There is something about light nights and Spring air that gets you excited for new beginnings, as well as new fashion. With this in mind, I was delighted to be invited along to the #intuMKBlogger event and given the task of hunting down my fashion picks for the Spring season.
Task One: The White Shirt
Let’s rewind back to my previous post: Karen Millen: White Shirt Project, which gave you the heads up on one of this season’s hottest styles: the white shirt. A white shirt is a staple in any wardrobe, though the Karen Millen white shirts are far from boring. With gorgeous feminine cuts, pussy-bows, bell sleeves and ruffles; these shirts will take you from the boardroom to the bar. Classic transitional styling, giving this wardrobe staple a well-needed makeover.
As you can tell from my Karen Millen post, my favourite has to be the pussy bow shirt with the ruffle edging, which I understand is now sold out in the Milton Keynes store. I am not surprised, there were only two left on their white shirt project event launch as the MK team had a phenomenal sales day.
Task Two – Key Styles for SS17
There is one pattern, in particular, that is everywhere this season and it is gingham. It is not surprising it can be seen in all the top fashion retailers at intu MK.
My first stop…Zara.
It has to be said, Zara is one of my favourite shops as their styles are always on point and you can find a style to suit, whether you are after a bargain or a particular item on the high street of a higher quality.
Zara has a variety of gingham items in store from tailored trousers, ruffled tops and dresses with many embossed with floral designs. Transitioning last season’s popular Winter florals into Spring.
My favourite of the gingham collection has to be this beautiful khaki trench coat with detailed gingham lining.
I particularly love their ruffle ra-ra skirt, which has a bit of glam factor to it rather than the country farm girl look normally associated with gingham.
Debenhams have a blue cross sale section, which includes this cut-out shoulder gingham top for the bargain price of £11. A great buy if you want to stay on trend without breaking the bank.
One of my favourite gingham styles has to be these Topshop tailored trousers with ruffle frill ankle detail. Such a feminine style and ideal for day into evening wear, paired with a nice pair of pointy heels.
I adored the baby pink styles in AW16, so I couldn’t be more pleased pink is popular for Spring with the styles taking more of a blush tone this season.
The tie detail sleeves of this Miss Selfridge jacket gives the oversized boyfriend cut added femininity.
Whilst we have had some warm sunny days, there is still a chill in the air. One item of light knitwear I love is this Nine by Savannah Miller jumper found in Debenhams. I love the colour and frill detail across the front. This would look great paired with the gingham frill tailored trousers from Topshop.
Nine by Savannah Miller also have a great selection of blush items ideal to wear for a Spring wedding.
Karen Millen has the Spring wedding outfit with accessories already laid out – taking the stress out of finding your perfect outfit.
The popular winter florals from AW16 have transitioned into spring styling, giving classic shirts including pinstripe added femininity.
Similar to the revamp of the classic white shirts found in Karen Millen, the striped shirts found at intu MK are ideal for work or casual day-to-evening outfits. My favourite picks are found below and I think they would look gorgeous with blue denim – if you want added style pick out some fishnet tights to wear underneath ripped jeans. All of these styles would look stunning with white jeans and such a look makes me feel like I’m in the Med rather than Milton Keynes!
Karen Millen has a fantastic range of striped handbags if you want to keep your outfit simple and let your bag do the talking…
Flower power remains strong with a tropical trend also making an impact this season. Think playsuits, frill off-the-shoulder tops with fruit embossed clothing and accessories.
Talking of perfect accessories, how cute is this pineapple bag from Zara!
Tropical trends make me excited for warm summer nights, festivals and holiday styling.
With this in mind, Miss Selfridge are already there. Your perfect holiday and festival wardrobe awaits you in store…
Task Three: SS17 Accessories
Loafers are this season’s hottest shoes, particularly the slingback styles. Topshop has a black pair that caught my eye.
Miss Selfridge has a metallic pair, which are on offer.
Metallics like blush pinks are another popular trend from last season. These metallic mules are a great pick from Miss Selfridge.
Though, my favourite of the slingback loafers has to be this blush pink pair from H&M.
With the popular 90s styling in AW16, chokers came back in a big way. You may remember the black shoestring chokers from last season? Well, they have blossomed into a variety of spring colours, these pastel beauties are from Topshop and Miss Selfridge.
Task Four: Luscious locks
Jodie pointed out some of the popular Kerastase products before showing me the GHD Curve curling wand she demonstrated at the Karen Millen events.
The salon is beautifully decorated, therefore I may have to pop back to get my hair curled by Jodie as she proved way too popular in Karen Millen!
Thanks so much to intu MK and the brands that contributed to my gorgeous gift bag.
Special mention goes to Erin Lever for her excellent customer service in Miss Selfridge and for picking out some key trend items. I used to work in the Miss Selfridge MK store whilst at uni, it was great to meet Erin and witness her passion for the brand, which made me reminiscent of a younger me.
I hope you found some inspiration from my Spring fashion picks.
Let me know your favourites from the post and your fashion picks this season in the comments box below.
Thanks for reading,