The Outfit Solution for Outdoor Socialising

Isn't it typical that the weather turned chilly just as we can start to meet up for a drink or meal outside! It even snowed here on the first morning of the new regulations. But that doesn't stop us hardy Brits does it? The answer is one we are used to with our changeable British weather; layering.

Thin layers work much better than one thick one and can be taken off as the temperature rises. Start with a pretty lace trimmed vest, camisole or fine knit, next add a shirt and depending how cold it is a sweater, then finish with a colourful poncho. Stylish but without the bulk.

Here is an example for a relaxed coffee meeting.

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Poncho // Necklace // Shirt // Top // Trousers // Shoes // Bag // Bag Strap //

Here are some more options for cosy Ponchos


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Spring Jeans Outfits

After many months of comfortable joggers and stretch waists, I know many of you are itching to get back into your jeans. Even I, not a huge fan of jeans, have a couple of pairs that will be getting an airing over the next few months.

So what to wear with them? Well they are perfect for outdoor coffees and lunches, worn with layers depending on the weather. But you might also want to wear them on a relaxed evening out too. I've created three outfits with a pair of relaxed Boyfriend jeans to give you some ideas.

Casual Jeans Outfit

First an option for wearing to meet a friend in the park for coffee and cake or a picnic lunch. Paired with comfortable espadrilles and a jacket in case it's a little cool. I have added a basket to carry a blanket and your picnic.


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Jeans (all outfits) // Jacket use MARIA15 at the checkout for 15% off // Top // Basket // Espadrilles //

Luxe Investment Jeans Outfit

Add a couple of seasonal trends for a more dressy...

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Spring Jumpsuit Outfit Ideas

A neutral jumpsuit is a great option for Spring and this one will offer you great cost per wear. I've styled it 3 ways but I've only scratched the surface for the multiple ways you can wear it.


Throw on a Kimono jacket and a pair of espadrilles, then finish with a basket bag and necklace.

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Kimono // Necklace // Bag // Espadrilles //

Add a warmer layer with a pretty pastel knit and a bright necklace.

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Sweater // Necklace // Bag // Espadrilles //

Add a touch of animal print - never out of style.

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Jacket // Bag // Sandals //

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Add a chunky cardigan and a pair of loafers or layer a Breton underneath and pair with trainers.

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Wardrobe Essentials - Neutral Cardigan

This week I have been thinking about wardrobe essentials. First, I added a new Spring Basics Capsule to the Capsule wardrobe Club and secondly, this week's YouTube video is all about Spring Essentials.

One of the items I think is really useful is a neutral cardigan. In my wardrobe this is a hip length, soft white belted style I have had for a few years and as you can see below, wear a lot.

There are lots of options available at all price points - see below. Choose one that will be a good investment for you, as it is an item that will get a lot of wear. Obviously being a light colour it will also be more high maintenance than a dark colour, so don't choose a hand wash option if you hate hand washing!

Think too about how you want to wear it. There are casual and more dressy options. This one below, for example could easily be worn for evening or a smarter occasion because of its pretty scalloped edge.


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Wide Leg Jeans Styled 3 Ways

If you've never tried wide leg jeans, here is your opportunity as they are on trend this season. I love a pair with a wide flare as they have great leg lengthening properties. This pair in a dark wash can be made smart casual with a pretty blouse, but for this group of outfits I've gone for 3 very different looks.

Parisian Chic

What says Parisian chic more than a Chanel style jacket and a pair of ballet pumps? This jacket is a knit, making it more relaxed and the pretty blue also has a nod to the season's pastel trend. Ballet pumps are back, an alternative to the trainers we've been living in, but still a comfortable option.

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Knit jacket // Jeans // Ballet pumps //

70's Vibe

If like me, you were a fan of Charlie's Angels and particular Farrah Fawcett, this might be the option for you. A feminine blouse, wide leg jeans and a pair of wedges teamed with Aviators and the long flicked hair that lockdown has blessed us with!

