Spring Capsule Wardrobe 2017 – The Off-Duty Edit

You can read my Spring Capsule Wardrobe 2017 Update and how I put together my shopping list for these

pieces here.

L to R / T to B:

Gap Mid Rise Deconstructed Vintage Straight Jeans
Être Cécile Flamingo Breton Stripe T Shirt
Whistles Très Bon Embroidered T Shirt
Monki Ruffle Fire Engine Red Sweater
Nike Air Max 90 Trainers in Oatmeal
Marks & Spencer Leather Block Heel Ankle Boots (now half price, £39 in the sale!)

I’m so happy to add this little collection of pieces into my wardrobe. The Gap Jeans remind me a lot of the Levi 501s that I used to wear in the 90s. They’re really comfortable to wear around the house (no need to immediately change into comfies the moment I cross the threshold) but also look chic with these M&S ankle boots. The wooden block heel and charcoal coloured leather give them a little something extra for Spring rather than a plain black ankle boot. They come up quite high on the ankle so they look great with cropped jeans and the heel is low so they’re comfy enough to wear for the whole day. Beauty is definitely not pain these days.

I invested in two fairly pricey T shirts, which ended up both being Breton stripes but I don’t think you can go wrong with stripes. There were about 10 designs that I loved from Être Cécile but after much deliberation I went for this Flamingo design is it’s so damn cute, I love it. As soon as I saw the the Whistles T-shirt on one of their emails I knew I had to have it (well played Whistles). It’s gloriously soft and comfortable to wear and the dipped hem at the back makes it really flattering. Both of these T-shirts make me feel so good wearing them, even though they’re just basic cotton T-shirts.

I’m chuffed to have this new pair of Nike Air Max’s. I’m not ashamed to say I wear a pair at least 50% of the time. I’ve lived in my black and purple ones for absolutely ages and they’re looking a bit battered now. I think these oatmeal ones are fab for Spring and the mock croc texture on them definitely makes them feel like fashion trainers not gym trainers. I’d forgotten how bouncy a new pair of trainers feels.

The fabulous red ruffle sweater from Monki was a slight impulse purchase if I’m honest. I love Monki and own a lot of their clothes but I usually order online because until recently there’s not been a store where I live. So I decided to have a little browse around the new Bristol store and my eye was really drawn to it. It’s not a colour I would ordinarily go for but I’ve been more and more open to reds recently.

Ruffles are very on-trend right now and as a rule I try to stay away from very trendy pieces. There’s a lot of crazy ruffles around that don’t do anything for me whatsoever so it’s a trend that I’d completely written off. However these ruffles aren’t overly exaggerated and just give this sweater a little bit of a feminine touch that works so well with the bold colour. Paired with the oatmeal trainers and the Gap jeans you’ve got yourself a really cool casual outfit that’s got a little bit of something-something. With skinny jeans, boots and a monochrome silk scarf you’ve got yourself an effortless work outfit. When the even warmer summer weather rolls around I can see this working with a denim skirt for those chillier mornings before the sun warms up.

In my next post, I’ll be going through my acquisitions for more “on-duty” occasions – work wear and going out.


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