There’s something about the spring and summer that always makes me want to wear pretty patterns, motifs and embroidery. I think it’s got a lot to do with the warmth and when the sun is shining, everything always looks and feels good. My normal attire is colour blocking, I personally prefer more simple structures and tones that I can jazz up with accessories but in the warmer months, then sometimes anything goes. And with Easter just around the corner, what better time than to embrace the sugar coated pastels that we’ve all fallen in love with this season and enjoy being girly.
If you’re into skirts, then the pleated skirt is the piece to buy to update your look this spring. Far from being Miss Brodie, pleats have taken a u-turn from unflattering headmistress skirts and come into the 21st century with creations in chiffon and silk. I love this coral and blue print version from Zara, located in Churchill Square Shopping Centre. It ticks all the boxes for me for a smart/casual Easter outfit, with its bold 3-D effect swirls of florals and at just the right length to wear with heels or flats. If you’re going out in the evening, pair with heels such as these gorgeous Zara pastel pink block heels (another big S/S14 trend).
If Easter lunch is on the agenda then go super feminine in a floral tea-dress. On the catwalk, Christian Dior and Rebecca Minkoff took a retro slant on the tea dress whilst others paired them with leather jackets and matching bags. I’ve found an all-rounder from Zara which is slightly less full in the skirt than the retro tea dresses, so perfect for a spring (chillier) day. Team with some Doris Day shades, such as these gorgeous oyster frames from River Island in Churchill Square Shopping Centre, for a super sweet look.
Finally on my perfect spring outfit agenda is the dungaree. Now I know as I write this many of you will be questioning the dungaree, recalling how only as toddlers we wore them, but they are back in fashion and have been spotted on the likes of January Jones, Diane Kruger, Alexa Chung and Fearne Cotton. I love them and would wear with a slinky top underneath or why not opt for a short sleeve jumper such as this pink palm tree knit by H! by Henry Holland at Debenhams in Churchill Square Shopping Centre. Roll up the hems or keep them straight and team with pumps or sandals, perfect for a Bank Holiday at home.