The spring/summer season has been on display in the shops for over a month already. Pink, citrus and bold flower prints adorn the window mannequins, and the magazines have started their articles on body and skin preps before you display all the bits that have been comfortably hidden over the winter months. They all seem to be a bit far ahead to me. Mind you, my body never seems quite to catch up to bikini wear any longer. Yes, we have some lovely warm days, but from winter coat to flowy maxi dress just seems too sharp and sudden a change. So how to go about this seasonal transition in an undramatic and not overly costly way? The good news is that there is no reason to dive into a complete wardrobe replacement.
I must admit that I am more than ready to ditch the boots and winter coat; but other than that, this is the season for layering. Add lighter textures and a softer colour scheme, pastel colours, camel, grey and off-white, to navy or black jeans. Focus on accommodating yourself to changing temperatures during the day. You want to be able to peel off or pile on accordingly.
The big, shapeless (but oh so warm) coat can now give way to a nice layering of several items. You start with light cotton or linen t-shirts in different shades of pastel or sandy, nude or greys. Then, again in a light colour, a soft mohair or cashmere jumper, topped with a seasonal coat or jacket. Which style of coat or jacket to choose depends on several things: where you live, your daily lifestyle, and so forth. Be it a leather or suede jacket, denim, parka, trench or a long chunky cardigan, all are highly fashionable at the moment in this season’s lighter colours and textures. If you are out and about a lot, walking dogs or picking up your children, a wind- and shower-proof parka might be the best investment. For work, a leather jacket can look just as chic worn inside as outside – all you need to do is take off or put on the layers beneath. Or the all-rounder trench coat, which literally is an investment for life. I am happy to put money on it never going out of fashion.
Remember, when you choose your layers underneath the coat or jacket, to pick every item carefully. We have all sweated away in a warm jumper that we absolutely could not take off because below it is the most comfortable, formerly white but now grey, washed shapeless t-shirt. Wear no outer garment you would not wear on its own.
Heavier boots can now make way for some tanned suede ankle boots, espadrilles, Converse or wedged sandals. With a pair of pale wash boyfriend jeans, chinos or white jeans, the legs rolled up to display a bit of ankle, the spring look is perfected.
All you need to top it off is a lightweight knit or woven scarf, another chance to add some colour or pattern, and an easy way to lift your outfit.
The bottom line is that whatever you wear, wear it with confidence.
Inger Moss talks dressing for Spring