Spring Outfit

Fashion

I left the house the other day (this is surprising enough without me continuing the story) and I was pleasantly surprised that, with my coat unzipped, I was almost not cold. Almost. This either means spring is coming or I need to stop self-medicating. (Joke.) So, Spring is on her merry little way, hopefully followed by her estranged cousin Summer, who’ll stay with us for roughly as long as estranged cousins do on sitcoms – two weeks max, before she’s hastily written out. It’s been about a year since I wrote my last one of these so I thought it was time for another style post. A year on, here’s another spring outfit:

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Topman longline tee

Let’s start off with a t-shirt, shall we? I’ve gone for this grey ‘long line’ one from Topman. Long line just means the bottom hem comes down lower around my groin. No pleasant way to say that. Oversized styles like this have been quite big over the last year or so, reflecting a general 90s sportswear trend. Top tip: you can just buy a larger size instead of specifically long line ones as they’re generally cheaper. Play the game. Beat the system. Stick it to the man!! Alternatively, feel free to just use a normal t-shirt if you prefer.

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Tan, beige, weathered sandstone, call it what you like.

If you’re the kind of person who likes to be warm (i.e. not from the north of England), you’ll want a jumper. I got this one from Primark not too long ago. You can make up your own mind on what colour you want to call it. This might help. The long tee should stick out under the jumper a little to create a nice layered look, making the outfit a little more distinctive. Wear some dark jeans underneath. Darker shades will contrast nicely with the lighter jumper. I chose a pair I got on sale from Zara. I forgot to take a picture so I’m afraid you’ll just have to use your imaginations on this one. As per usual I rolled up the hems a couple of times. wpid-img_20150325_1409492.jpg.jpegwpid-img_20150325_1412212.jpg.jpeg On top we’ve got this denim jacket which adds a bit of texture to the look. I’ve rolled the sleeves up a few times on this  too. I can’t tell you where it’s from as it belonged to one of my parents a long time ago and neither can remember which one. I’m pretty sure it was my mother though…. wpid-img_20150325_1153052.jpg.jpegwpid-img_20150325_1154122.jpg.jpeg Altogether it’s quite a casual look so I’ve added a touch of formal with these brogues. You can go sockless (buy ‘invisible’ socks. Bare feet in shoes sweat like crazy) or add a pop of colour with some bright socks, to jazz up an otherwise rather pale outfit.

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“One ring to rule them all.”

If you’re feeling optimistic, try some sunglasses. I’ve got this necklace which is just a ring on a chain. If you’ve got a ring that doesn’t fit or is a little too obnoxious to be wearing all the time like some kind of a medieval monarch, chuck it on a chain and wear it around your neck Lord of the Rings-style. All the cool hobbits are doing it.

And if it’s a little chilly, throw a coat on instead of the jacket. No point being cold just because it’s supposed to be spring!

Spring expectations.

Spring expectations.

Spring reality.

Spring reality.

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Spring outfit

Fashion

Spring is here! Hurrah!

As we start to put the thick coats away and dust off the sunglasses, the unmistakable feeling of spring and, dare I say it, even summer is in the air.

However, living in England, we all know that the mere fact that it’s spring or summer doesn’t guarantee, or even really suggest, that it’s going to be warm. We’ve all fallen prey to the tricks of the sun, tempting us to go out in a t-shirt when it’s a lot colder than it looks. So here’s a spring outfit that’s not too… naïve, shall we say.

Let’s start this one off with the plain white tee. There’s not really much to say about this classic. Despite being commonly worn as an undershirt, a well-fitting white t-shirt brings an air of simple style.

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On it’s own, a white tee can look pretty boring and plain so we’re going to jazz it up with more layers. And what’s more jazzy than a floral shirt? Nothing, that’s what…. well maybe a saxophone. This is a short sleeve shirt with a floral pattern that I got for a couple of quid in Primark. Prints are always quite popular in spring, especially floral patterns, and printed shirts have been quite popular for a couple of years now. I’ve gone for this one with quite small flowers on it but if you’re feeling a little braver, you can choose one with bigger flowery  patterns on them like a Hawaiian  shirt. If flowers are a little too feminine for you then you can buy a gun and/or an overpriced sports car. Alternatively, you can go for a different pattern. Check or polka dots or paisley would all work just as well.

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These are some pretty plain mid-wash skinny jeans so to make them a little more special, I’ve rolled up the hems a couple of times. I’ve gone for quite small tight rolls, but play around with it and see how you like it.

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On top of everything is this navy blazer. It’s quite thin so it’s good for spring/summer. Wearing the blazer obviously covers the shirt up so the (some would say) obnoxious pattern isn’t so in your face. This is a nice trick or people who might not be confident enough to wear bright colours or patterns too ostentatiously. Here it’s just a small touch of colour/pattern which gives the otherwise simple look a pizazz, making it look like you know what you’re doing. I like to roll up the sleeves of the jacket so everyone knows that I’m fun. I can be fun. Sometimes. Putting in a blazer gives it a little touch of formal style which I like because it gives off a kind of ‘work hard, play hard’ vibe. Look, I’m wearing a blazer in an informal style. I’m so crazy and fun! Seriously though, I think it’s pretty cool to mix in a little formal into a casual outfit and vice-versa.

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And finally, simple plimsolls like this finish off the look. If you’re feeling a bit more brash, go for some retro hightop sneakers. Very cool. I almost wrote “cool dude”. I’m becoming my mother. Help.

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I think it’s safe to say these shoes have seen better days.

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