Ease Yourself Into The New Season
By Victoria Moss
Victoria Moss is Senior Fashion News and Features Editor at The Telegraph
Having successfully got this far into the year, it’s probably about time to start thinking of a few wardrobe refreshers. They’ll be new season trends coming at you from all angles, but we’re going to hold on those for now: no one needs to debate the pros and cons of a shoulder baring ruffled top in April (or, perhaps ever). Instead we’re going to look at those essential, key pieces which will help elevate tired wardrobe favourites as well as put a little spring in your step – all the better to help you get through to actual Spring.
Without wanting to veer into too much fashion-speak territory, the serious style shift is happening in terms of silhouette – it’s loosened up. What does this mean? Wide trousers! Or, even more ideally, what is being touted in certain circles as a troulotte, i.e. something half way between a culotte and a trouser – think cropped and wide. Not only are these eminently flattering, but they are entirely comfortable and a serious no brainer: hence, sold. If you’re brave, wear with your ankles out (or not, add a jaunty sock – coloured and printed designs are currently a thing – embrace it). Which brings us to the next addition: loafers, if you’re showing off – a pair from Gucci. The Italian stallion, with a little help from Alessandro Michele (just celebrating his first year as creative director) has made the classic horse bit style a super-charged staple. Also look to reassuringly chunky pairs from Marni – which season after season offers something for all ugly-but fabulous shoe lovers to lust over.
Given that the new fashion mood is all about ease, comfort and making your clothes work for you, it follows that your accessories (note the flat shoe of choice offered above) including your bag should fit into this. Which is why we’re advocating a cross body handbag – look for interesting quirks – be it a drawstring bucket bag, tasselled messenger, a kitsch shape, or strikingly sculptural. Worn across you, it will help draw your outfit together (literally – they’re great for keeping a flighty jacket in check) and let you keep your hands free for important things like, shopping!
Inject a hint of the coming summer-romance with a pretty silk blouse: layering is fashion’s current buzz word du jour, but when the weather is hot one day, cold the next, looking for chic items that can be worn on their own, over a vest or under a cardigan and jacket come into their own. If you find one with ruffles – then you’re really winning. Again it’s all in the details – pyjama-esque style (even an actual pyjama top – seriously), pussy-bows (very Saint Laurent), sweet ditzy prints or bold stripes, look out for pieces with a little va-va-voom to them.
And here is one final no-brainer styling tip – if you do nothing else, find yourself a wildly extravagant pair of statement earrings – whether a giant floral colourful stud or spectacular chandelier – they’ll cheer up you and your outfit a spring summer 16 treat.