Spring months are March, April May, it is a transition time between winter and summer, but it is not summer, and our expectations are kept firmly in check by a glance out of the window. But Spring is a lovely season and I think we are cheating ourselves out of one of the most exciting times of the year when we expect temperatures every day to be like the Mediterranean and sit pining at strappy summer dresses that we can’t yet wear.
What do you need for a Spring working wardrobe? How can we dress appropriately now but be ready for the warm weather when it arrives?
Start with shoes and move on/peel off those boots you have been wearing since October. Clear a space in the wardrobe. Pull out all your Winter shoes. Decide which ones really need retiring, either for good or for the season. Look at Spring/Summer shoes, bring out 5 pairs you can realistically wear now – browns, maroons, beige, all good. Keep really summer shoes for summer. If you’re yearning for a little retail therapy, then a pair of good spring shoes that will also see you through early Autumn are a good bet, I love these shoes from Kurt Geiger’s current collection, smart and stylish, and can be worn with a range of tight/stocking colours.
Now clothes – anything in a heavy fabric can be washed/cleaned and put away. Go through your wardrobe and bring to the fore anything that is good now – you could be looking for sleeveless wool dresses such as frock no 12 and frock no 20, in the Working Frock shop. The aim is to try and weed out some dark colours and start putting some lighter colours and lighter fabrics in its place. Wear a top/dress/cardi that you haven’t worn for the last 6-8 months is a great way to pep up your wardrobe and boost flagging enthusiasm for the spring season. Heavy knits can be washed and put away, cashmere is still great, but you could be hunting for silk/cotton/wool mix knitwear too that will still keep you warm but which have a more delicate knit. Reorder the tops in your wardrobe – colour co-ordinate as with shoes, weed out anything too heavy and 50% of the black. Bring to the fore lighter colours.
Good intermediate outerwear for work is the classic trench, for the weekend a leather jacket or smart denim jacket is going to provide warmth, but have a lighter feel. Clean and pack away heavy coats.
Now ladies, we are in Spring. You have clothes to wear, you are looking amazing, which is great because now you can forget about it and go to work!