Whether you’re headed to Santorini or sitting at your desk daydreaming of the Amalfi Coastline, trade your everyday wardrobe of black and grey for nautical stripes, crisp whites and a pop of colour. Relaxed shapes and silhouettes will complement your mood while a touch of metallic here and there sets off your holiday glow… Are we there yet?
The in-between seasons are always the best; autumn (when you’re ready to rug-up in big coats, boots and beanies), and spring (when you’re ready to shed all those layers and embrace a lighter, brighter colour palette). Spring feels fresh. It’s the start of something new. It’s exciting. And it always gets me day-dreaming about where my next sun-filled escape will be. But when ‘real life’ calls, and you realise that jet-setting off to an exotic location may just be exactly that – a dream – the next best thing is dressing like you’re on vacay. That means lighter fabrics, relaxed silhouettes, lots of white and pops of colour here and there to embrace the change of seasons. Trust me, after a long winter in a uniform of black on black on black, it feels good.
Here are 4 rules everyone can apply to their wardrobe for spring (because if you can’t go to Santorini, at least this will make you feel like you’re there).
Stripes are always a good idea
Not just in spring, not just in summer. Stripes are your friend all year round. Navy and white is a safe bet, but red and white also feels super fresh. You can mix them back with denim and pretty much every block colour. The world is your oyster.
It’s ok to wear colour
If you’re going to do it, now is the time. You can still keep the rest of your outfit fairly neutral, but introducing a pop of red or yellow will lift your entire look (and your mood).
left: Carmen wears DANIEL AVAKIAN Blazer available at selected stores, DAVID LAWRENCE Shirt (available early August) & ALL ABOUT EVE Skirt
right: PRADA Sunglasses available at selected stores | MARCS Jacket available at selected stores | ALL ABOUT EVE Top | BÚL Skirt | FRANCESCO BIASIA Mini leather bag available at selected stores
Your skin finally gets to see the sun again in spring, and nothing will set off your new-found glow like crisp white. Wear it head-to-toe or introduce it with a pair of white canvas Converse. Then tie it all together with a bold red lip for instant Parisian chic. Easy.
Relax to the max
Leave the heavy, structured pieces to the cooler months. Spring is all about carefree silhouettes like wide-leg pants, loose-fitting dresses and relaxed shirting. You can forget the complicated layering of winter – spring is meant to be easy. That’s it, really. All you need is a few new additions and you’re pretty much in Capri.
top: Carmen wears SEED Wrap dress all available at selected stores
middle left: STELLA Dress | BENAH FOR KAREN WALKER Bag | BALLIN Sandal all available at selected stores
middle right: Carmen wears PIPER Knit shell top, MARCS Pant (available at selected stores early August) & MCQ BY ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Sandal (limited stock)
bottom: Carmen wears PIPER Trench shirt dress, DAVID LAWRENCE PANT (available early August) & AQUAZZURA Heels all available at selected stores
Shop Carmen’s Jetset edit online here.