The Beast from the East is behind us. It’s trying to warm up. But one minute it’s full-on sunshine and the next balls of hail are pelting down. So how to create the perfect capsule closet to transition you seamlessly and stylishly into spring? Well, it has to be all about clever layering. Here are our Top 10 Lux Boutique Outlet trans-seasonal saviours that will work hard in every woman’s wardrobe when the weather’s being challenging.
Overlooked for so long as a simple throw-on, sweatshirts are now a firm style friend. The new sweatshirt is much more than slouchy casualwear. These are statement makers that are designed to lift your look from middle-of-the-road to marvellous when you shrug off your outerwear. This Preen sweatshirt captures the spirit, perfectly, with its quirky Victoriana frill.
THE BELTED CARDIGAN
A great cardigan is a style essential when it comes to peeling down and layering up with the rise and fall of the mercury. Also, as the weeks roll forward into summer a luxurious cardigan will be the only outerwear you reach for whatever you’re wearing because the right cardigan can be worn in multiple looks – with jeans and a tee, over a cute printed dress or as a shrug-on over a strapless holiday dress. Inject some sunshine yellow in your Spring wardrobe with this Just In Case knit.
THE CROPPED JEAN
There’s something quite exhilarating about flashing a bit of ankle after months of winter boots. A pair of cropped jeans is our favourite way to do this as they work as well with heels as they do with some crisp white sneakers. And come summer, pedicure allowing, they look amazing with your choice of strappy flats. These M.i.h jeans are the ultimate cropped jeans. Relaxed yet smart they will take you everywhere this spring.
THE WHITE SHIRT
Talking of crisp white, there is no harder working essential in a woman’s wardrobe than a sharp cotton shirt. Go classic, wear it under a light sweater with your favourite jeans or try a fashion editor favourite, tuck it into a pretty printed skirt for some optimistic spring chic. We love this Temperley take on a classic to worn with some borrowed from the boys swagger with cigarette pants.
Every closet needs one. It is the piece that can raise your game when that elusive smart/casual dress code is required because pull it on over a tee and jeans or a pretty printed dress and your look instantly elevates from everyday to sartorial excellence. It’s also one of our wardrobe icons because it also provides an extra layer of protection against a chill spring wind. Try this sleek tailored Theory jacket to take you everywhere you need to go. It’s a forever failsafe.
The perfect T-shirt that fits and flatters is the holy grail of style. A tee is the foundation block in building the perfect trans-seasonal capsule closet. Choose simple and white or pretty and printed, either way it’s a base layer that also needs to standalone when the sun shines. This Rails tee is a spring essential with its cute cherry print.
THE LONG-SLEEVE LIGHTWEIGHT KNIT
On chiller spring days a simple base tee under a light knit is a go-to style lifesaver. That same knit is a layer over a white shirt for a sharp everyday look. And come warmer days it can be worn simply with skirts, shorts or Capris. A proper never-let-you-down failsafe. Try this Max & Moi sparkle knit. It will keep you warm on chiller days at home and abroad and will showcase your sunkissed tan, when it happens.
THE PRINTED SKIRT
So here’s a piece that has longevity across the seasons. A printed skirt is spring/summer city smart with that perfect white shirt tucked in (with that lightweight knit or cardi over the top) but can also be roll packed into your summer holiday luggage to be worn with a lightweight tee or simple vest top. This Ottod’Ame Pen Rosa skirt has a certain Roman Holiday vibe to it. So make like Audrey Hepburn, add it into your closet and let it work hard for you this spring.
THE DAY DRESS
There is something rather versatile about a dress that looks as great bare-legged as it does with tights and boots. Get holiday prepped in printed dress that will work as well with a tan as it does with 40 denier like this gorgeous Chinti and Parker piece.
Move over winter wools and quilted coats, lightweight macs and coats are your best bet now that British Summertime has officially begun. Nothing looks more out of place come spring than a heavy coat. So say goodbye to wool and padding and say hello to lighter or technical fabrics. A pop of colour will lift your spirits, choose an ice-cream pastel to be very on-trend for 2018 or opt for, woman of the moment, Megan Markle’s favourite a white, belted mac. We love this Protected Species version for those crazy spring days.