Spring is a difficult time to dress as the weather tends to be spitefully temperamental. You’re warm one moment and cold the next that can leave you looking bedraggled and unprofessional. Come spring time, layering is key to personal comfort and retaining your business appropriate appearance. Instead of just throwing together a last-minute mismatched combo, spend a few hours at the weekend going through your wardrobe to see what can be worn together and whether it might be time to invest in a few new pieces for spring.
What to Wear
Particularly if you work in a client facing role, you need to be careful not to achieve a frumpy look through layering. It’s all too easily done – you throw on a polo neck, a vest and a cardigan and you’re good to go. Or so you think…
Hidden layers can save you from looking like your great-aunt Betty. If you’re going to wear a dress, throw on a singlet top or a T-shirt underneath it. It can even be a thermal but, remember, you might get too warm indoors. If you do get too cosy throughout the day, nip into the toilets and take your bottom layer off.
Be smart in selecting a cardigan or a jumper. If it looks a tad chilly outside, choose a piece in cashmere or thicker jersey material instead of a light poly-cotton blend.
If it seems like you’re in for a chilly walk to work, wear your winter coat instead of your flimsy spring trench as you can always leave it in the cloak room. That way you won’t have problems with wearing too many layers indoors.
Wear thin tights if you’re going for a dress or a skirt but keep a thicker pair in your desk or bag for days when it suddenly gets colder.
What to Buy This Spring
Sharp tailoring has been a popular trend in recent years and looks set to stay on the scene with many New York Fashion Week 2012 designers showcasing their Autumn/Winter masterpieces. Edgy fabrics are definitely in. Textures, different levels of shine, metal thread and vibrant colours are all big.
Invest in a sturdy pair of tailored trousers or a tight-fitting pencil skirt. Both are figure-hugging but flattering wardrobe staples. Their versatility is apparent as you can pair them with low-cut tops in satin or cashmere polo necks, conservative jersey tops or classic, buttoned work blouses and they’ll all look great. Accessorise liberally too, according to the occasion.
For formal events like conferences or client meetings, top the look off with a smart, tailored jacket with lapels or a high collar.
High street shops are brimming with womens tailored jackets following the key trends defined by the fashion world’s biggest players.
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