5 Staple items you need in your wardrobe this spring

The sun is now shining and the winter blues are far behind us. It’s time to pack away those furry coats and knee-high boots, and add some colour to your wardrobe. But with the unpredictable English weather, making the transition between seasons in style can be quite tricky. And while it’s nice to lie on the lawns in a new dress, it’s not so nice when the wind kicks in. So here is a list of 5 items to replace your winter essentials, making sure you stay stylish and warm at the same time (you can thank me later).

A Bomber Jacket: Replace your thick winter coat for a cool bomber jacket. Whether you pick a statement jacket or a plainer one, it can be worn over just about anything from jeans to harem pants to dresses. The plus side is that it is light and easy to carry if you decide to take it off. This one from Bill + Mar keeps with this spring’s monochrome vibe and adds an edge to your outfit.

bill and mar cross bomber jacket

A Colourful Blouse: Lighten up your wardrobe by switching your trusty jumper for a colourful blouse.  The versatility of a blouse means that you can wear it casually with black jeans or with a skirt and heels for an occasion.  Go bold with the colour to attract attention and stand out from the crowd.  The strong yellow of this Zara blouse actually lightens my mood!

zara blouse worn

Flower hairclips: The winter to spring transition is not just an opportunity to mix up clothing, but also accessories.   As nature blooms, keep up with the trend by ditching the hat for a nice flower pinning your hair back.  However you decide to wear it, the flower hairclip is subtle and adds a feminine touch to an outfit.  It’s no different to putting a real flower in your hair, but the advantage of these ones from Crown and Glory is that they’ll actually stay there.

crown and glory flower hairclips

Plimsolls: The shoes you wore for gym in year 4 have had a makeover and now they’re swamping the street-style.  Comfy, cool and easily worked into any outfit, it’s clear that they are an appealing alternative to your winter boots.  It’s a shoe you slip on when running late without having to worry if it goes with what you’re wearing.  There are also many different styles and patterns, from floral print to metallic, and from laces to slip-ons.  After wearing these New Look plimsolls, you’ll never want to take them off again (Heels? What heels?)

new look plimsolls

A Printed Skirt: Winter naturally draws out a more sombre approach to style – the colours tend to be muted, the fabrics are heavy, and the fashion is typically more subdued, reflective of the feel and energy of the time of year.  So break into the new season with a bang by introducing graphic prints in your outfit.  A longer skirt is more elegant and you can choose to wear it with or without tights.  Very chic and edgy, skirts like this one from Miss Selfridge are guaranteed to turn heads.

miss selfridge blue animal print skirt