January 30, 2023

Every time spring comes along, I get so tempted by all the joyful prints, colours and ruffles on offer. In an alternative world, my wardrobe would be full of them. The problem is I’m very much a minimalist dresser at heart, and although I love bright, bold looks on other people, over the decade I’ve worked in fashion, I’ve learnt that what makes me feel most confident and myself is a pared-back capsule full of classics that all work together effortlessly. 

As you’d expect, then, my wardrobe is full of pieces like button-down shirts, blue jeans, relaxed tailoring, simple dresses, T-shirts and knits that I layer up or down depending on the season. By their very nature, everything pretty much goes together, but it doesn’t stop me feeling a little uninspired at the beginning of each season when I’m trying to think of exciting new outfit combinations. Is it just me, or does anyone else completely blank on what they wore every day last spring?

Minimalist Spring Outfits

This is such a simple outfit, but I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since Marianne posted it a couple of weeks ago. It inspired me to take the plunge with these Birkenstocks, and I haven’t taken them off since. 

Arket Linen Cotton Trenchcoat
Linen Cotton Trenchcoat

A timeless trench. 

James Perse Vintage Boy Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt
James Perse
Vintage Boy Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt

I love this as an update to your classic white T-shirt.

& Other Stories Favourite Cut Jeans
& Other Stories
Favourite Cut Jeans

The most popular jeans across the entire Who What Wear UK site. 

Dragon Diffusion Egola Woven Leather Tote
Dragon Diffusion
Egola Woven Leather Tote

I’m so tempted to invest in a Dragon Diffusion basket bag after seeing Editor in Chief Hannah’s recently. They’re luxurious but age beautifully and will never not be a chic sidekick. 

Birkenstock Boston Suede Slippers
Boston Suede Slippers

Love them or hate them, expect to see Birkenstock Bostons everywhere this spring and summer. 

Up Next: 12 Classic Spring Pieces Every Polished Dresser Owns