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8 Spring 2019 Wardrobe Essentials

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I am writing this whilst staring at the driving rain, questioning whether I’ll *ever* be able to put my boots and scarves away. Whether we’re feeling it or not, it’s important to talk about spring because we enjoyed a little taster a few weeks ago and wasn’t it glorious? I can guarantee that you said at least once ‘I have absolutely nothing to wear’ whilst tapping into Google: ‘What’s in fashion for spring 2019?’.

I’m going to come clean right away and admit that I am no fashion guru. I haven’t spent hours trawling the shops and researching online as to what’s in and what’s not (head over to Does My Bum Look 40 for that). In fact I have bought no new clothes at all since early January and for that I am feeling rather smug. For once, I have realised that a new season is almost upon us and I will no doubt be wanting to add to my spring wardrobe in the not too distant future.

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by a new season?

What has really helped me over the last few years, is working out what does and doesn’t suit me. It’s taken me 40 years to get to this point but once you work out your style, you won’t be swayed by every single new fashion item on the market (*cough* I’ll confess that a straw bag did make it into my wardrobe last year) and this really helps to streamline your wardrobe.

With that in mind, I will be resurrecting a lot of my much-loved items from last year and I plan to invest in a few new pieces in styles that I know work well for me and are still (thankfully) in fashion. If like me, you’re petite with a bit of a ‘mum tum’ then some of these styles might work for you too.

8 Spring 2019 Wardrobe Essentials

1. A Light-Weight Utility Jacket

I’ve had my Hush utility jacket for years and still absolutely love it. The price made it an investment piece but I get so many compliments on it and am pleased to say that they still sell one that is almost identical. If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative then I’ve included a range below…

Boden Utility Jacket
Principles Khaki Utility Jacket
Military Jacket Hush
Baukjen Utility Jacket

2. Oversized Shirts

I only really discovered oversized shirts last autumn but they look great with skinny jeans and trainers. They are also a nice, light-weight alternative to a classic tee and are a good disguiser of the ‘mum tum’! You’ll note that I have snuck in a shirt/dress which I rather like the look of too…

H&M Oversized Black Shirt
Zara Oversized Striped Shirt
And Other Stories Oversized White Shirt
White Linen Blend Shirt
Zara Oversized Shirt

3. Loafers

I have always loved loafers on other people but due to my lack of height and also fairly wide (think webbed) feet I’ve struggled to find a pair that are comfortable and don’t make me feel a bit squat.

I purchased my first pair of mule loafers from Dune in the summer sale last year and they are still everywhere on the high street. I am fully intending to find a pair of comfortable full shoe loafers because I think they are a great solution for spring when it’s too warm for boots but not warm enough for flip flops. Here are a few that I have my eye on…

Office Loafers
H&M Dark Pink Loafers
Lipsy Snaffle Trim Loafer
Zara Leather Mule Loafer with Bow

4. Slouchy Sweatshirts

Who doesn’t love a sweatshirt? My teenage girls and I probably have every colour of the rainbow between us and we have been known to share on occasion. This guarantees any sweatshirt to be a well-worn purchase. Here are a few favourites on the high street right now…

Leopard Panel Sweatshirt Mango
Boden Sweatshirt
H&M Sweatshirt
C’est Si Bon Hush Sweatshirt

5. Bleach-Washed Cropped Jeans

I live in jeans, they are a year-round essential in my wardrobe. Obviously in the summer, jeans can be a little stifling but in the spring, I think a light wash jean is perfect teamed with an oversized shirt, a sweatshirt or pretty much anything really. A raw hem jean is a particular favourite of mine at the moment…

River Island Petite Amelie Jeans
Bleach Jamie Jeans Top Shop
7 for All Mankind Light Wash Denim
Light Wash H&M Raw Hem Skinny Jean

6. A Good Pair of Trainers

Over the last couple of years, I’ve become a total trainer convert. They go with everything – skirts, trousers, jeans, floaty summer dresses. With that in mind, every wardrobe needs at least one good pair and I’m going to be so bold as to say a few pairs in differing colours. In the spring/summer, I think a white pair (with a twist) is an essential…

Adidas All Star
Mint Velvet White Striped Trainer
Boden Classic Trainers
Next Forever Comfort Lace Up Trainers

Many of you will have seen me waxing lyrical about my Boden trainers that were gifted to me a few months ago and have barely been my feet since. I’m also a massive fan of the Adidas All Star trainers which comes in every colour you can possibly imagine.

