Put a spring in your style
Witnessing the onset of a new spring season is refreshing after a frightfully cold winter swamped in oversized woollies and giant coats.
But don’t panic if you’re not prepared for those flimsy fashions. Transition dressing is all about tackling ‘win-sum’ head-on with between-season tactics.
Make like Coco Chanel, who once said: “I am against fashion that doesn’t last. I cannot accept that you throw your clothes away just because it is spring.”
Instead, merge your seasonal trends effortlessly with some stylish mix-and-match.
- Get trend selective
“The high street is brimming with ankle-skimming skirts, wide leg trousers and floppy velvet hats.”
And the good news is that with long lengths firmly in vogue, you don’t require any flesh-baring bravery to pull them off.
- Neutral know-how
Go top-to-toe and mix up beige, white and pale grey tones.
Leger says: “Stores are packed with this sophisticated and effortlessly simple palette of nudes.
“Easy to wear, look for minimal sheer shirts, long softy pleated skirts, flesh-tone leather shorts and silky fluid dresses. Complete the look with sharp pointed nude skyscraper heels or barely-there beige pumps.”
- Dabble in denim
“If you can’t wait to ditch the bulky pea coats, thick cable jumpers and dowdy layers then embrace spring’s best friend, denim,” says Leger.
Experiment with a new flattering fit of jeans – high-waisted are bang on trend for spring – or delve into denim nirvana and try out new separates.
“It’s the fabric of choice this season with washed-out denim jackets, dark denim buttoned-down skirts and perfectly faded denim shirts,” Leger reveals.
- Inject colours
“Every high-octane shade is acceptable this season, from bold blues, garish greens, radiant reds and neon yellows.”
If you’re not ready to embrace the brights just yet, try a subtle suggestion of colour with a standout accessory like a scarf, bag or shoes in your favourite shade.
- Transition tips
- Ditch the winter coat and invest in a classic mac or trench. Choose a bright/light shade or print to freshen up every ensemble.
- Wear your favourite floral summer dress now and team with a chunky knit cardigan and dark tights until you’re ready to bare more flesh.
- Make dark classics new season modern with offbeat colour styling. Zing up a dark suit with a fuchsia scarf or orange belt for a subtle nod to spring.
- Stash the dark, glitzy jewellery that sparkled over the festive season and replace with spring-appropriate, ethnic-inspired, floral-themed or shimmering bronze pieces.
- Love trousers? Skinny olive green cargo pants can be dressed up or down and will work equally as well in winter, spring and beyond.