest way to update your wardrobe while still wearing the same look because there’s nothing more cosy than a powder pink or baby blue cashmere sweater. If you can’t stretch to that then steal a lovely big one from your bloke. I did exactly that several months ago and it’s my go-to hangover jumper and because it’s not mine I don’t think twice about lying on the floor playing trains in it.
Let’s not let the crap weather beat us. You can wear anything underneath a mac and if necessary you can just stay inside. I wore my new sequin dress to watch the fireworks on telly on New Year’s Eve so I’m not interested in excuses. Carpe Diem Everyone!