Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to spring for those
crucial items that will cover off all of the season’s major trends, updating
your wardrobe for the coming months. The good news is that wearability is the
key word for spring, with the white shirt dress, a pair of flats and a silky
robe the top three items that should be on your shopping list. Candy-coloured
stripes and khaki utility pieces are other must-haves to transform your look
for the warmer weather, and all will easily carry you through to summer and
The White Shirt Dress
The classic white shirt dress receives a contemporary
makeover this season thanks to interesting cuts, asymmetrical hemlines and
extended sleeves. This is one wardrobe investment you will wear season after
season, and can be adapted easily for work, weekend or evening wear with simple
changes of shoes, accessories and jackets. Wear it with a turtleneck, boots and
long-line coat, and it will also do double duty as a winner for winter.The Robe
Don’t feel like getting dressed in the morning? Then
don’t. Throw on a silky, slouchy robe with everything from a LBD to a little
black bathing suit for Slim Aarons-style appeal. This update on the recent
pyjama trend is flattering, comfortable and captivating, and comes in
everything from tartan, spots and stripes to bold jewel-toned block colours and
neutrals. If leaving the house in your dressing gown is a little confronting,
try the new trench coat instead. It comes in slouchy, extended silhouettes with
military detailing such as oversized buckles, straps and zips, and offers a
contemporary update on a timeless classic.
Slip into a pair of slides to set the footwear tone for
spring. Wear them with denim jeans at the weekend, or with a cocktail dress at
a spring wedding – the beauty of the slide is its versatility. Opt for an
eye-catching embroidered or embellished pair, or keep it sleek and simple with
understated tan or black leather. And if you love the height but hate the
heels, you’re in luck because this season is also all about flatforms. Choose from a plethora of
styles that will enable you to walk tall in comfort, and don’t forget to look
for fun features such as metallic materials, embroidered flowers and glitter.
If you have fond memories of beach holidays surrounded
by striped umbrellas, bathers and beach towels, prepare to relive the moment
with stripes in every shape, size and colour combination. From Day-Glo and
candy stripe combinations on palazzo pants and shift dresses, to more restrained
navy-and-white sailor-chic Breton classics, the stripe is your new best friend
to sail through spring into summer.
Utilitarian khaki garments were reporting for duty at almost
every spring/summer show, as designers channelled military and safari influences
to create clothes ranging from sophisticated corporate outfits to edgy street wear.
Look for cargo pockets, drawstring cords and toggles on jackets and dresses, and
choose paperbag or belted trousers to ensure you are fit for any adventure or
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