7. The Cropped Cigarette Trouser

I discovered the cigarette trouser last year and find them really flattering. My ‘go to’ for this style is H&M but being a short arse (5’3″ to be precise) I often have to shorten them slightly or they aren’t cropped enough. The petite range in Boden is exactly the right length for me and I was gifted a pair of the Hampshire 7/8 recently which I think I’ll be wearing a lot once spring finally arrives.

Warehouse Checked Cigarette Trouser
Cigarett Trouser H&M
Boden 7/8 Hampshire Trousers
Next Side strip Cigarette Trouser

8. A Light-Coloured Tote Bag

No outfit is complete without a bag and no mum is complete without a massive tote bag! Here’s a question for you: what’s the difference between a shopper and a tote? I have no clue but both of them are big and perfect for storing all of the junk that women deem every day essentials.

I always like to change my bags depending on the season and spring is the perfect time to get yourself a bright or pastel coloured bag. Yellow is a popular colour at the moment, one than not many people can pull off. Why not go for a yellow bag as a more subtle nod to the trend?

Zara Yellow Tote Bag
Pastel Tote Bag Mint Velvet
Oasis Pink Tote Bag
Carvela Winged Tote

And there we have it, my essential fashion items for the spring season. This has really got me excited for the warmer weather, we’ve certainly had enough rain this week! Have you sorted out your spring wardrobe yet?

Spring 2019 Fashion Essentials

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  • You won’t be surprised to discover that my spring wardrobe is identical to my winter wardrobe, just without the coat! I used to prefer light coloured jeans for spring, but now I just wear my black ones all year round because I think they look nicer! I do completely embrace both trainers and sweatshirts.

  • Jenny

    Oh fab outfit hunny for the new season. I love that in each category I picked my fave item and it was the the cheapest item. That never happens. Off to shop… now look at you got my wallet out. Oops. Happy weekend ahead.

  • Lisa

    I’ve had the ‘trauma’ of buying clothes for a 4 day event in Rome in April (trip courtesy of my husband’s job!). I obviously use the word trauma in jest but it has been rather stressful! Said husband isn’t quite sure of the dress code – definitely no shorts, probably a fairly posh dinner, excursions (read lots of walking) during the day, no, high wedge sandals for the evenings won’t cut it…….add that to an increase in the muffin top and surrounding areas due to shoulder surgery last year and not being able to exercise (meaning ‘bottoms’ from last year don t fit!)…….stressful! I’ve been trying since Nov to lose the ‘extra’ and have got pretty much nowhere. I’ve lost count of the amount of items I have purchased and returned!!!!
    Men have it so much easier, don t they???

    • Suzanne W

      Oh Lisa, this cracked me up! I hope you found some suitable items and have the most amazing time. xx

  • Lorraine

    I have a khaki jacket from Boden but I keep reverting back to my khaki utility one from JD Williams which suits me better. I’ve just bought trainers after reading this, although I needed white ones I’ve gone completely off track and bought new leopard ones, all the one I have are so uncomfortable. Wish me luck with these and my others are going to a preloved site.

    • Suzanne W

      You definitely have to make sure that they look good AND are comfortable but once you get that perfect combination – yay!

  • Gail

    Great round up, Suzanne. I really need to get a pair of trainers like that. As you say, they go well with so many things. xx

  • Yes to slouchy sweatshirts! I definitely choose comfort over style. I do really need a new bag though as my current one is falling apart. Completely agree with what you say about knowing your own style – there are so many ‘looks’ that I love but they just don’t suit me at all, whereas as soon as I put on something that works for me I feel so much more confident.

    • Suzanne W

      I’m a massive fan of bags! I agree that as you get older, you start knowing what works for you and what doesn’t.

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