Spring is all about pastels. High-street stores become awash with pale pinks and floral prints by the start of March, and most girls go crochet crop-top and pastel kimono crazy as soon as spring pieces hit the rails
However, if you’re like me and don’t particularly like wearing colour but still love fashion, this season can be a bit of a nightmare. It’s a running joke amongst my friends that while they look fresh, floral and ready for spring, I’m wearing black and prematurely ready for Halloween. This, along with my long black coat, has meant that they’ve even nicknamed me ‘Morticia’. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Morticia’s sass but I’m not a sunshine-hating vampire, I swear. I just don’t particularly like bright bold colours and prints, and to be quite frank I think most florals are tacky. Don’t get me started on neon. I do love the spring and summer months, but finding clothes to match has been a bit of a challenge in the past.
I know I’m not alone on this, surely not every girl’s idea of the perfect spring outfit matches what we see in the high-street. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with what H&M, for example, bring into stock come spring. It’s just not for me.
I much prefer minimalism and structure to my outfits, I think it’s more edgy and timeless. But finding clothing which fulfils this is sometimes a challenge. Over the past couple of years though, I think I’ve got closer to mastering a seasonal outfit that still fits in with my style.
Buying in preparation for spring has been an excellent method, and picking up a few bits from shops during the winter/spring season changeover has, so far, been a great start. A lot of clothing is brought out with the intention of it being layered during the later months, however as the season progresses lots of items can work in spring too, with a few minor adjustments of accessories.
"It’s a running joke amongst my friends that while they look fresh, floral and ready for spring, I’m wearing black and prematurely ready for Halloween"
Also, another method for me has been finding inspiration online. Unfancy.com is a gold mine, the site has a capsule inspiration section which is like a look-book of minimalistic seasonal outfits. ASOS is also super helpful for me at this time of year, they have a vast amount of black, white, camel and grey clothes in season which is always great for me. Especially when you can use the filters while shopping online, allowing you to choose which colours you view. Bye-bye neon pink, hello neutrals.
A simple oversized jersey dress can work at any time of the year. It can be worn well into spring with some trainers, simple jewellery and a felt hat making a season appropriate look without all the floral faff.
I’ve also discovered a love for culottes and flares during my quest to discover a new spring look. A pair of black flared jeans and a simple crop top with a leather jacket is an easy to wear simple chic outfit which is perfect for a spring evening.
In short, if bright spring colours aren’t for you, then there are loads of options out there. Simple statement pieces and clever layering will serve you well. Wear what makes you comfortable; stand out amongst your friends in the pastel and florals and play around with your looks until you find your perfect spring wardrobe.