Spring Style at a Steal

Timo Weiland Spring 2015

Timo Weiland Spring 2015

It’s March. The clocks are about to go forward and the Easter holidays are almost upon us therefore it must be Spring, right? Well, the temperature has only done the time of year justice a handful of times and then only briefly, so it’s not quite time to banish boots and crack out the cropped tops yet.

Pleated skirt £120 at LK Bennett

Pleated skirt £120 at LK Bennett

I don’t know about you but I’m growing bored of coats and was so uninspired by all my scarves last weekend that I dipped into my boyfriend’s

Cropped top £8 at Miss Selfridge

Cropped top £8 at Miss Selfridge

collection just for a change. And the poor old high street has gone into mid season sale mode before we’ve even had a chance to start the new season – the build up is killing me I tell you!

Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2015

Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2015

The answer is to be prepared so this week

Top £35 at Miss Selfridge

Top £35 at River Island

I’ve picked out some gorgeous catwalk looks and their more accessible alternatives. That way when the bank holiday weekend suddenly turns

Shorts £30 at Miss Selfridge

Shorts £30 at River Island

out to be blisteringly hot and you’ve not so much as shaved your legs since September 2014, there’ll be one less thing to do.

My sister-in-law is talking BBQ and cocktails for Easter Sunday so there’s obviously a rumour flying about that some sun is on the way. Having said that, we can huddle around the BBQ eating burnt sausages on the patio while the kids hunt for eggs, we’re British after all.

Paul & Joe Spring 2015

Paul & Joe Spring 2015

Dress £29.99 at H&M

Dress £29.99 at H&M

One of my favourite looks for the summer is the matching top and skirt / top and shorts combo. I’ve already snapped up a

Hat £14.99 at H&M

Hat £14.99 at H&M

lovely blue floral organza skirt version from Miss Selfridge and now they have shorts in too. It makes getting dressed very easy – just add accessories – and then the pieces can be mixed and matched too for a more dressed down look. I can’t wait to wear mine.

Chloe Spring 2015

Chloe Spring 2015

If you want to rock the seventies look then H&M have some very strong pieces in this area, the maxi dress pictured here is in stores currently and it’s a good ‘in between’ dress as it can be worn with boots and a jacket now and then on its own with sandals when the weather improves.

Playsuit £24.99 at H&M

Playsuit £24.99 at H&M

Pleated skirts are still around, this is their third summer now, (who’d have thought it?)  so if you don’t have one already in a sorbet shade, then perhaps now is the time to invest. They look modern with a t-shirt but it doesn’t have to be cropped as at Timo Weiland, a light knit top will work just as well if your 21st birthday is but a distant memory.

Isabel Marant Spring 2015

Isabel Marant Spring 2015

Look out for tops with ties at the waist as this trend is huge for summer. Either wrap it judo-style or add a belt to a longer length lightweight top already in your wardrobe. I bought H&M’s blue Conscious Collection v-neck version a month or two ago and wore it for the first time at the weekend. It was a simple update to old jeans and will look just as good with a summery skirt for Isabel Marant’s more girly take on it. Feminine and flattering.

Top with tie £130 at Whistles

Top with tie £130 at Whistles

 

Failing all that, or if you prefer a more clean silhouette, then the fifties style dress is still around and is a trusty and elegant option for everything from weddings to picnics. You can never have too many in your wardrobe. Just add shoes and a clutch and you’re good to go.

Victoria Beckham Spring 2015

Victoria Beckham Spring 2015

Oh and maybe add a blanket and hot water bottle if you happen to be invited to my sister-in-law’s on Easter Sunday.

Dress £195 at Whistles

Dress £195 at Whistles

http://www.lkbennett.com

http://www.riverisland.com

http://www.missselfridge.com

http://www.hm.com

http://www.whistles.co.uk

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About aftercarrie

I help people refine their wardrobe to suit their shape, colouring and lifestyle. I am a style consultant, personal shopper and colour analyst working in London. Be the loveliest possible you. My first book SHOPPED was released on 5th July 2016 (September Publishing). www.emilystott.net
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