Hope is in the air.
Hope for the future, sunnier day, hugs, beer gardens and better clothes.
Being honest, the latter is the one we are most excited for.
While we have all had a good time lazing about in tracksuit bottoms and pyjamas, it’s time to start thinking about real-world attire.
And with brighter and longer days here, now is the perfect time to slowly reintroduce some sartorial excitement back into our lives.
However, the lockdowns brought some well-needed observations when it comes to our fashion consumption.
Firstly, we can survive with very little clothing. We have made it through the worst of days with two outfits on rotation.
Secondly, we were spending too much on clothes we wore only once. Without weddings, parties and nights out, many of us discovered where our money was disappearing to.
This need to spend was also contributing to an industry that produces a very high cost for the environment. Through pollution and waste, the fashion industry significantly hurts the planet.
It’s a well-documented issue and may scare many into never buying jeans again. Realistically, this will never happen because fashion is something joyous. But we can buy better and one way to do so is through staple pieces.
Staples stay in a wardrobe forever. They go with everything and anything and solve all ‘I don’t know what to wear’ dilemmas.
For staples to have longevity, you may need to spend more. Yet this doesn’t mean you have to leave the high-street stalwarts behind. & Other Stories, Arket and even Mango create long-lasting pieces in brilliant fabrics at affordable prices.
So with spring most definitely here and hope blossoming on the leaves, here are five spring staples built to last.
Mango oversized lyocell blazer
Spring is the trickiest of times for outwear choices. In the same breath, it is both warm and chilly. Coats are too much and cardigans too little which is why blazers are a clever move. Easy to wear and perfect for layering, this Mango blazer will fit seamlessly into existing wardrobes.
& Other Stories sleeveless mock neck top
A sleeveless knit top will be a trusted friend as we transition into higher temperatures.
Tuck into jeans, spring skirts and tailored trousers, while sticking to neutral tones for a clean base to work with. Plus, you won’t feel like melting even when worn under a jacket.
Weekday Voyage straight leg jeans
Gen-Z says skinny jeans are out, while millennials cling to their Topshop Jonis for dear life. We say stick to straight legs. Comfortable, flattering and made especially well by Weekday, it’s time to get reacquainted with denim.
Veja V-10 trainers
By now, you will have seen the Veja trainers on many an influencer and Instagram page. The French footwear brand is renowned for its ethical practices, with all trainers made from organic fair-trade cotton or rubber from wild trees in the Amazon rainforest. Thankfully, they look good too, and are now a bonafide classic.
Juliette Cotton Shirred Dress
Spring wouldn’t be spring without a great dress. Pair with chunky boots through the last of the chilly mornings and heeled sandals for warmer days.
Not only is the feminine shape of this Kitri dress beautiful, the colour will suit all skin tones and all post-lockdown occasions.