I am feeling very frustrated. And I don’t think I’m alone in this feeling. After waiting for what seems like a decade since the designers showcased their SS13 designs, and after giving in to temptation to what all the high street shops are offering for SS13, it has transpired that the weather does NOT want to play ball and we are still very much stuck in AW12. How last season. Literally.
But surely spring must be on its way?! It can’t rain forever can it?? It really is time to pack away the chunky knitwear and big boots and blow off the dust on our light jackets and ballet pumps. And the trends for this spring really are something to get excited about which makes the waiting all the more harder! So when the good weather FINALLY arrives, what trends should we buy into? Here are my five favourites….
A Kimono Jacket
Yes, this traditional Japanese garment has well and truly landed smack bang in the middle of spring 2013. On the catwalks we saw a modernised take on them, teamed with geometric patterning, sharp tailored pieces and killer legs of course! ZARA have an abundance of kimono-style jackets available- you can go all out with an eye-catching patterned one, or go for a understated neutral where the attractive kimono cut of the garment does all the talking. I think this is a perfect garment to dress up or down. The elegance of the sleeves would work perfectly with a demure evening dress. Failing that, teamed with a white tee (see my previous blog post ‘Ode to the humble white tee’) and some leather shorts, you could look tres fashionable in the day. So easy to wear! That’s what we like to hear.
What the heck is open knitwear I hear you say? Well, its knitwear…which is open! By that I mean the knit is further apart giving a net-like aesthetic. So it’s a lighter, spring alternative to the chunky knit that we’ve all become accustomed to hibernating in for the last few months. A good transition from winter to spring if you will. I love this look because it’s a great garment to layer with as you can see what’s underneath. Work this look with fellow spring trends yellow and monochrome. You would have had to be living under a rock to not know that these two are in! :p
A Leather Pencil Skirt
Most of us own a leather jacket, not so many leather trousers. Very tricky to pull off. So why not go for the middle man this spring and invest in a leather pencil skirt? Designed to create curves in all the right places, the pencil skirt is every girl’s best friend. Sophisticated and sexy. Do smart with a sheer shirt and blazer combo or grunge it up with a band t-shirt tucked in. And if you want to score extra fashion points, go for an electric blue one. One of the colours to watch!
If Victoria Beckham likes it, then I love it! Orangey-red, NOT to be confused with orange… or red, is the hottest hue this spring. Mrs Beckham used it in her SS13 collection as did Paul Smith and Sportmax, and Rosie H-W wore it to LFW,so naturally it turned to gold in the fashion world. A difficult colour to team with other colours unless you’re brave and want to colour pop, most of the designers have been using it with black or crisp white which I think makes an amazing contemporary look.
A dress from & Other Stories
The latest thing to come from those gems that brought us H&M, & Other Stories launched its store in Regent Street recently and has received amazing reviews from critics, bloggers and shoppers alike. I love the whole concept of the brand. The website is like one big mood board and a welcome change from other clothes websites which can become a bit monotonous as you browse through them. & Other Stories is refreshingly different- its shopping pages are like Pinterest boards- so much funner! And if you’re looking for a dress for spring, this is the place to head. Classics, original, edgy, elegant, there really is something for everyone- at very respectable prices too! I am very jealous of you Londoners! First stop next time I’m in London will be here. http://www.stories.com/
So come on weather, sort it out! We have some serious catching up to do!