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How to Look Infinitely Chicer Each Spring Without Spending Any Money

Maxine Eggenberger
·5-min read

It might be chilly and dark in the morning, but we find ourselves less enamoured with the thought of wearing sweatpants and hoodies—at least, not on a daily basis. So in an attempt to reignite our fashion fires, we've started thinking up all the ways we can start making our outfits feel more springlike and, in turn, more joyful. Of course, there's our big shakedown of the S/S 21 trends where you can mull over for high-fashion inspiration, but we're aware that, before such advanced outfit stages, a few practical, minor tweaks can be made so you feel up to speed.

From the achievable level of bare-leg exposure (we don't think anyone is ready for full thigh in this weather) to the simple coat switch you can employ for instant warmer-weather power, we've worked out the nine easy moves a girl can make to shift into gear right now. Many of these swaps include pieces you'll have languishing at the back of your wardrobe. Just in case, I've added a few shopping options, but feel free to peruse your own rails for the easiest updates.

Keep reading to see what you should put on hold until next winter and what you should wear right now instead.

Store Away: Winter Hats

Start Wearing: Hair Accessories

Style Notes: Nothing says "new season" quite like a small accessorising update or two. Headbands have replaced warmer headgear as the fashion set's top outfit topper, with velvet- and satin-padded styles proving to be the leaders of the pretty pack.

Style Notes: This year's statement earrings are basically hair clips—the more barrettes the better.

Shop the switch:

The Uniform Velvet Padded Headband (£40)

Prada Acetate Clip (£225)

Arket Oversized Organza Scrunchie (£8)

Store Away: Tights

Start Wearing: Long Hemlines and Boots

Style Notes: If waving goodbye to 60 deniers seems daunting, take a two-step approach to ease in: A below-the-knee skirt or dress and some boots will still feel on the sensible side of spring.

Style Notes: Opt for a belted skirt and boots. This is a combination that can be easily tweaked well into the summer.

Shop the switch:

Rixo Camellia Printed Midi Dress (£158)

Sosandar Burgundy Leather Zip Knee High Boot (£139)

3.1 Phillip Lim Taupe Belted Skirt (£440)

Iris & Ink Gigi Boots (£250)

Store Away: Puffer Coats

Start Wearing: Trench Coats

Style Notes: Wave buh-bye to feather-down outerwear (at least for some of your outings), and instantly upgrade any look into spring territory with the simple swap of a trench coat that's roomy enough to layer under.

Style Notes: Sylvie ensures her trench ensemble looks the epitome of chic by wearing it with black accessories.

Shop the switch:

Monki Classic Trench Coat (£75)

Karen Millen Cotton Trench Coat (£150)

Loulou Studio Pukapuka Trench Coat (£270)

Store Away: Gloomy Colours

Start Wearing: Pastel Hues

Style Notes: One of the boldest spring moves you can make is to wear a single colour from head to toe. We were sceptical about pistachio to begin with, but this is rather beguiling.

Style Notes: Often, pastels are easier to wear in print form. Case in point—Emma's rainbow midi.

Shop the switch:

& Other Stories Linen-Blend Blazer (£95)

Zimmermann Rainbow Stripe Dress (£695)

H&M Slip Skirt (£20)

Store Away: Dark Jeans

Start Wearing: Ecru Denim

Style Notes: With khaki chinos and neutral denim taking up two important sports in the trouser-trend leaderboard this season, we urge you to put indigo jeans aside for a moment and try out something different, like a full-on ecru-and-camel look.

Style Notes: We love how Fia gives her pastel and ecru get-up some edge with black leather footwear.

Shop the switch:

Marks and Spencer Mom High Waisted Jeans With Stretch (£40)

Monki Twisted Seam Jeans (£40)

COS Barrel-Leg Jeans (£69)

Store Away: Chunky Knits

Start Wearing: Second-Skin Tops

Style Notes: If you've already consulted our bi-annual trend report, then you'll know second-skin tops are an essential purchase for 2021. Usually found in mesh or fine jersey, use yours to unlock potent new layering combinations, just like Imani has done so here.

Style Notes: Grece has championed the second-skin top for a few seasons.

Shop the switch:

Monki Printed Stretch-Mesh Top (£20)

H&M Ribbed Turtleneck (£13)

The Row Arzino Rib Knit Jumper (£1180)

Store Away: Black Ankle Boots

Start Wearing: White Footwear

Style Notes: We love black ankle boots—we really do. But when you've been wearing them day in and day out, it's nice to know that some exhilarating options do exist in the footwear world. Swapping in fresh, white shoes and boots will instantly do the trick.

Style Notes: Wear them post-lockdown to any occasion. Trust us—white shoes will see you right.

Shop the switch:

Bottega Veneta Leather Ballet Shoes (£495)

L.K.Bennett Felicity Low Block Heel Leather Court Shoes (£225)

Mint Velvet Amy Leather Pointed Toe Boots (£149)

Store Away: Heavy Leather

Start Wearing: Soft Suede

Style Notes: Bright hues loan themselves well to leather thanks to its muted finish, but there's nothing more timeless than tan or beige.

Style Notes: If tan isn't your thing, make like Hanna and embrace bright hues—how cool are her turquoise suede trousers?

Shop the switch:

Whistles Grace Suede Jacket (£299)

Prada Suede Midi Skirt (£1160)

Reiss Ottie Suede Culottes (£120)

Store Away: Leopard Prints

Start Wearing: Polka Dots

Style Notes: Leopard print will forever be a fashion mainstay, but its muddy colour palette often feels wintry. What better excuse do you need to reinstate polka dots into your daily wares?

Style Notes: Polka dots are a huge trend for spring/summer, particularly when they're set against bold hues.

Shop the switch:

Zara Polka Dot Jumpsuit (£30)

Johanna Ortiz Ecru Polka Dot Satin Blouse (£520)

Rodarte Belted Polka Dot Pleat Skirt (£1080)

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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