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Saturday, 4 March 2017

The Spring Edit


I have always been obsessed with winter fashion. I love when the weather gets colder and all the shops are suddenly transformed into a glittering, textured Pandora's Box of treasures. I love velvet, faux fur, leather and sequins - basically anything suitable for a Christmas party.

However, since being in Italy I have paid a lot more attention to the spring/summer trends and appreciated how nice it is to be able to wear an outfit without a pair of thick woollen tights or a huge fluffy coat. The women here are so chic and stylish compared to Preston (soz PTown) and the weather actually gets nice here in the spring/summer, so you actually get a decent amount of wear out of your summer wardrobe.

One of my New Years Resolutions was to invest in clothing rather than spending all my money on cheap, 'fast fashion' clothes which weren't going to last longer than three months. Although I have slipped up more than a few times, I have not been as bad as I normally am... probably because I don't have a job here in Italy besides tutoring once a week, so don't have the extra disposable income to waste if I actually want to survive.

This year I have also started having a more active involvement online with regards to interacting, reading and even writing a blog, so I have seen a few key investment pieces on many a fashion blogger that I am itching to add to my wardrobe. A few of them are listed below...


LOOK 1


If you are used to wearing all black/grey/navy, a good way to freshen up your wardrobe and make it more spring appropriate is by using primary colours. Reds, blues and yellows work really well with black and when used sparingly create a great contrast for your outfit without being over-bearing. Red is a really good colour if you want to invest in something that isn't black which you know will work well at any time of the year - it looks amazing with a white dress and a tan in the summer but equally as gorgeous in the winter with a bottle green jumper and jeans. 

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LOOK 2


If you're a bit more confident colour-wise and like to experiment, dark green and bright yellow is a combination which shouldn't work but actually does. It reminds me of daffodils, sunflowers and daisies so is perfect for spring. A floral suede skirt like this (of which I have the exact one and can confirm it is really good quality) works throughout the year and can be dressed down with boots or up with heels, and the pale pink bag corresponds well with the flowers in the embroidery detail. 

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LOOK 3


If you prefer muted tones, prints are a good way to jazz up an outfit and I really love the pale pink/leopard print contrast for spring. Berets are also really popular on instagram at the moment and whilst this one retails at £12 at Topshop, you can get them for about £5 on eBay for a similar quality. Although not a massive Mulberry fan, I think the little brown satchel works so beautifully with the brown tones in the leopard print and compliments the pink skirt/cream jumper. Finally, a leather biker is my go to throughout the year and as England rarely gets too warm in the spring or summer, it is a nice way to make your outfit a bit less 'perfect' and really dress it down whilst still looking good.

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So there are my three spring outfit ideas - I incorporated both high street and designer pieces, but to be honest they are just reference points for the sorts of colours, prints and styles which I think look really good in the warmer months! 

What sort of styles do you prefer for the spring? Are you a colour lover or do you stick firmly to your all-black wardrobe regardless of the weather?
Lauren x





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