Fresh blossoms.

Hat: Marks and Spencers, Scarf: accessorize, Coat: Primark, Shirt: Primark, Jeans: Zara, Bag: Accessorize, Boots: New Look

While spring is still fresh I am enjoying the last few weeks of layers! Last week was beyond hot and I found myself majorly confused by my own wardrobe however come Sunday when I had a thousand warm weather ideas it was pretty cold again so I maxed out on all the layers I could!

Hats my friends! I love hats beyond words and yet I have never had a great summer hat, although I would like to change that this summer for now I am enjoying the chance to wear my beautiful purple, Downton abbey hat which I paired up with my go-to stripped shirt.

I must admit going back to layers I found myself struggling with making interesting outfits. I continually fell back onto the simplicity of T-shirts and jeans and as anyone can tell you, thats not fashion really, is it?

So the only thing to do? Throw some patterns at it! and of course look forward to some hot weather in the near future!!

Multi purposing your dresses this Spring

Blazer: Topshop, Sweater: Primark, Belt: Fat face, Sandals: Clarks

As you know I love my dresses in summer. Summer is far too hot to be messing with layers and separates when you can just throw on your dress, shoes and your out of the door! The downside however? A highly patterned dress can get boring, potentially like this one above so while we have cooler temps I have been switching my dresses up with a few quick to alter tips.

During Autumn I wore my shorter sundresses with my long blue jumper creating a fun flared bottom whereas above I have made the dress shorter by belting it up higher on my waist and added my thick, yellow jumper from Winter. I then shame tucked this up higher to make it more flattering.

I really love this pattern as a skirt, in fact I think I prefer it. Although I love a nice pattern and am looking for some new patterns for SS but I think smaller patterns like this one need to be in smaller doses where as a larger floral print works excellently on larger surfaces but thats another thought for another day!

How do you wear your clothes in unexpected ways?

Making workwear work for those early Spring days

Coat: Next PLC, Black T: Zara, Necklace: Accessorize, Trousers: Zara, Brogues: Clarks, Bag: Zara, Scarf: Fat Face

Pain free work dressing.

Guys! Spring its really coming I can feel it! Plus for most of the week it was about 12 degrees and sunny which gave me the false impression that shorts could be sensible on the weekend (I was wrong) but still spring is on its way and so my winter capsule is of course showing the strain!

So I would like to introduce you to easy transitional dressing! In all honesty I got a bit ahead of myself the other weekend and I pulled out my heavier jumpers and leaving myself with the lighter half of my winter capsule and what was left was small, but oh so mighty.

Make transitional dressing easier;

  • Separate your heavier pieces to one half of your wardrobe keeping lighter pieces towards the front.
  • Make your outfits simpler, using either easy to wear separates or using cool, light layers
  • Introduce lighter colours into your outfits
  • Turn up sleeves and cuff trousers and jeans for a little light ankle relief!
  • Start pulling out your lighter scarves! These are excellent for keeping off the chill but allow you to wear your winter coat for that bit longer! (which is helpful for those early mornings and late nights where it still gets cold!)

In the last week I have worn primarily dresses with tights and these trousers as well as loose Tee’s and of course long necklaces. So what is the key to pain free and transitional work wear? Well simply put, its light layers such as these lighter trousers, flowing tops which give you room to breathe and thinner cardigans.

My favourites have also included my long burgundy jumper which is lovely and thin my various V-neck T-shirts and my jeans turned up into cuffs with flat ballet pumps. I have also stopped wearing my darker colours (bar black) and tried to keep as much of my outfit in the lighter tones. The real key to work wear is dressing for your environment however. For us we don’t have air con and being in a concrete, flat roofed office means our office is almost always hot so I always need layers for outside of work not in it, however others of you will be suffering with bitter aircon so always remember dress for your environment!

What do you find works for you when the season starts changing?