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Style&Minimalism on Transitional Dressing
Spring is on the horizon, apparently! Some days it is hard to believe, and as the days slowly but surely start to warm up and the evenings get lighter, it can often feel like one step forward two steps back. One thing is for sure - we are about to enter the hardest season for dressing, because you can’t predict the weather from one day to the next.
Blogger and style guru Vikki from Style&Minimalism has spoken to us about how to nail transitional dressing. Here are her top tips:
We are so excited to put away our winter coats! What are the best top layers for spring you recommend we invest in?
Spring is definitely the time to invest in a trench coat; you can layer it over warm knitwear on chillier days or wear it over a dress when things finally warm up. A black leather biker jacket is also a wardrobe staple for the transitional months; I’ve been grabbing for mine a lot lately, that and blazers.
It’s definitely too soon for sandals... What shoes/boots are you wearing at the moment?
I’m rarely out of trainers at the moment, thank goodness for Phoebe Philo making them so acceptable! But when I do it’s usually to swap them for a pair of pointed toe black ankle boots, they go with everything. I have a black suede pair with a stiletto heel and a lower black leather pair that are almost flat, both quite classic styles. I’ve had my eye on some pointed toe sling-backs but haven’t found the right pair, yet.
What are your three top colours for spring?
There are lots of beautiful earthy tones coming through this season that I think are stunning, shades of terracotta and copper are really popular. I also like the more muted shades of green that compliment them, like sage and olive. If you’re feeling brave though, a pop of shiny silver or bright red are definitely in.
And what are the trends to look out for? (e.g. retro prints, the ‘new look’ ruffle, clashing pastels...)
Wide-leg trousers aren’t going anywhere they’re just getting bigger and more floaty. Shirts are constantly being reinvented and deconstructed each season, but currently the bigger your cuffs the better. And, checks are really big this season, from Prince of Wales to plaid.
Any excuse for a new pair of jeans! What styles will we be snapping up?
I’ve already got my eye on a pair of cropped wide-leg jeans in a natural shade of cotton, they’re quite 70s with patch pockets on the front. Levi 501s are everywhere I look though.
What’s the first thing we should be pulling to the front of the wardrobe, from last year's summer investments?
Boho dresses are always popular in the summer; ruffled shirts and mules will be popping up again, too.
What are your go-to accessories for spring?
For the new season I’ve been looking for a pair of big gold earrings, elegant, organic shapes from the likes of Alighieri, Anissa Kermiche and Common Muse.
Favourite summer-ready beauty products?
I’ve been reaching for the St Tropez lately and scrubbing like crazy to shed my winter scales. It’s not long til we’ll be seeing some warmer weather (hopefully).
Finally, who caught your eye at LFW championing the new season beautifully?
LFW is such jumble of styles, colours, prints and general ‘look-at-me’ outfits. I tend to look to people with a strong style of their own that adopt small elements of the new season into their wardrobes. Two women that come to mind are Caroline Issa and Sarah Harris; Kate Foley always has an inspiring take on the new season, though.
In the above pictures Vikki wears the Midnight Blue Fedora With Black Patent Band.
SHOP the hat HERE
Vikki is also a fan of the Willow Fedora In Mink, which she sported during Paris Fashion Week (pictured above).
Read her PFW blog post HERE
Vikki says: "I’ve always been a hat person and love discovering a new hat brand that puts beautiful craftsmanship above all else. I’ve owned quite a few fedoras but my Penmayne one is by far my favourite, it has a great shape that holds (not floppy like some) and the brim is just right for me, not too slim, not too wide. Their hats are made to last and I know I will cherish mine for many years."
- Images courtesy of Style&Minimalism -