I think spring might be my favourite season; it’s cool enough to wear knit, warm enough to wear skirts, and sunny enough to wear both with sunglasses. There are definitely some spring must-haves in my wardrobe so that I don’t look like I’m transitioning from winter to summer via no-style-ville with a side of wardrobe leftovers.
A good wardrobe always starts with basics. When transitioning from winter to spring, it’s important to choose pieces that can be layered and worn throughout the season. Pastels and soft tones are great for this as they can be worn with heavier items in winter and lighter items in spring.
Think nude bodysuit with a crisp white jean and a grey knit layered over the top, Or I go for a chunky knit in a soft shade with a silky skirt, For me spring is all about contrasting weights. I love these bodysuits from Alalya.com; their soft pastel shades are perfect for both layering in winter and on their own under high-waisted jeans for spring.
The Crisp White Shirt
Next up, I always add a fresh crisp white shirt to my spring wardrobe; I mean, who doesn’t love the feeling of a crisp white shirt with everything, especially an oversized one! I always go for 100% cotton to retain the shape and colour and I look for little details that show it’s elevated from a high street staple. Some of my favourites are Massimo Dutti, Deborah Henning, and Emilia Ohrtmann. Here are some of my go-to looks for styling a crisp white shirt.
The 90s Denims
For spring 2023, the 90s denim trend isn’t going anywhere, so I will incorporate oversized baggy jeans with ankle boots or flats and pair with soft summer tones and layer with some metallics. One of my all-time favourite combos is pale denim with pastels shades; loving these fresh white Zara jeans with a slogan Anine Bing sweater for the ultimate casual, ‘off to the shops’ look. I do like to use a contrast to these soft tones with footwear to give a pop of bold. My favourite ones at the moment are the Nicole Slips-Ons from House of Ballerinas; these are a great all-rounder and go with so many looks.
I love the paper bag style denim shape, and this pair goes really well with anything and is super comfortable. I have paired them again with this Emilia Ohartmann Silky blouse; the colour is to die for! I was also lucky enough to find the exact same colour in these leather summer slides from Desert Totes. If I want a more formal white denim look for a meeting or the office, I like to style a slimmer leg that’s usually cropped so it still has a little bit of a casual feel to it, and since we can still get away with knitwear, these paired with a soft stripe are an easy day look for spring. To add a touch of glam and contrast colour.
I’m wearing this look with the Giselle from House of Ballerinas. These are a great choice for meetings, as they have a closed toe and a crystal detail.
Topping everything off with a layer of gold will do nicely for this fresh season. Layering soft denims, pastels, and crisp whites need that extra bit of sparkle to make your look pop. I’m loving the collection from Anine Bing, especially the Triple Knot Earrings match with the Bold Link Necklace and finished with her Bold Dome Ring. Matches made in heaven!
Use these solid basics and extra metallics to freshen up your spring wardrobe then re-style them with the new influx of summer colours next season, et voila!
Deborah Henning launched her own namesake label in 2014 after working with up and coming brands in the Middle East as well as Alexander McQueen in London, much loved Australian brand Sass & Bide, and British brand Ghost. Follow her on Instagram and check out her website.