Stay at home and stay on-trend.
As I laid out today's outfit which consisted of yet another pyjama bottoms and nice top combo, I was met with the harsh realisation that I'm stuck in a WFH dressing rut. And while usually, I relish in the very thought of elasticated waists, I can't help but feel bored. Not bored mentally (I've got Netflix and a newfound obsession with baking for that), but bored with my wardrobe.
Usually, at this time of year, my predictable obsession with floral tent dresses (groundbreaking, I know), strappy sandals, and oversized sunglasses will have settled in for the coming months. And with those seasonal favourites will be a fleet of spring/summer trends that I’ll bravely buy and perhaps master before the first heatwave (wishful thinking).
Yet, here I sit in Lilo and Stitch pyjamas. But as comfy as they are, Spring trends are calling. And there's a psychological reason why it's good to get dressed, even if you'll be in your home office (read: the couch) all day.
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The spring/summer 2020 fashions are, to say the least, varied, vast and very much going to suit your style, whatever that may be. From vibrant leather to the new little black dress, this season's trends are for everybody. But with so much choice and the fact we've got nowhere to go to show off our new season buys - figuring out what to wear can be overwhelming.
The trick here is to embrace the notoriously tricky transitional period and invest in spring/summer trends that will work both now and as soon as we're all allowed back outside again. It's also the perfect time to experiment with what trends will and will not work for you.
Keep on scrolling to see the 9 key trends to take for a test drive ahead of the new season.
what's dot to like?
You likely have a polka dot dress hanging in your wardrobe right now, but this spring is the season to wear it on the daily. We spotted the trend at Marc Jacobs, Dries Van Noten, and Altuzarra, where they all refreshed the classic print in new shapes and sizes.
What better way to master the polka dot trend this spring than in a pair of silk pyjamas? Perfect for lounging about the house in and when this is all over, simply pair the camisole with a blazer and mom jeans and you're ready for a night out-out.
Pyjama Strappy Top And Shorts, €19.99, H&M
From sage to lime, this spring/summer it's easy being green in these pretty hues.
Remember that pyjamas and a nice top outfit formula I was talking about earlier? Well, here you go. This wool-blend ribbed sweater will not only go perfectly with your grey tracksuit bottoms but you'll be on-trend thanks to its pastel hues.
Collared Wool Blend Ribbed Sweater, €69, & Other Stories
SEE MY VEST
When it comes to waistcoats, think Glastonbury, not barbershop quartet - specifically, think Kate Moss at Glastonbury in 2005. Cut tight to the body and worn with micro shorts, billowing shirts and occasionally with nothing underneath at all, a black tailored waistcoat was central to Moss’s Noughties look - and the Saint Laurent spring/summer 2020 version (worn by Kaia Gerber) was a clear throwback.
Okay, so think of this as less of a waistcoat and more of a dressing gown without sleeves. Simply chuck on over your loungewear of choice to make it look like you've made a real effort for your Zoom meeting. Plus, when this is all over – it'll look great paired with a band tee and jeans.
Lapelless Waistcoat, €39.95, Zara
We typically reach for basic black or brown when it comes to leather goods, but Rochas and others are encouraging you to get colourful. Designers offered a rainbow's worth of buttery leather in hot pinks, kelly greens, and more bright ideas.
Under normal circumstances, we would have suggested you opt for a bold leather dress or pencil skirt but let's be real: you're not wearing a leather dress to the sofa. Instead, ditch your slippers for a bright pair of leather loafers.
Leather Square Toe Loafers, €70, M&S
As the Pantone shade of the season is named classic blue, we reckon it's a good opportunity to hark back to old school true blue hues.
At face value, a dress might look and feel fancy — and that's the ultimate con that dress-wearers have pulled. In fact, it's one of the easiest things in the world to wear and requires the least amount of effort. In short: throw it on and go. It's that simple.
Voluminous dress, €119, H&M
Crop tops are no longer cutting it—the bra top has officially entered the party. From crochet iterations at Dior and Giambattista Valli to a more daring sheer number at Loewe, bikini dressing comes in all textures and styles. Just add a high-waisted skirt or layer over a shirt and jeans and you've got the perfect look.
We get it, the very last thing you want to do right now is wear a bra. But, as you work from home longer you may want to get back to normality, get out of your pyjamas for the first time in weeks and get dressed in your WFH outfit. This is yoga bra from & Other Stories has no back strap or underwire meaning you'll be both comfortable and supported. Oh, and it'll also look perfect worn over a shirt.
Yoga Bra, €39, & Other Stories
fair and square
Thanks to the Bottega effect, square shoes are certified as the shape of choice for another season. Sometimes a small wardrobe tweak can make a big difference to your look. Case in point: this season's square-toed shoes, the easy way to take 2019 pieces bang into 2020.
Not only can you wear these around the house without feeling like you've made too much effort, you can also transition the sandals into Summer.
Padded Leather Flat Sandal Shoes, €39.95, Zara
Just Fix IT
Dress for your multi-tasking best in a safari jumpsuit. Pocketed and belted (read: flattering), this is your ultimate do-it-all, work to play staple. Whether you’re pairing it with your on-repeat slippers or dressing it up for a zoom night in. This one has real wardrobe mileage.
Like the older, more understated cousin of last summer's buttoned and printed jumpsuits, the utility boilersuit made its debut at the end of last year and has been going strong ever since. Step in, button-up and go. Simple and comfortable.
Soft Touch Button-Front Utility Jumpsuit, €77, M&S
HOOKED ON CROCHET
Crochet is getting a cool update come spring. Think ultra-feminine dresses, polished suiting, and eveningwear that feels modern with a special touch of Grandma’s handmade crochet. As the fashion industry looks for ways to become more sustainable, there’s something special about a “trend” that embraces a slow, handmade technique that can be passed down generation after generation—à la that treasured family heirloom that lasts forever.
There's a reason your go-to outfit formula is jeans and a jumper: it's comfy. This crotcheted jumper is no exception. Wear it with your finest pyjama bottoms or over a swimsuit when this is finally all over.
Cropped crocheted jumper, €89.99, H&M
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