Oh the fashion times are a changing and fashion magazines are encouraging us to bin our beloved skinny jeans and replace them with culottes. Yes- those unflattering trouser wannabes and ditch the failsafe black for arty prints.
Yes, if money was no object it would be fabulous to embark upon a springtime makeover but alas, most of us are not so lucky. So how do you avoid getting over-excited by new season trends and shop in a sensible way? Here’s our 5 tips…that we will TRY and follow.
Arty amazingness – Celine has started another new season obsession of mine
1) Make a wish-list from magazines of the key looks you want to try this season. I love Celine’s arty print skirts but haven’t got the budget. I’ll use www.snapfashion.co.uk to find something similar on the high street instead of buying any old thing from the sales because it’s discounted…we’ve all done it!
2) Don’t buy into new trends if there’s an IF. I would love to wear Dior cropped tops IF I do 100 ab crunches a day until July, or I would totally get on board with Isabel Marant’s cropped tracksuit pants IF I were cooler and less pear shaped. Just don’t go there.
If only. How many ab crunches must Rihanna do every day?!
3) Do style old favourites in a new way. A favourite white shirt can be SS14 –proofed with the addition of a perspex necklace and you can wear metallics in day time. My personal New Year’s Resolution is to buy better and less but to rediscover the clothes I have and wear them in a more creative way.
4) Never buy an item of clothing in the sale or otherwise in the wrong size unless you really are going to alter it on the day. Buying something a size too small and promising yourself you will go on a dismal diet is just depressing. Embrace the trends that suit your shape and make them your own instead of trying to be a catwalk clone.
I love this ‘Aloha’ shirt dress from Topshop. It’s a little bit sporty, floral and great for holidays – so it could last a few summers and become a firm favourite with careful washing! All that for £40
5) Investing in the basics can be boring but IT items age very quickly. Pastels and florals are almost always in fashion in some way in the summertime so pick the ones that suit you and not the most-fashionable-this-week according to Vogue.
6) Dos and don’ts aside what are you most excited about embracing this season? On my wish list is a structured pastel top, inspired by Balenciaga and a really brash arty skirt. Yup, I will crack that one.