Ways to wear: Spring suiting

Jenessa Williams

Spring dressing…not yet warm enough to shed a coat, but bright enough that you can’t quite shift the desire to unleash the more cheerful items from your wardrobe. The answer is simple—the humble suit

A symbol of power, strength and productivity, the suit is something that can look wonderfully feminine and professional at the same time.

Powder-coloured blazers and tailored trousers are huge on the high street this season, but there’s also something just as chic about a well-cut jumpsuit or checked coat that works just as well in the office as it does on a day out.

 

Tweedy green

One of the coveted hues of the season, a gentle sea green looks wonderful against

warm complexions. Topshop’s suit is an affordable option at £49 for the jacket and £30 for the trouser, with a flattering kick flare cut.

Fluffy heels add a sense of girly fun (Kurt Geiger, £49) as does a novelty print bag from designer favourites, Loewe (£1412)

While this outfit looks great on it’s own, there’s something about an elegantly draped coat that brings it to new, high fashion heights. Our coat of choice is from Karen Millen (£35)—a delicate check with yellow woven through, it’s the perfect investment to take you from season to season.

 

Fresh and clean

An all-white outfit may not be for the faint-hearted (and certainly not for a dinner date), but there is no denying that it is the best way to show off a spring/summer tan.

Miss Selfridge’s version is a great buy at £42, with well-proportioned culottes legs and v-neck that will suit most body types.

Paired with white trainers (£50, Superga), delicate clutch bag (£24, Next) and bracelet (£225, Monica Vinader), it’s a look that would work very well on holiday, teamed with a low maintenance hair-do, held in place with bumble & bumble’s invisible oil (£32). 

 

Tonal layering

Spring can still be chilly, so it’s worth knowing how to layer effectively without ruining your silhouette. To mix thing up a little, choose your suit in slightly varying tones—our trousers (£150) and jacket (£235) are both from Reiss but taken from different collections.

A cable knit underneath (£52, Maison Scotch) will add warmth and versatility in changeable temperatures, cinched in with a belt (£12, River Island) to keep things streamlined.

To temper all that brown, it’s time to add pops of colour via your accessories.

Zara have some great scarves this season for around £7.99, which contrast wonderfully against our chosen white bag (£15.99, New Look) and sporty trainers (£59.99, Nike).

 

Preppy weekender

Almost every wardrobe has a tweed coat of some style stuck at the back, but it doesn’t have to be reserved for formal occasions. Paired with dark jeans (£40, Topshop), an oversized check jacket looks effortless, especially in a flattering thigh-skimming length like our Hobbs choice (£155).

Black, innocuous accessories allow the check to draw the eye, so keep the rest of your outfit simple. Black loafers (£50 Clarks) are comfortable and smart, and work well with an unfussy belt (£12.99, H&M) and sunglasses (£20). Your one indulgence should be a watch—we love Vivienne’s Westwood touch of old-time glamour ( £170).

 

Red to toe

For a real statement, there is nothing quite as striking as an entire outfit all in one colour. Red is the Crayola tone of the season, and looks great in the form of a double-breasted blazer (£49.50, Marks & Spencer) and skinny trousers (£37, French Connection), tucked snugly into sensibly heeled boots (£25, Topshop).

Complete the look with a playful red box bag (£1780, Mark Cross), and lots of gold jewellery—this look definitely isn’t subtle.

ASOS have great chunky bracelet and ring packs, starting at just £8. Finally, keep the sun at bay with a wide brimmed hat. The soft taupe felt of our pick (£17.99 H&M) is just enough contrast to keep that red from taking over.