“Brighter Days Brings Brighter Outfits”: Where to Shop and What to Buy this Spring

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Spring is officially here. Blossoming early this year, along with all the snowdrops and daffodils, the sun seemed to be premature in Lancaster. Often the sun is more than welcome, however, if your wardrobe is in need of an update, then the uninvited heat may be a few weeks too early. What can be even more daunting than the early rays is deciding what trends to choose this spring, with an abundance of alluring options out there- styles from ‘cottagecore’ to ‘Parisian chic’. Being mindful of the current lockdown situation we still find ourselves in, adding a little colour to your wardrobe is especially needed now, and brighter days brings brighter outfits. Here I’m sharing my spring wardrobe essentials, where to shop and what to buy for SS21.  

Lightweight Jackets/ Blazers 

Never failing to impress and my favourite shop, not only for its affordability but also for always providing the latest trends, is Zara. Year after year I wear my Zara blazers and jackets, owning more than I would like to admit, whilst still being tempted every spring to buy the whole new collection. This year is no different. The pastel shades of pinks and blues add that much-needed colour to any outfit, whilst a classic white blazer brings some sophistication; Zara has the complete range.

Wide Leg Jeans  

After most people spent the previous year in loungewear (and are still struggling to get out of it), it is time to get those jeans out again ready for emerging into society. Comfort doesn’t have to be lost, and with the perfect pair of wide-leg jeans, it really isn’t. & Other Stories, although favouring the expensive end of the student budget, offer a great range of jeans, most popularly the ‘Treasure Cut Cropped Jeans’.  

Cardigans  

Both Instagram and Vogue are all about cardigans this season, with an amplitude of celebrities sporting the perfect knits, specifically matching twin sets. Being a wardrobe staple, the cardigan is ideal to wear on cooler spring mornings. Once again having a rather 90’s vintage feel to them, cardigans this season are extremely pretty, with floral embroidery and lace collars. ASOS is another go-to, with cute floral sage green cardigans being amongst the array of pastel hues they have to offer. 

Mini Skirt  

SS21 is the comeback of mini skirts. Although never one to really go out of fashion, they are more popular than ever this season. Paired with knitwear and boots at the start of spring, then come the warmer months with camisoles and sandals, the mini skirt fits the whole season. With the choice of classic denim resurfacing the 90’s trend, the mini skirt leaves it so you can choose your favourite. One of my favourites has to be the white tennis skirt, with Urban Outfitters and iets Frans offering the ultimate mini skirt. 

Fashion trainers  

A primary part of a spring wardrobe has to be a chic pair of trainers. The best way to differentiate between actual exercise and outdoor socialising, they are comfortable and easy to throw on in that in-between time where the weather doesn’t permit sandals. There are the classics that don’t seem to age, such as Converse and Reebok’s, with New Balance being a classic which supermodels such as Kendal Jenner have been sporting this season. Another popular brand for SS21 is Veja, being eco-friendly and fair-trade, hence the slightly higher price, they are also extremely stylish.

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