3 Spring Trends – for a capsule wardrobe

I might be sitting here snuggled up in my dressing gown and seeing snow warnings in my Twitter newsfeed, but that won’t stop me from dreaming about my Spring fashion shopping! Surely with Easter just around the corner, and the shops full of new season trends, it’s a good time for any capsule wardrobe convert to start planning for the transition. I jumped on the capsule wardrobe bandwagon at the end of last year (you can read my previous capsule wardrobe posts here and here) and am definitely still learning, so this time I am doing my research well in advance. My changeover will be at the beginning of April so I am keeping my fingers crossed for more sunshine by then! Here are three items from trends for Spring 2016 that I have my eye on…

The Bomber Jacket – New Look – £27.99

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As a 90’s teenager the bomber jacket was a staple for me growing up. When it recently made a comeback for Autumn/Winter I wasn’t sure if it was something I wanted to re-wear this time around. Then I saw this beaut from New Look. The classic style updated for Spring will look just as good with jeans and converse as it will layered over soft tailoring. Pink Ladies eat your heart out!

 

The Evening Sweatshirt – Milk It Vintage (at ASOS) – £45

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I can’t pretend to be a dedicated follower of catwalk trends but a quick flick through InStyle magazine recently introduced me to the concept of the evening sweatshirt. Apparently they were seen on models walking for designers such as Christopher Kane in the shows for Spring 2016, so the high street are bound to take notice. A twist on the classic sweatshirt combining comfort and a touch of glamour, they are ideal for a capsule wardrobe where versatility is key. I love this one from ASOS.

 

Fringed Heels – River Island – £38

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Seventies inspired trends seem to be here to stay with fringing having been all over the high street since last Spring. This year, I’ve noticed a more toned down version coming to the forefront making the seventies look very wearable. I love that this pair from River Island have a heel height suitable for all occasions and a peep-toe to show off the Spring pedi without being too open resulting in freezing cold feet!

 

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My Capsule Wardrobe: Lessons & Winter Updates

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Back in October last year, I posted about dipping my toe into the increasingly popular capsule wardrobe concept. I have now worn my wardrobe for three months, learnt lessons and updated my collection for the next season so thought it was about time I wrote an update. If you didn’t catch my first post, I’ve linked it here and I recommend you give it a quick scan before reading on…

Developing my style

This was one of my aims when I started and I feel like it is happening. Opening my wardrobe doors when preparing for the transition to winter I was greeted with a consistent colour palette and a mixture of soft tailoring and casual pieces; Plenty of black, white and grey and also some earthy tones, and I was drawn to the same kind of items when I shopped for winter.

Saving money

Between the changeover in seasons, I barely spent any money on clothes. I wouldn’t have spent any, aside from the fact I burnt my pencil skirt when trying to iron it so had to replace it! I wasn’t a big spender on fashion prior to trying out the capsule wardrobe but whatever your pre-capsule spending habits, you’ll definitely have some spare cash to save/spend on other things once you commit to the concept.

Buying quality

My wardrobe used to be almost exclusively Primark. I’m not saying that’s necessarily a bad thing but once I knew I would have less pieces in my wardrobe, I knew I would need it to be better quality as it would obviously be washed more often. I’m not saying I bought designer (if only!) but buying in places such as Reiss, Zara, and even Topshop has felt like a luxury to me, and one I want to continue with!

Lessons

My main one so far is check the care label before buying! The last thing I wanted was to have to handwash or dry clean items when I’m wearing them so often. The other is plan financially. I knew my changeover would be at the end of December so asked for vouchers as Christmas presents. My next spending spree will be at the beginning of April so I plan to put money aside especially for the purpose.

The Winter Update

Having built my first capsule wardobe after reading the wise words of Caroline from un-fancy.com I went a bit freestyle this time! I wrote a list of all my items and ticked off everything I knew I wanted to keep. Everything not ticked was pulled out of the wardrobe and scrutinised; did I still love it and would I still wear it? If the answer was no the item went into storage or the charity pile. Next, I reviewed all the items in storage to see if I wanted to add them to the current wardrobe. This time I only kept two items out of storage, as the majority of it was spring/summer wear. This left me with a list of items to buy, which as before was the fun part! The collage above shows some of the items new to my winter capsule wardrobe, all linked below. Advice and feedback on the process welcome as always!

