In true British style, the earliest signs of sun (despite us only just being fresh out of February) ignite our premature longing for summer. A nation deprived of these golden rays, we get excited, too excited, to swap out our winter wardrobes. Take for example this morning: it’s currently 3 degrees outside. I know full well it’s cold. And yet I find myself sauntering out of my flat in nothing but a t-shirt and a pair of cropped jeans – BIG mistake. Quite frankly, spring is a sod of a season. It tricks us with mornings full of sunshine into thinking that it’s actually warm. Reality check: it’s not.
Every year I find it hard to hit the middle ground between being cosy layered in duvet-style coats and heavy-duty boots, and sweating in shorts and a vest. Spring should be the welcomed in-between, but often knowing the right fashion pieces to connect the two season extremes can be harder than expected.
So here is my best advice – take from that what you will – for transitioning in spring fashion. Just remember: spring does not mean summer, and Scotland means every summer is rarely warm.
A selection of 6 spring-appropriate shoes; you can now risk wearing lighter materials and lighter colours as, hopefully, the rain holds off – although the threat of ‘April Showers’ is true all year round when you live in the UK.
Espadrilles, plimsolls, pumps, and slingbacks are all great for freshening up a pair of jeans for spring. From Left to Right: Orri & Occi; Topshop; Orri & Occi; Vintage; Jasper Conrad; Zara
You can now dare to bear a bit of ankle, without fear of losing said ankle to frostbite. Opt for more cropped jeans or trousers; the relaxed boyfriend fit or straight leg is perfect for a more spring-like look. From Left to Right: Vintage Levi’s; Zara
Swap out your heavy wool for lighter material that you can layer over t-shirts or shirts. I love to keep it classic for spring and pair a plain white tee with jeans and a causal blazer. If blazers aren’t your thang, the cropped jacket also seems to me to be inherently spring-like. Not for everyone, but my personal fave is photo’d below. Lightweight trench or mac styles also work really well for layering in the (ever-so) slightly warmer months. From Left to Right: Old Spitalfields Market; Asos
Year in year out, I struggle with the spring fashion transition. It comes with the territory of the UK; the weather will always be unpredictable and ever-changing. So this is the (somewhat limited) extent of my ‘springly’ style tips. My ‘spring fashion formulae’ = pumps + jeans + t-shirt + jacket: revolutionary, I know.