Wardrobe Revivals

I’ve got to that age and wardrobe capacity where the cyclical nature of fashion means each season I can dip into the back of the closet and pull out some key pieces that can be revived once again. As I’m attempting to buy less this year (which, by the way, I’m finding ridiculously hard) I’m going to try and get excited about what is in my existing wardrobe first. So with that in mind, for Spring I’ll be retrieving the following:

Top-handle bags

These lady-like bags are very much back in fashion this year either with a vintage-look (extra points if they are vintage!) or in an unusual shape or finish. This is largely due to the revival of Dior’s saddle bag and Fendi’s baguette.

I’ll be getting out my pale blue and black vintage Chanel bags, my Gabriela Hearst Demi and Paula Cadematori multi-coloured top-handle.


Other new bags I’m loving are (click on image for link):



Neon & Tie-dye

I’ve always been a fan of neon – I think so long as you’re not extremely pale-skinned, it can be extremely flattering; you just need to find which colour works best. I love all of them. I already have neon cashmere t-shirts in pink and green and a cashmere jumper in neon yellow but decided I’d add a neon orange into the mix with this jumper from Asos:


Helene Berman coat, Asos knit, J Brand jeans, Stella McCartney shoes, vintage Chanel bag & Loewe coin purse.

If you’re not brave enough to wear neon on its own, don’t forget you can layer it under something or just go for a neon accessory (I’ve dug out my Loewe elephant I bought last year).

Tie-dye will always be forever associated with a hippie existence in my eyes, but even the high-fashion houses have adopted it this year and it’s beginning to grow on me (probably because it’s colourful). I’ll be pulling out a sunset-hued Asos t-shirt I bought last year and will be layering it under blazers this Spring and knotting it at the waist with denim shorts in the Summer.

New lust-worthy things in this category are:




In opposition to the above, trench coats and muted colours such as cream, beige and khaki have been all over the fashion media the last few weeks. I’ll be digging out my khaki green high-waisted J Crew trousers I bought last year, which I still love. Tonal dressing in these colours with a pop of colour can make all the difference.

I’ve already pulled out my Burberry rust/orange trench (a great thing to invest in if you can find one in the sales) which I’ve paired with cream cashmere and tapered trousers,  think: urban safari!



Burberry trench, Pure Collection cashmere, Adam Lippes trousers, Stella McCartney shoes & Gabriela Hearst bag.

These more slouchy, slightly tailored, masculine trousers are making a come-back and are so comfy but probably not the best thing to wear on a date night.

Beige is big this Season and next. I find it boring but it can look unbelievably chic. Personally I’ve never found a beige that hasn’t made me look washed-out no matter how much bronzer (any tips – let me know!) but I love it paired with an unexpected bright colour like red or yellow so I might see if I can get away with it this way. I do love khaki and rust so I might allow myself to buy a couple of new items as these colours are great staples.

Some new pieces that have caught my eye are:


Reiss in particular has some really great pieces; I’m definitely going to try a few of these on. The great thing about these colours is that they’re easy to layer and are great for integrating into existing wardrobes. These earthy tones look great with most things – clashing brights, denim and animal print, to name a few.

What clothes are you going to be giving a new lease of life this Spring?



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