So Christmas and New year are only just over, I’m still trying to get rid of those pesky bits of glitter, having Christmas biscuits with my tea, and finding random bits of wrapping paper everywhere but I think it’s high time to start thinking of my Spring/Summer essentials list. I’m shopping for Spring/Summer together because we don’t tend to have a big difference in the two seasons here in Northern Ireland, and usually Spring is the warmer of the two seasons with our best weather the past few years generally being in April or May so there’s not a big difference in spring and summer clothes really.
I have blogged before about the fact that I don’t have a wish list as such, it’s more of a shopping list. After trawling all my favourite blogs, catching up on magazines and scrolling through Pinterest I have a good idea of the pieces I’m after for S/S. I then have a look in my wardrobe just to see what would work well with what I already have in there. After doing a major wardrobe cull over the Christmas holidays I can safely say I have separated the wheat from the chaff. The chaff is currently sitting in a black bin bag ready for the charity shop, which I hope will end up being some one else's wheat if you know what I mean.
So back to my S/S essentials list, the items I feel I simply must have are as follows.
The number one item for SS has to be Boyfriend jeans, now these don’t need much of an explanation really as you would have to have been in hibernation over the past few months not to have noticed these popping up on almost every fashion blog and magazine. The reason I don’t already have a pair is that I cannot get the fit and colour that I’m looking for. I’m notoriously picky when it comes to jeans, and I’ve spoke before about how I imagine an item of clothing and then go on a (usually unsuccessful) hunt for it. So with this in mind my boyfriend jeans have to have the following criteria, mid blue, slim fit, distressed with holes, whiskering and/or shading, not too baggy around the bum and no MC hammer saggy crotch thing going on. I have this pair en route from Mango so I’m hoping they will fit the bill.
Another thing I need is a denim shirt. Denim shirts are so damn versatile you can throw them on with almost anything, except jeans in a similar shade- that’s a double denim no no in my book. I already have a denim shirt but it’s more of a boyfriend one and I want a nice slim fit one that I can wear with skirts.
A pair of nude slipper flats are also on the list as my Topshop ballet flat’s aren’t really up to much, they’re almost identical to actual ballet slippers so don’t offer a lot of support or comfort. I like these Topshop ones but they do look a bit flimsy so I'm going to have to see them in the flesh.
I've wanted a mustard skirt for ages, pencil, skater or bodycon will do. I have a real thing for the colour mustard but it’s not that easy to find, so I’m hoping to come across one over the next few months. Here's Lilly from Lily's style in her mustard one.
I also really need to stock up on casual t-shirts too, in all the usual colours, I have a cream one ordered from ASOS but I need Khaki, black and grey also. w
I have a pair of grey Topshop baxters which I practically lived in when I was pregnant as they have quite a bit of stretch in them, but they’re just to big now so I really want to replace them with a smaller size but I think I’m probably only going to find them on ebay as I want the exact same ones as I had before and I probably originally bought them about three years ago. Here's the same ones, they're a lovely soft grey.
These are the essential pieces so anything else I spy over the next coming months is a bonus really. I have tried to change the way I shop recently and tend to buy things that slot into my wardrobe now rather than just random items of clothing. When I see something I want to buy I try to come up with a couple of things it will go with in my wardrobe and think where I’ll wear it before I actually buy it now.