Khaki shirt dress – ASOS

Frido over the knee boots – Aldo

Stud tie front blouse – Warehouse

Down filled premium parka – Miss Selfridge

Sleeveless white shirt – ASOS

Navy Swing Dress – Miss Selfridge

Grey maxi cardigan – Soaked in Luxury (at ASOS)

Alaska wide fit ankle boots – ASOS

Fine knit roll neck jumper – JDY (at ASOS)

Boohoo Haul – basics

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Do you ever look inside your wardrobe and think “I really need some basics”, or is it just me? I love to wear colour so am often drawn to bright pieces when buying clothes and this means every now and then I need to haul some simple pieces in muted colours to balance it out. Even so, I don’t like to spend too much money on clothes as I know how fickle I am in my fashion preferences. Boohoo is therefore a website I turn to often when I need a fashion fix! Recently I did just that and wanted to share the little haul with you.

The prices I am listing are the standard website price, but I took advantage of a 20% student discount.

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The LBD – £20

Surely the Little Black Dress is the most classic of wardrobe basics? I was drawn to the ‘Alizeh’ when scrolling through the new arrivals section on the website. With it’s scuba material and skater style skirt I think it’s the perfect mixture of classic, fun and girly. The off the shoulder detail also adds a 70’s twist, which seems to be a big Spring/Summer trend this year. I went up a size, as the measurements listed on the website seemed a little small but the material makes for a flexible fit so I will be returning this for my normal size. I’m 5’4″ and this is already pretty short on me, so be aware of that if you are lucky enough to be longer legged than me!

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The Oversized Tee – £10

The oversized look is definitely a trend that seems to be around to stay. I can see why, as oversized clothing is so comfortable and will suit most shapes and sizes (in my opinion). As I’m quite petite, I team oversized tops with skinny jeans or tight leggings to avoid looking drowned in clothing! This is exactly what I plan to do with the ‘Unity V Neck Tee’. Of all the neutral colours, grey is my favourite when it comes to fashion so that’s the colour I went for, but this tee also comes in black, coral, khaki and white. A downside to this top is it only comes in two sizes – S/M or M/L so exactly how oversized it is will vary a lot depending on your shape and normal dress size. I got the S/M and I’d say this would fit up to a size 14. My favourite feature of this tee is the V neck, adding a more feminine touch and I can see myself getting this in more (or all of!) the colours.

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The Skater Shoe – £15

If you live in Britain, or have a similar climate, you will understand the need for ‘closed in’ summer shoes! I love sandals and flip flops, but even in the height of an English summer a rain cloud is never far away so I like to have comfortable flats that will keep my feet ‘dry-ish’ in case of a downpour. I think Skater shoes are perfect for this, so the ‘Luna Croc Effect Skater Flat’ went straight into my online basket. They are also available in black, but I went for white as they will go with more of my summer clothing. This was the first time I purchased shoes from Boohoo, and I was a bit dubious as a like to ‘try before I buy’ with shoes due to my unusually shaped feet! I went for a size 5. Technically I’m a 4.5 but I find budget shoes tend to be narrow. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find these are a comfortable wide fit, so will be returning them to get the 4.

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The Slogan Top – £8

If you have walked into a shop/been on instagram/watched television/opened a magazine in the last few months then you must have noticed that slogan tops are definite ‘thing’! I’m not a fan of them all, as I mentioned in a Primark haul I did with fellow blogger Rachel on my You Tube channel recently (linked here). However, if the slogan is something you personally relate to, I’m all for them! I was actually after the ‘I woke up like this’ t-shirt (all hail Beyonce!) but it was sold out and I stumbled across the ‘Louise Blogger Slogan T-Shirt’. I may have only been a ‘blogger’ for less than a month but I couldn’t resist! Once again, the sizing is a bit irritating (it comes in S, M, L) but the small happens to be a perfect fit for me, and in my opinion would fit a size 8-10.

Let me know in the comments if you have made any Boohoo finds lately!