It’s Spring here in Australia and although we’re not heading out and about as much as usual, I do love to do a Spring edit of my wardrobe. I’ve been checking out the shops for my Southern sisters and reading up on trends for Spring from around the globe. I’ll shop my wardrobe first, identifying items I’m happy with from last year. I’ve found a few of my favourites that won’t make the cut and will need to be replaced or mended as well as some old favourites who have survived a few culls and now feel like new items. Here are a few of the trends you can incorporate now and as the weather warms up.
Linen– Linen is a perennial favourite and the perfect fabric for our Queensland climate. The stores are full of separates, flowing pants, tailored suits and dresses. Country Road has a great range in some lovely Spring colours. I’ll be searching for a puff sleeved dress and an apricot coloured blouse to add to my own wardrobe. Linen is a natural, breathable fabric that you will be wearing for many seasons to come. You can also find tees and suits in linen/ cotton blends which are not as crease prone as the linen of your memories. Uniqlo always has a great range of inexpensive linen shirts and shorts in a range of colours and styles.
Small Floral Prints– As Miranda Priestly said, “ Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking? “ Every year there does seem to be new prints to entice us and this Spring it is smaller florals which can be found in feminine dresses, blouses and skirts. Look for prints in shades of yellow, pink and green on white, 60’s paisley or pretty blue patterns. Try your local boutiques for a unique print or Witchery, Kabana Shop and the always pretty Zimmerman for refreshing styles.
Balloon and Puff Sleeves – You know I love a sleeve and this year if you buy one item to update your wardrobe make it a balloon sleeve shirt. Worn with skirts or jeans this style will take you from brunch to lunch and beyond. It’s also office friendly and will look sharp on those Zoom calls, especially if you choose one in a neutral like rust , black or wheat. For a playful change try a sunflower yellow, soft pink or a happy cornflower blue to banish those lockdown blues.
Flares- For me flares have never gone out of fashion and suit my body shape so I’m all for this trend. Try a cropped style for casual wear or pair full length flares with a puff sleeve for a balanced silhouette that gives a nod to the 70’s. Alice McCall has some beautiful buttoned flares, as do Witchery, who always have stylish and affordable jeans for every shape. Australian brand, Rolla’s is a Melbourne label which boasts an expansive range of vintage inspired denim. Try your local vintage stores to bag an original.
Spots – A perennial favourite spots and dots are everywhere this season in a range of colours. Try a floaty maxi dress with long or short sleeves, a cute shirt or spot pants with a colourful top. I always say that you can never have a bad day in spots and with so much to choose from this Spring there is a spot for every occasion and taste.Try a feminine style from Review, retro style from Maiocchi or pretty Boho style dress from my friends at Our Sunroom. Pair your spots with chunky boots for an edgy look. You will wear your spots for many years to come and they are a great investment piece. I never cull a spot item from my wardrobe.
Colours for Spring are an antidote to our times. Bright yellow is big , as is orange in all shades from a soft apricot through to coral and beyond to a fruity fluoro orange. Blues of every hue are always calming and fresh. Greens are soothing and tropical. Pink in all its guises once again comes to the fore. More earthy tones also make a statement in your linen and staple pieces and are great investments.
You can easily give a nod to Spring by changing up your accessories. Bucket hats, square toed shoes and layered necklaces are all easy ways to modify your existing Spring wardrobe. For the young and young at heart add some tie dye or matching coordinated knits for a fresh Spring change and remember you can still pair everything with your sneakers.
Spring outings may be a little bit different this year but I can guarantee that the colours and shapes for Spring will make you smile and put a spring in your step. Don’t forget to shop your wardrobe and look for vintage items that embrace these trends. Have fun with your Spring looks and I know your mood and the mood of those around you will be lifted, even if you are only staying safe at home.
Freelance writer, wife and mother of three sons, occasional supply teacher and aspiring romance author, Michelle Beesley can be most often found in a coffee shop chatting with friends or beside a rugby field cheering on her favourite teams.
Michelle is a prolific—albeit reluctant—traveller, keen walker, bookworm and yoga enthusiast who loves anything pink or sparkly (including champagne!).