Fashion forward: Spring fashion as the clocks change

As the clocks go ahead, so does your style. Corina Gaffney picks your new wardrobe heroes

Despite everything in this new Covid-19 reality, blue-sky, floral-filled, warmer days are just about here, and the clocks about to go forward, which can only mean one thing — spring has finally sprung. Time to break out warm-weather garb from storage and ditch the dark, dreary layers in favour of floaty fabrics and mood-boosting hues – and let’s face it, we all need cheering up right now.

With the arrival of a new season comes the major wardrobe shift, which is essential to transition your style from winter-to-spring. It’s out with the chunky, heavy winter coat, in with lighter styles like trench coats or shackets. Bye bye to clunky boots and, instead, welcome ankle-baring styles with open arms.

While you’re spring cleaning, you can forsake those instant regrettable impulse buys that have been lurking at the back of your wardrobe taking up valuable space. The closet clear-out will not only be purgative, but it also gives you the perspective to see what necessary items you might be lacking.

Because who doesn’t want the ultimate capsule wardrobe?

What makes the ideal wardrobe mix, whatever the season, is a well curated selection of statement, trend-led buys and seasonless keepsakes. The classics, ideally, should take up about seventy per cent of your wardrobe. And this season, basics are anything but boring, with the catwalks backing timeless, reliable staples.

The overarching mood for spring 2020 was wearability, with the spring runways awash with not-so-new pieces getting more of a fashion forward twist; from the new-gen trench coat as seen at Simone Rocha, Loewe and Erdem to blue denim jeans at Givenchy, Celine and Chanel. Classics have never looked so good.

The outstanding thirty per cent of your wardrobe should be the sprinkling of cult buys. That’s the off-the-moment flourishes that add personality and a stamp of your style DNA. Think fashion forward, statement wardrobe wonders that will elevate the trophy buys.

So, what pieces should you be adding to cart this season?

1. The Suit

The suit - Blazer, €49.99, trousers, €29.99, Mango
The suit - Blazer, €49.99, trousers, €29.99, Mango

A well-tailored trouser suit can be cherished for years to come, but it just happens to be one of spring’s essential purchases. A two-for-one, opt for a boxy, oversized blazer and straight leg silhouette that can be mixed, matched, for the ultimate bang for your buck. For a nod to the runway, we suggest snapping up one in either an interesting print, pastel or pared-back muted option.

2. The Leather Topper

Leather topper - Mango, €359.99
Leather topper - Mango, €359.99

Just because it’s spring doesn’t mean it’s time to ditch the coat. Instead, opt for a leather topper, with the luxe fabric no longer just reserved for winter. A patent, vinyl style will add a practical touch for dodging spring showers. Work the stylish layer thrown over a knit and jeans, or add it to your wedding dressing roster paired over a floaty, floral frock. Vivid new colour palettes of tan to bright blue, mean spring is definitely leather weather.

3. The Romantic Dress

Romantic dress - Mango, €79.99
Romantic dress - Mango, €79.99

Navigate the new season with a trophy, romantic dress — the done-in-one style is a combination of winning style highlights all bundled into one easy-to-wear item. Take your pick from the pretty styles on offer across the high-street, puff sleeve, ruffles, or faded florals, will embrace the romance. With the modest length and stunning silhouette, it makes the style appropriate for brunch, weddings, and weekends.

4. The Cargo Trouser

Cargo trouser - Trousers, €59.99, Mango
Cargo trouser - Trousers, €59.99, Mango

Making designs on your denim, the cargo trouser is here to replace your skinnies as trews of choice for spring. Easily identified due to their oversized and multiple pockets, the comfy style feeds into fashion’s obsession with all things utility this season. The key to pulling of the pockets-a-plenty trouser is keeping it modern and chic with clean, sleek, and tailored cuts.

5. The Pirate Blouse

Pirate blouse - Blouse, €46, Warehouse
Pirate blouse - Blouse, €46, Warehouse

Looking for a spring update on your nice top and jeans outfit combination? Then, look no further than the pirate blouse. A twist on the classic silk button-up, dramatic sleeves, ruffles and Victorian collar are all signatures of the style. Wear it with everything from your straight leg denims, midi skirts, tailored trousers, the lot.

6. The Shirtdress

The Shirtdress - Warehouse, €62
The Shirtdress - Warehouse, €62

The wardrobe staple gets a modern makeover with the catwalks of Bottega Veneta, Valentino and Alutzarra combining utility with traditional mannish tailoring. The wear-anywhere-style is a favourite of Meghan Markle for good reason. Team it with sandals or trainers for off-duty chic or to make it office appropriate combine it with a sleek loafer, and belt for structure.

7. The Mule

Mules - & Other stories, €89
Mules - & Other stories, €89

With a focus on interesting cuts rather than fuss and embellishment, the mule for spring is sleek, and versatile; meaning you’ll be able to wear it with everything. Opt for bright colours and square shapes.

8. The Tweed Jacket

Tweed jacket - Zara, €79.95
Tweed jacket - Zara, €79.95

Far from twee or preppy, Chanel’s favourite fabric has got a cool-girl update for spring. From luxury brands like Gucci and Balmain, to high-street stores Zara and M&S, they all have redesigned the classic tweed jacket with either colourful yarn, statement buttons, and eye-catching details. For a lesson in contrasts, pair with slogan t-shirt and distressed denims.


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