Sandals (Esteban Cortazar £560), Faux Leather holographic Clutch (Stella McCartney £330), and Shoes (Nicholas Kirkwood £795) – all Net-a-Porter
Images from various Tumblrs.
I was recently contacted by Zoe Williams who wanted to write a guest post for Jones Loves… It’s always nice to get to know fellow bloggers and I was more than happy to feature her work. Here are Zoe’s top spring essentials for your wardrobe, where you’ve got cash to splash or you’re shopping on a budget for the coming season…
Spring is that time of year when last year’s wardrobe starts to look a little sad and dated, and it feels sartorially wrong to carry on in winter darks. Fashion choices for spring include bright colours to dispel the winter gloom and soft, cuddlesome knits to ward off the lingering chill breezes.
1. Pastel-Coloured Jeans
Pastel jeans are the spring must-haves. In soft peach shades or gentle pistachio greens, pastel colours look great when they’re teamed with striped tops and natural-fabric bags. Add flat shoes and you’re ready to welcome some bright spring sunshine into your life.
Layer them with romantic, floaty tops or team them up with the season’s brightly coloured blazer jackets and you’ve got a perfect daytime outfit. For evenings, pastel-coloured jeans make a great change from the normal black. Stand out from the crowd by adding a pair of heels and a glitzy top.
2. Cropped Trousers
Perfect for unsettled spring weather, cropped trousers make the perfect transition from summer to winter.
From bold blues to racy reds, wear your crops with high heels for a dash of evening glamour, or with low canvas or leather flats for daytime casual wear. Natural-coloured shoes worn with cropped trousers will add an apparent inch or two to your legs, while bright shoes will make a statement that can’t be missed.
3. Soft-Knit Jumpers
You don’t need to look old if you favour knitwear in spring. Soft pastels and neutrals or stripes and bold colours can have an impact. Look for soft, open knits and wear them with toned-down or muted accessories.
The softer knits of the season are perfect for layering over T-shirts or light blouses, making for a versatile, functional as well as fashionable addition to the spring wardrobe
4. Bright Blazers
In pinks, oranges or bright lemon yellows, the blazer welcomes spring in a riot of bright colours. Wear it any way you like – over colourful dresses, as part of a colour-block outfit or simply to contrast with dark-coloured skirts and tops.
For a night out on the town, a boldly coloured blazer will add to the glamour with a look that’s super chic and fun.
5. Pencil Skirts
The pencil skirt is a flattering favourite of many women and continues to be fashionable this spring. In bright colours or with contrasting border hems, the pencil skirt hugs the hips for a flattering silhouette.
Choose long and lean with a pencil skirt that falls below the knee, or go short and sassy with a pencil mini. Wear it your own way, knowing you’re on trend with the latest spring colours and shapes.
Look out for stripes appearing everywhere this spring. From flat casual shoes to soft, oversized handbags women are falling in love with stripes. Expect the unexpected with stripes in unusual colour mixes and combinations.
Choose matching colour stripes in wide, symmetrical bands of colour, or go one step further with mixes of vertical and horizontal. This spring, anything goes when it comes to stripes, as long as you’ve got them somewhere.
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Karl Lagerfeld, the German style powerhouse, who’s brought us cult classics from Chanel, has now delivered a fashion-forward edgy collection for Net-a-Porter – ‘KARL.‘ The collection consists of PVC, metallic, sequins and leather. Edging away from the trademark Chanel look, the collection has quite a ‘young’ feel and is not a look for shy and retiring wall flowers.
Here are my favourite pieces – two very similar skirts – two very different prices. I’m personally not too keen on how these are styled on the website (personal taste I guess) but imagining these with white lace up pumps and an oversized grey cashmere jumper for the day, and a backless long-sleeved black body, statement metal necklace and some Louboutin courts for the evening and well, I want them both.
The collection will fly out, and at these prices, I’m really not surprised…
I’m in love with these Balmain skinnies.
I created a look around these beauties using clothing from NET-A-PORTER taken from a dream of a website called Polyvore (which many of you will have heard me mention before – here is another styled outfit).
It’s a look suited to a lady who likes to combine her textures and dress to impress. Using layering, leather and print, an otherwise classic look has been transformed into an edgy little number perfect for a casual day in the city.
So a lovely friend of mine asked where she could get a thick cuff style bracelet from to give as a gift. I didn’t just find one, I found quite a few. They are so beautiful that I decided that it was only fair to divulge my findings with you all…
My favourite has to be the blue stone cuff – a.m.a.ZING
£155 Coggles.com (House of Harlow)
£68 ASOS (Luc Kieffer)
£480 Net-a-Porter (Phillipe Audibert)
£1,075 Net-a-Porter (Aurelie Bidermann)
I think I have lived a previous life… I’m pretty sure I was alive and kicking in the early seventies, at least i wish I was anyway. If I could turn back time I’d transport myself back to this era, where the fashion stores were awash with bell bottoms, floppy hats and platform shoes. Hippie thinking ruled and Farah Fawcett and Jerry hall were hey day style icons.
Book me an appointment at the hairdressers to get a wavy perm and loan me a Mercedes convertible and I’d be in my element.
For now, I shall be popping these J Brand Lovestory flared jeans from Net-a-Porter (£230) at the very top of my 2011 wish list, for seventies influences in fashion are here to stay – for another season at least.
Image – Charlie’s Angels – Google Images
At the very top of my wish list for 2011 is a pair of these Acne booties (£410) and also Alexander Wang booties (£555). Both in grey, these boots would look simply stunning teamed with dark grey worn skinnys, or some tailored carrot shaped trousers – rolled at the ankle of course. Let the heel do the talking – in both instances. Acne for their stunning architectural heel, and Wang for the sheer towering height, secured by a cute lace up front.
These are available from Net-a-Porter, so expect to see me coming (tottering) once my winning lottery numbers come up.