Preparing for Spring Capsule Wardrobe 2018 – Buying Nothing Brand New

It’s been a while since I wrote a fashion post. I’ve been on a no new clothes challenge since the start of the year so I’ve been happily wearing my winter capsule wardrobe and trying to avoid reading too many fashion blogs so that I wouldn’t feel tempted to buy. For anyone who hasn’t read my previous blogs on this, I’m taking on this challenge to show how achievable it is to be more sustainable and conscious in your wardrobe choices simply by extending the life of clothes and moving beyond the attitude that clothing is disposable after one season.

So now that the snow has finally melted (again!) I’m starting to think about what I’ll want to be wearing this spring. As I’m avoiding the high street, I decided to take a look at the trends that are starting to emerge (catwalk and street style) and think about what I’ve already got in my wardrobe and what I might want to start searching out from second hand sources so I can show how I keep my wardrobe fresh by nodding to trends that align with my personal style but avoid having to buy new each season.

Chunky Sporty Trainers was the first trend that I spotted and I’m over the moon because I’m a Nike Air Max girl. I wore them almost exclusively for about three years and only stopped just to try to add some variety into my outfits so I’m thrilled to see this trend. I will definitely be giving my beloved oatmeal Air Max’s a spruce up and will be wearing with demin.

Skinny Cat Eye Sunglasses. Fashion is cyclical, so it was fairly predictable that after sunglasses went almost comedically massive that eventually the trend would revert to a much slimmer frame. Le Specs and Balenciaga have led the way on this trend but Zara, Mango and ASOS all have copy cat versions. I’m a big proponant of buying into a seasonal trend via accessories (in Autumn/Winter it was all about the beret) so I’m going to be checking this frame shape out and seeing if it suits me. I may even dig into my own (extensive) archive of sunglasses from the last 20 years.

Checked Blazers are not going anywhere. I have my beloved navy checked blazer from ASOS last year but I’d like a grey one to give me slightly more styling options. A blazer to me is the classic spring piece once we’ve shed the large coats. I’ve actually been shopping for one for ages and not found the one. I’ll even admit to ordering a couple from ASOS in a moment of weakness but I didn’t like them (phew!) so I’ll still on the wagon. I’d really love to seek out an amazing vintage blazer this season – it’s top of my shopping list.

Sportswear/Logos/Brights. This season the logos are big and the colours are bright. Last year’s slogan Ts have become this year’s huge logos. I’m definitely up for injecting some crayola brights and power pastels into my wardrobe and I know that Thrift Bristol is just the place to go hunting for this trend.

80s Power Dressing/OTT earrings – Think nipped in waists and pencil skirts. Last years ruffles have morphed into this years statement puff sleeves. I wasn’t into the ruffles trend last year and overall this isn’t a trend that’s calling out to me. The trench coat however is a nod to the 80s that I can get on board with. Last year I bought a houndstooth trench from Marks and Spencer that is not only practical as it’s rain proof but it’s stylish and hits this trend right on the head. I’ll definitely be digging it out once the temperature warms up a bit. Earrings are also something I’ve been experimenting with recently and love how they can elevate a simple outfit – which is something I’m all about. There are a few local jewellery designers that I’m going to be hitting up to give my spring and summer outfits some pizzaz.

Western Boots (aka cowboy boots) is trend that I was all over in the early noughties. They’re making a big comeback and I am 100% here for it. I think the western style boot is a timeless classic and really flattering. I already have a pair of ankle boots that are quite western inspired in their shape but I’d love to seek out a classic vintage pair with loads of character. I’ve been lusting after the Ganni Rosette boots (top left in picture below) but £355 is a serious investment!

Polka Dots. Occasion-wear was a category that I had excluded from my no new clothes challenge, however in the interests of transparency I feel I need to come clean and admit to buying a dress from ASOS to wear to my husband’s birthday weekend. I wanted to look for something vintage or second hand but I got ill and ended up falling back on ASOS Premier to bail me out on a next day delivery. Luckily polka dots is a spring trend that keeps popping up so I’m hoping to get a lot of wear out of it rather than have it hanging in the wardrobe gathering dust. And it’s going to look amazing with some western boots!

Watch this space over the coming weeks for outfit posts and shopping updates on my spring capsule wardrobe for 2018.

(All photos were taken from Pinterest searches)

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  1. 23rd March 2018 / 1:10 pm

    I bet there is loads that you could find second hand for these trends. Also short cowboy boots, why have I never seen these before?!

    • 23rd March 2018 / 1:12 pm

      Aren’t they amazing?! I went out shopping yesterday and captured some of the things I found that fitted with those trends – I’ve saved them onto my stories highlights. xx

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