When it comes to outerwear, invest in a quality garment that will see you through both spring and autumn. A style that never seems to go out of fashion is the classic trench coat. Formal enough for work yet casual enough for weekends, it’s a great, transitional piece of clothing that looks equally good with skirts and trousers. Modern styles play on the classic shape with asymmetric cuts, bold button detailing and visible seams, among other features. Choose a practical colour like dark red, green or blue instead of the Burberry-inspired beige.
Weather in spring is really hard to predict so layering is key. Some days, if the sun is high in the sky, you might even want to strip down to a T-shirt so ensure you have a good few classic T-shirts in various, versatile shades to see you through the season. Opt for light pastel tones and white, as well as some bolder colour hues. Choose both fitted and loose-fitting tees so you have a selection depending on the occasion. Fitted are generally more accepted in a business environment, whereas during weekends you’re likely to find loose ones more comfortable.
For an extra layer, invest in some cardigans that are particularly practical thanks to their buttons or zips that act as a built-in temperature control. It may sound odd, but check the menswear section. Oversized cardigans are bang on trend and really comfortable. Look out for patterned cardigans to add a bit of pizazz to your look, or at least seek out some pieces with fancy buttons or ribbon detailing.
An excellent dress style for spring is the wrap dress that’s fitted on the top yet loose at the bottom. It can be worn with or without tights if bought in an appropriate length. The shape is flattering on most body shapes, particularly top-heavy women. Most versions are perfectly suited for work and are comfy enough to be worn at weekends. The piece can be teamed with accessories for formal occasions or after-work drinks.
For a classic French look, choose black or navy blue tones. Modern dresses are also available in patterns and a whole host of fabrics, including silk. Look out for animal prints to really stand out from the crowd.
Every woman needs a trusty pair of jeans to see her through the season. Most companies now accept jeans as smart casual, provided they’re not of the ripped, boyfriend fit or grunge-inspired kind. The most versatile style is certainly the skinny fit jean that’s flattering worn on most figures. Its simplicity means it can be worn for both informal and smart casual occasions. Team a pair with sexy heels, a low-cut top and accessories, and you’re certainly fit for an evening out. Women’s skinny jeans with a bit of stretch are also great for mucking around in with your friends or family. If worn in a dark tone, they conceal stains.