Dressing up jeans for summer

In this post I am covering three subjects. Firstly I have based both outfits on how to dress up jeans. I have not been wearing my tried and trusted jeans for many months. I seem to have neglected them recently and left them languishing at the back of my wardrobe. I decided to get them out of moth balls and see if I could dress them up for Spring and fall in love with them again.

SHOWN ABOVE

Long sleeve white top // silk print scarf // Helene Berman navy jacket
Blue bag  // Boot cut jeans  // Navy block heel pumps
Necklace

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Monochrome look for Spring

Monochrome never goes out of style and in my opinion always looks chic.

Black is not the most obvious colour for Spring. I continue to love this years array of bright hues, especially the cool pinks and blues. I might even try a soft yellow. Perhaps these new “brights” are not to your taste.

What to do when you have a wardrobe full of your favourite dark neutrals.  You could always go monochrome.

Black is eternal and in my opinion never truly disappears from our wardrobes. If black does not suit you try substituting navy, brown or grey for a “monochrome look”.

ABOVE I AM WEARING:

Black leather coat Mango // Cream lace black blouse Finery (UK) Black ponte trousers with leather side panels bought in France (similar).

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Spring/Summer shoe trend

I have resisted the new style “mules” for some time now. They were in evidence last year and my initial reaction was no way. How could you possibly walk in these shoes? Surely they will slip off.

Well the trend has endured and mules continue to be very much in evidence this season. So I thought I would try a pair. To my surprise they are not only comfortable but practical.   My navy mules are by Marks&Spencer  (US link). They are also available in red.

Having decided they are a good addition to our summer wardrobes I did further research. I discovered mules are available in a wide variety of styles and colours. I have chosen a selection of fun and decorative options for you to consider.

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How I wear my blue shirt

How I wear my blue shirt. Blue shirts always look fresh. They are a softer option than white and suits most colourings. They can be associated with either work wear or “corporate uniform”.

On the other side of the spectrum they are often worn with casual wear especially teamed with jeans.

I consider blue shirts to be extremely versatile. They can be both formal or casual depending on the wearer and the situation. I have chosen a modern version of the blue shirt from Marks&Spencer. (unfortunately out of stock similar). It shows the new bell sleeve trend. Personally I think the sleeve detail adds an “on trend” element.

SHOP MORE CLASSIC OPTIONS

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Stripes are all the rage

Stripes, stripes and more stripes. They are everywhere this Spring. In fact it is difficult to go into any shop or browse any website without encountering striped tops, sweaters, bags, trousers, dresses and skirts. Personally I am not a fan of high contrast stripes such as black and white or bright red and white. Too stark in my opinion unless you have dramatic colouring to balance the look. However a subtle muted stripe such as this wool/cashmere blue/grey stripe knit kimono by Hope Fashion is flattering. It feels wonderfully soft and is a versatile easy to wear piece. I am wearing it here with a navy turtle neck sweater (similar) and black trousers (similar) as the weather in London is still cold and mercurial. It will look equally good later in the season with white or cream linen.

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