Words by Síomha Connolly
April 25th, 2016
Hands up if you are sick of your winter wardrobe but are stuck in a climate where it’s still too chilly to ditch the layers. Us too! Which is why we’ve put together a list of simple tricks to make your outfits more spring friendly while the weather is heating up.
With such changeable weather it’s hard to know what to wear in the morning but these accessories will work with almost any outfit to suit whatever mood Mother Nature decides she’s in. These styles have been spotted on the streets worn by the fashion elite, and now the high street has picked up on them giving you easy access to this season’s must have accessories. We’ve compiled a list of items that are under €100 so that these trends are both easy and affordable. With a couple of these simple additions to your wardrobe you’ll find yourself, and your outfits, ready for spring and the incoming summer months.
As we’re all too aware at this stage, the resurgence of ‘90s dressing is back with a bang and it looks like it is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Give a nod to the Nineties with a pair of fishnet socks worn with loafers, mid-heels, or chunky brogues. They also look cool peaking over the top of your favourite trainers or you can dress down a pair of heels with this trendy accessory. Pair this look with cropped jeans or trousers and lots of layers on top until summer kicks in. Try a bomber or a duster jacket with a polo neck underneath and you’ll be good to go. This simple accessory will bring your dull, over-worn winter wardrobe straight into style for spring.
One of the easiest ways to update your look this spring is by throwing on a skinny scarf. They’ve been seen everywhere from the catwalk to Instagram and now the high street is stocking them too. They can be worn with pretty much anything as you can see from the street style images above. While it’s still chilly out, wear a skinny scarf with your winter knits or boyfriend coat. When the weather finally heats up wear it over a light blouse and jeans with a pair of lace-up flats or flatforms. Or you can dress your skinny scarf up by wearing it with a glamorous evening look à la Alexa Chung. If you can be swayed, you could go full on Seventies and wear your skinny scarf with wide leg trousers, a fringe detail top and a pair of slip-on sandals. The Seventies is the era that skinny scarves were born after all.
Aim to make a statement this spring with dramatic earrings. Maximalism is key for SS16 and wearing a pair of statement earrings is an easy way to nail the trend. This jewellery style will update your look, making it spring ready whatever the weather. The bigger the better when it comes to this trend, and shoulder grazing styles are the créme de la créme. The more extravagant styles are perfect for dressing up your evening look, but these earrings are daytime ready too. Try wearing a colourful style with a pared-back outfit to make them office appropriate. If you can’t say goodbye to your minimalist tendencies, you can still get in on this trend by going for a pair of simple drop earrings but make sure you opt for added length to ensure you’re still making your mark on this season’s biggest jewellery trend. Look to Gucci and Dolce & Gabanna for runway inspiration, but turn to the high street for more affordable options.
Introduce some bright whites into your wardrobe in the form of a handbag this spring. Bags are a great way to update your wardrobe without having to change too much. If you pick up a white handbag now you’ll wear it for almost every occasion through spring/summer, from summer weddings and beachside getaways to sunny evening drinks with friends, this is definitely a good cost-per-wear investment. Go for a high street option and shop around for different sizes and styles until you find the one that suits you. The big trend for bags this season is the micro bag, but realistically, most of us need something a bit bigger for everyday use. How else would we be able to carry around all of those useless receipts, a whole host of beauty products “just in case”, and a charger for a phone/laptop/tablet that we don’t even own anymore? Yeah, we get it. Us women are hoarders when it comes to our handbags. Check out our top picks at the bottom of the page where we’ve found styles to suit every need.
Patches & Pins
Patches are a fun and cost effective way to update clothes you already have in your wardrobe. They will work on almost any type of clothing, from bombers and military jackets to anything denim- jeans, jackets, bags, you name it. You can have fun with a DIY job, or take the easy route and head for the high street where there are loads of affordable pre-made options. Zara have some great bombers, denim jackets, and even dungarees and shorts adorned in patches. While Topshop, ASOS and Primark are all selling packets of iron-on patches that you can customise your own pieces at home with. Badges and pins are also another easy update, they give a similar effect as patches do and they don’t leave any damage to your clothing if you decide to take them off. Now you’ve no excuse not to do some DIY work to your wardrobe this weekend.
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