Happy Friday! I hope you’ve all had a lovely week. The weather is slowly but surely starting to transition into what feels like spring. I adore springtime; the lighter evenings, daffodils appearing as if from nowhere, little lambs being born, and most of all blossom… I’m a big lover of flowers, and when I was on my way to work one morning a few weeks ago I noticed a tree showing speckles of pink and beginning to blossom. Admittedly my heart fluttered with excitement. Sad, I know, but after the long, dreary winter that felt like was never going to end, sunshine and flowers can make you surprisingly happy.
So, I thought I’d take advantage of the lovely weather and present to you my fashion staples for this springtime. I could have picked a lot of combinations from my overflowing wardrobe but I just about managed to narrow it down to just a few. Let’s begin…
Obviously, white denim can be worn any time of the year, but there’s a spring/summery feeling about it when the sun is out. A white/off white denim garment is perfect for livening up any outfit, especially if you’re like me and tend to sway towards all-black outfits naturally…
The White Denim Jacket
I copped this beauty off of eBay about a year and a half ago, and it is most definitely my go-to jacket in warmer weather – always. It may be an XL and safe to say oversized, but I think that’s what I feel most comfortable in.
Here I teamed it up with a white floral dress from Alexa Chung’s range ‘Archive’ at M&S. Truthfully, the length was slightly too long for my liking, so I bunched it up slightly between my under breast and waist and placed a Western belt to adjust it accordingly. My aim here was to ‘masculinise’ or ‘dress down’ an otherwise formal and feminine outfit.
I must confess that my biggest dread once the sun starts to show its face more frequently is revealing my legs to the world. They are probably one of my biggest insecurities and I struggle to walk confidently with them on show – but that’s the beauty of fashion. It can teach you to essentially ‘fake it until you make it’, or if you really adore an outfit that much, insecurities can subside slightly.
Once summer comes, I’d replace the heels with Doc Martens or wellies and throw on a bum bag for a cool festival look.
The ‘Mom’ Jeans
Over the past three or four years or so, ‘Mom’ jeans have taken the fashion world by storm. Almost every high street store now have their own line of vintage looking pairs, or if you’re really dedicated to the vintage life, you can find yourself rocking reworked pairs from second hand websites, charity shops or vintage stores.
I do love a good ‘Mom’ jean. I think the sole reason as to why they’re so popular is the high waist – it can sculpt and compliment any body size or shape, and what’s more perfect than that? Clothing doesn’t have to be skin tight in order to be flattering. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good pair of skinny jeans, but the revolution of the ‘Mom’ jean certainly shouldn’t be discredited.
Here I shy away from my usual all-black ensembles and teamed these off-white vintage ‘Mom’ jeans with a simple sheer white blouse tied up. I mentioned in a previous post that the tied up classic white shirt is one of my all time favourite trends. I don’t know what it is about it – you could take the most ‘manly’, oversized, boxy shirt and roll the sleeves up, tie it up at the bottom and be good to go. It’s a timeless classic.
To accessorise, I once again threw on my trusty Western belt and my Topshop ‘Lucy’ loafers, along with a croc bag. To make this outfit more casual for when I’m on the go, I’d dig out my Converse, a simple t shirt and black leather backpack. Easily adjustable – therefore a perfect vintage piece.
All Things Gingham
Ah… gingham. The summery pattern that makes you feel like a picnic blanket. But in a good way.
Gingham is currently one of the biggest trends at the moment – I see it everywhere. But that is definitely not a bad thing – the more gingham the better, I say!
The Gingham Frill Trousers
In my first ever post on this blog, I mentioned that these trousers are my current wardrobe favourite. Well, they still are. They probably will be forever. Catch 90-year-old me with my walking stick and silver hair still wearing these trousers in so many years time…
The thing I love most about these is that they are so versatile. The feminine, frilled hem means you can team them up with a pair of Converse and you’d still look elegantly casual. I usually wear flats with these, but this time I took a different approach and combined some vintage block heels with them to emphasise the hem that I love so much.
Frills were definitely an A/W 2016 trend… but I definitely won’t be leaving them behind this spring. I added a black satin blouse with a ‘clown’ neckline. I worried that it would be too much frill at once, but I quite like the combination.
Some people argue that brown and black cannot be worn together if you have too much of the other in one outfit. But I disagree. I mixed and matched and liked the look of this vintage brown croc satchel against my monochrome appearance.
The Gingham Dress
I picked up this beauty on a recent visit to Birmingham from ‘We are Cow’ vintage. As I have to be realistic and face the fact that I live in England and the temperature won’t be too overly kind to us for a little while, I added a black turtleneck underneath.
Combined with a black leather backpack and heeled loafers, I admit that this look was rather 90s inspired. Here I channel the inner ‘Clueless’ in me – and once I am brave enough, the turtleneck will be lost and I can experiment furthermore!
The Tailored Sleeveless Blazer
Originally from Topshop, I also picked up this classic number from eBay. I fell in love when I saw it and instantly started planning outfits centered around it (admittedly what I do with most things I buy…) It gave me major Hillary Banks/90s vibes, so as a result I purchased.
The stone colour fabric results in this piece being extremely versatile. Here it joined forces with my black cigarette trousers that tie up at the waist. This is another thing I adore about fashion – combining modern trends with classic trends. Cigarette trousers have most definitely become widely popular over the last couple of years, as they are so adaptable no matter what the occasion.
Once again I added a pair of block heels to this combination, along with a neck scarf. However I also considered removing the neck scarf for a more minimalistic look – but there is nothing wrong with experimenting…
As I mentioned previously about how fashion can push your insecurities aside temporarily, my height is also another insecurity of mine… I constantly stress to my boyfriend that I wish I was smaller, despite not being extremely tall at all. I often feel lanky for seemingly no reason, and I am faced with a perplexed expression on his face whenever I confess that I wish I was a couple of inches smaller. But here I am sporting a couple of pairs of heels… it’s funny how fashion works…
The Polka Dot Pleated Trousers
An all time favourite of mine – these trousers were my spring and summer staple last year, and there is no doubt that they will be making a frequent appearance again this season. They feel like pyjamas and go with everything… basically everything you want in a piece of clothing!
Here they collaborate with an old crop top from Urban Outfitters. I feel the lace hem adds more diversity to the outfit as opposed to a plain black top. On my feet I sport another new purchase from the Office sale. I have recently become obsessed with patent shoes and these strappy beauties stole my heart the moment I saw them.
Finished with my favourite brown and black leather satchel with gold hardware, this ensemble will for sure be a repeated occurrence in the upcoming months…
So that’s a wrap…
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading into what staples I shall be sporting this spring. Roll on the sunshine I say – have a great weekend…
Thanks for reading | Lucy Violet x