Five Updates for Your Wardrobe Right Now
I hate the phrase ‘transitional dressing’ (sounds far too prescriptive to be fun to me) but that’s pretty much what we’re talking about here. The sorts of pieces that ease you into a new season and those little tweaks that allow winter pieces to feel easier and breezier and those high-summer pieces to be instantly wearable right now. Spring in the likes of London, New York and Paris is not ‘mini dress and a leather jacket’, well not everyday at least. Some days it’s basically December again and only a puffa jacket will do, other days it feels like barbecue weather is just around the corner. Finding the balance is key
These are the things I’m currently finding myself reaching for and/or hankering for, be it for right now or in the anticipation of slighter balmier days in the city. I’ve also done an edit of extra, similar items for each key piece so you guys have plenty of options if you too are feeling these kind of happy medium wardrobe fixers right now.
Khaki has had a bad rep in the past for being just a bit, well, dry. But, school run mums and Jenifer Aniston might have had the right idea all along because khaki trousers and jackets feel kind of perfect for this time of year. I’ve long been a fan of khaki when I’m flying somewhere hot when I’m not going to want jeans when I get there, and the combination of khaki with white tees, cashmere jumpers and converse has become something of an airport uniform of mine (alas still yet to get me spontaneously upgraded but I live in hope). But there are pitfalls to be avoided in my mind, aka anything remotely ‘mom jean’ in shape or anything too fitted or tailored. Somewhere in between is my preference. I like my khaki either exaggerated in shape like a wide leg, or slightly oversized and relaxed with frayed hems or loose turn-ups. This pair from Gap could be Isabel Marant if you ask me thanks to the belted paper bag waist. And if in doubt of looking slighter too straight, a biker jacket saves all in my opinion.
Ever since I bought a little pink linen sun dress from Reformation last summer, I’m obsessed with all things pale pink and peachy. Another ‘trend’ I would never have thought I’d get on board with but turns out, pink isn’t just for girly girls and princesses. Right now, swimwear, slides and of course, JW bags, are my favourite way to think pink. Keep it super pale and slightly muddy in hue and avoid anything too bright, but in terms of adding colour to an otherwise monochrome wardrobe, this is a fave of mine right now.
The Fine Cashmere Jumper
The not-so-humble fine cashmere jumper really comes into its own at this time of year. When it’s too hot for those thick, oversized woolies but too cold for a t-shirt, this is what I end up reaching for day in, day out. I’m also loving wearing them with a black patent mini or PVC trousers for dinners right now too. A V-neck is also a subtle way to start weaning out some skin before summer arrives and I just love the look of them with fine gold chains and classic black shades. Camel is my favourite colour for just about everything right now, but shades of grey and black are also kind of invaluable and not to be underrated.
Jumper | J.Crew
Jacket | Ganni
Jeans | ReDone
Shades | Rayban at ASOS
Bag | MeliMelo
The Black Daytime Dress
I’ve got itchy online shopping fingers right now and can’t stop trawling the web for summer frocks for so-far non-existent trips. But if you invest in one summer dress to wear now, make it a black one. This dress in white would be reserved strictly for the beach but in black, and suddenly it feels doable on home soil, especially when teamed with with ankle boots and cropped jackets. I hate sticking out in London and kind of like to blend in from afar, so the little black (daytime) dress is a real friend of mine when it starts to heat up in London.
Babouche & Backless
Every shoe seems to have a babouche heel this Spring and it’s the best way to start getting stuck into a new season feet first. As you’ve probably noticed, I’m loving my zebra backless loafers but the babouche (fold-down heel) feels even slouchier, sloppier and therefore, greater. I love how it makes even fancy pants loafers and brogues feel like low-key holiday espadrilles too. If you can’t find good babouche heels on the high street just yet, either improvise by wearing in normal loafers and wearing the heel flat or just go for some great backless loafers instead.
I’ve had a long, well-documented love affair with slip dresses for a while now, both with and without tees and knits underneath, and now it’s the turn of the camisole. Pretend corsetry is having a real moment and the easiest way into it is to wear your thick-strapped camisole over a slim-fitting white tee, tucked into anything and everything you want. I also have a cute, stretchy, ruffled faux-bodice from Zara that I wear the same way. If you’re hankering after those delicate camis for summer and can’t wait till that one week in July to actually wear them, this is the solution and another favourite of mine for going out right now too. Look out for stretchy bra tops and elongated wired bras too to layer over t-shirts too.
What’s on your wish list for Spring right now?