Five items you need in your wardrobe post lockdown
As lockdown lifts here in the UK and we step back outside again what key pieces will you be wearing time and time again - is it time to put the joggers aside! Here's some ideas
Dresses - A going out-out dress - a statement dress that screams ‘hello world here I am I’ve missed you!’ Dresses with exaggerated sleeves and full skirts, a maxi dress with tiers, a floral tea dress or a smocked dress with shearing or even a simple satin slip dress. Time to get the glam back on! Neutrals are still big news as are high vibe colours this summer especially pink but going into Autumn / Winter look out for impactful reds and bright greens! For a unique and fresh look try adding or changing the belt that comes with a dress – adding a belt in a different colour, texture or print to your outfit adds your own sense of style. For a designer look head straight to GANNI for their popular head turning fun and styles. On the High Street I am loving H&Ms unique collaborations with designers which recently included Simone Rocha and Zara are always a firm favourite for their amazing affordability and speedy uptake in reflecting and bringing current and upcoming catwalk trends to the High Street!
Heels - whether a pair of strappy sandals or a killer court we’ve missed heels and now’s the time to wear them with everything from the faithful joggers to the all-time favourite jeans but take a pair of flats too! It’s hard to narrow down the choice but adding a heel to an outfit will give it an instant elevated look!
Jeans - time to squeeze back into the beloved jeans - but now it’s all about the relaxed jean and that’s a huge relief as we all still seek comfort post lockdown. The skinny jean takes a back seat for now as the high waist straight leg, mum and looser boyfriend fit continue to rise in popularity. A high waist jean is also way more flattering to hide those lockdown pounds we all seem to have gained! Try Agolde jeans for pure comfort and relaxed styles, Levi’s for classic raw denim and M&S for their extensive range of cuts, colours and affordability. Look out for organic cotton and sustainable and ethical ranges too including Everlane!
Shirts - post lockdown sees the return of the trusty shirt - the oversized cotton or silk shirt worn as a French tuck, with the denim and killer heels - it’s a whole new take on jeans and a nice top! And one we haven’t worn for ages ! Also looks fab with shorts too … great thing is you can always raid the other halves wardrobe for one too … Head to Boden for classic styling, Cos for an oversized look, Zara for the favoured poplin shirt and H&M for an affordable take on the trend. Try Pure Collection (online) for beautiful silk blouses and shirts for total sophisticated styling.
Retro prints and Colour - time to be seen and nothing better than in the revival of the vintage 60’s and 70s retro prints with a big splash of colour – from tie-dye to florals and Pucci inspired prints! It’s time to get happy as we are now craving more colour in our wardrobes! Yellow is even one of the Pantone colours of the year! Head to British designer Rixo for sequins, silks, colour and beautiful print clashing pieces and I love Scandinavian Designer Stine Goya for flattering cuts, quality fabric and their wonderful hand drawn colourful prints, Hayley Menzies London, Tory Burch and Michael Kors are also my firm favourites too for prints and colour . On the High Street head to Boden, Zara, H&M or ASOS online for an array of colourful and stylish options. Colour or print feel too much head to toe? Add just a touch of colour with a piece of jewellery or an accessory such as a scarf or handbag instead.