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Invest In A Spring Suit

As we finally head out of lockdown and into Spring a suit might be on your shopping list. This one caught my eye for a couple of reasons.

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Jacket // Trousers //

First, it's a neutral colour which means you can wear it with other neutrals, on trend pastels or some of the gorgeous brights around now. Secondly it has a relaxed modern shape. The jacket is gently shaped to show off, or give the illusion of a waist and the trousers are a smart casual tailored crop.

It will dress up for the less formal office, down for casual days and the pieces can be split and worn independently.


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Top // Necklace // Bag // Shoes //


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Split The Pieces

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Orange top // Jeans // Bag // Sandals //

Shirt // Tote // Sandals //

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Versatile Spring Jacket With Great Cost Per Wear

Spring jackets come in lots of shapes, but the blazer is a classic and this one in a gorgeous Rose Pink is more versatile than you might think.

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A blazer is a wardrobe staple and starting with a neutral colour like navy or camel will pay benefits. Once you have your neutrals covered though, adding an accent colour will expand your wardrobe. You might think a blazer isn't an essential item at the moment, after all we've been stuck at home for so long! But this little number can be dressed up and down as I have shown below.

This pink works on most of us and can be worn with both warm and cool tones. I've paired it with soft olive chinos for a casual meet up with friends (roll on Monday!)

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T-shirt // Chinos // Bag // Espadrilles

Then with a smarter pair of trousers - perhaps for lunch out later.

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Top // Trousers // Bag // Shoes //

Finally for later still when events are back on it works...

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Casual Spring Outfit Ideas

This week's YouTube video is a subset of my Spring Capsule Wardrobe. I've pulled out 7 pieces and created 18 outfits. I wanted to show you how you can create lots of options in your wardrobe, even with a small number of items. It's simply a case of choosing the pieces carefully.

I've used one pair of neutral jeans and the pretty floral skirt for the bottom pieces. For the tops I've chosen a sleeveless silk camisole which can be a little dressy, a short sleeve T-shirt and a long sleeve t-shirt style top. Then I've added 2 cardigans, a lightweight waterfall style and a chunkier cotton knit.

For accessories I've just used one pair of trainers, a scarf and a couple of necklaces.

The Pieces


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Alternative orange cardigan // Blue cardigan // Cream camisole // Skirt // Blue top // Orange top // Jeans // Trainers //

The Outfits

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Designer Capsule Wardrobe On A Budget

if you are thinking about investing in some new pieces for your wardrobe and have a favourite designer, you might want to check out The Outnet. Now especially, because they have some fantastic stock at the moment. With many designers collections not having sold well over the last year, you might find the exact piece you were lusting over last season but at a huge discount.

I thought I would give you an example with one of my favourite brands, Vince. While I love the brand, I don't buy often because even though the pieces are beautiful, they have a high price point. But at the moment the Outnet has 4 pages of Vince pieces and many are half price or less. In fact this gorgeous green skirt (which is perfect for this season's pastels trend) is 70% off and the brown silk blend trousers are 53% off!

I've put together a mini capsule wardrobe of Vince pieces and added a pair of Nicholas Kirkwood shoes and a Chloe bag, both also heavily reduced. This is a capsule that looks "this...

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Spring Floral Dress Outfit Ideas

The key to buying a dress - especially at the moment - is finding one that is versatile. One that can be dressed up or down and worn different ways.

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Dress // Cardigan // Trainers //

As florals are big this season, this one caught my eye. What I love about it is the variety of colours in the print; there are so many that you can pull out to use for finishing the outfit. I have used the blue, pink and cream, but will also wear it with yellow.

Made from lightweight Lenzing Ecovera the dress complies with the stringent sustainability requirements laid down by the EU Ecolabel. So if sustainability is important to you, you can rest assured that both the fabric and production process meet high environmental standards.

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Similar sweater // Bag // Similar shoes //

Lenzing is derived from renewable wood sources, making it a natural fibre which is easy to care for, being machine washable at 30 degrees. Plus it's incredibly...

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