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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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?
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?