As the weather starts to get warmer and we shed our layers of sweaters and scarves, many of us are facing the same strange conundrum – which is that we’ve almost forgotten how to dress for spring! Indeed, spring dressing does present its challenges, particularly in a climate that’s notoriously unpredictable, so we’ve compiled our five essentials for your work-wear wardrobe that will see you through the season.
Black, white or grey blazers may be smart, but they can feel a little too muted in the springtime, so trade your understated office jacket for a cheerful pastel blazer instead. When teamed with a patterned shirt, cropped trousers or a fitted plain shirt dress, a pastel blazer introduces colour to your wardrobe without compromising on style.
When it’s not yet warm enough for skirts yet too cold for jeans, a pair of tailored cropped trousers is the solution to your spring work-wear woes. With heels or flat ballet pumps, a colourful shirt or a light sweater, in chic navy blue or vibrant floral prints – how you wear your cropped trousers in the office is up to you, but you’ll find it’s the spring wardrobe item that you reach for, again and again.
Houndstooth Shift Dress
It’s not yet the time for floaty floral dresses, which is why we adore the houndstooth shift dress from the ladies’ fashion store Bonmarché, whose affordable range of smart dresses for work contains some wonderfully versatile gems. The monochrome print and structured fabric of the houndstooth shift dress help to create a chic silhouette, plus the knee-length, short sleeves and round neckline tick all the boxes for appropriate office dressing. What’s more, it will look just as great outside the office with coloured accessories and patent heels.
Crisp white shirts may be timeless, but printed blouses can make even the smartest of suits feel fashionable and on-trend for the spring season. Invest in a couple of great pastel floral shirts or blouses to take your black or navy suits through spring, or dare to wear abstract motifs, checks or even animal prints to make an impact in the office whilst still looking chic and sleek.
Wrap dresses are the one style that never goes out of fashion, as not only are they comfortable and elegant, they’re flattering to almost every type of figure. A wrap dress in a spring shade of blue, purple or even moss green can be dressed for the office with a light cardigan and flat pumps, then when the weather gets warmer, add some bold jewellery or a scarf to breeze into summer.