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I don’t know about you but I am certainly suffering from the January blues. This is such an odd time of year when it’s not quite spring, but we’re so over winter. As well as this affecting our mood and wellbeing, the same feelings can apply to our wardrobes and getting dressed. It’s still pretty chilly out there and we’re not quite ready to embrace our spring wardrobes or the new season clothes, so where does that leave us?
While I offer no miracle cure, but what I can say is why not use your clothes and style to boost your mood and wellbeing, Beat the blues, feel good and look good at the same time. Whether you choose to shop your own wardrobe or treat yourself to a few new or secondhand spring purchases (or both!) that is up to you. What makes each and everyone of us feel and look good is totally individual, so have a think about the colours, styles, silhouettes and outfits, which make you feel good. Then make sure you grab a few minutes to actually think about what you are wearing, rather than just throwing on the same old duds.
If you do need a bit of inspiration, I have detailed five easy ways you can brighten up your wardrobe and hopefully your mood while staying warm, incorporating some of the styles and colours that are going to be in the shops and ‘on trend’ this coming season. ‘On trend’… Hmmmmmm…. I am not a big fan of following trends. For me, the purpose of trends is to help us gain an understanding of the current fashion offering. It is human nature for us to want to fit in and look ‘up to date’, but style, and your unique style is what you do with fashion. Don’t feel you need to overhaul your wardrobe and buy the latest ‘must haves’ every season to be ‘on trend’. Simply use the trends as a guide to help you work out what you like and don’t, and how to put clothes together for an up to date feel.
So what are some of the colours, prints and styles you will see a lot of this spring and how can you include them on the current chilly school run, at the toddler group or when going ‘out out’ on a dark and miserable evening?
FIVE WAYS TO PUT A SPRING IN YOUR STEP BUT STAY WARM
- BEAT THE BLUES. BRING ON THE BRIGHTS AND NEONS
You will see a lot of rainbow brights and neons is the shops this spring and colour is so powerful in affecting your mood. Brights always cheer me up. A statement coat in a bold hue is a great investment at this time of year, as it can just be thrown over your existing and every day outfits and make you feel fabulous. Great for the school run when you have no time to actually get yourself properly dressed or over your evening ensemble to keep you cosy. Bold bright and neon infused jumpers are equally great too. For a subtler feel, why not try a neon or bright cross body bag, belt, earrings or shoes to add a hit of colour.
- CLASH AND LAYER YOUR PRINTS
Keep hold of your animal prints (the wild bunch are sticking around for 2019) and don’t be afraid to wear them with other prints. Spring florals, stripes, geometrics and polka dots, and any prints that take your fancy, can be clashed and layered for a fresh new feel. Layering not only looks great, but it will keep the cold at bay! Bold prints are pretty effective mood boosters too.
- CHOOSE ONE-STEP DRESSING WITH A BOILER SUIT OR JUMPSUIT
As a busy mum, I am all for easy and comfortable dressing and boiler suits and jumpsuits are so simple and an easy choice for effortless cool dressing and can be styled up or down. You just have to shop around for a shape that suits you. There are lots of utilitarian looking pieces cropping up for spring so dig out anything with patch pockets, a cargo-esque feel and loose tailoring for that ‘fashion meets function’ feel.
- THINK ALL THINGS 80S AND GIVE YOUR DENIM AN ACID WASH
The 80s are back (did they really go anywhere?), which is great for us mums with a love of hi rise jeans, slogan tees, big shoulders, a Madonna-style excess and acid-wash denim. Dig out your acid wash denim or go on a charity shop search, as the whitewash look of the 80s will be everywhere for 2019.
- EMBRACE THE CALM OF PASTELS
‘Janxiety’ as it is also known, can be calmed with soft pastels and pretty candy shades. These shades are not just for our children. Adopt a relaxed, fun and carefree feel good fashion approach with spring ready daffodil yellows, candy floss pinks and dolly mixture greens and lilacs.
A Guest Blog from My Stylish Friend, AKA Sophie Jones-Cooper
STYLE WORKSHOP, CHELTENHAM, FEBRUARY 7th…
Sophie will be hosting a style workshop on Thursday February 7th in Cheltenham ‘FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR WARDROBE’, focusing on how to make your current wardrobe work for you, ways to wear it and simple and affordable ways to update it. Sophie will discuss the importance of de-cluttering, how to wear and style what’s in your wardrobe and ways to update it, building up your basics and the key wardrobe essentials, understanding you, your body and your lifestyle and how to boost body confidence and define your unique style, creating outfit formulas and how to shop sustainably and effectively.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to buy tickets.
Sophie Jones-Cooper is a MumBoss, personal stylist and ex-fashion and beauty editor who has worked in the fashion industry for over 10 years for magazines including HELLO!, Cosmopolitan and Time Out. She is also mummy to Leo aged 5 and twins Amelie and Archie aged 2. She is now offering her styling skills to women in Cheltenham and the Cotswolds as My Stylish Friend, helping mums and mums-to-be feel confident and look stylish throughout pregnancy and motherhood. She offers one-on-one personal styling consultations, personal shopping sessions both in stores and online via Pinterest, wardrobe workouts/de cluttering and fun and affordable group styling parties as well as hosting style events, workshops and talks.
If you’d love to hear from Sophie on different fashion related topics then leave a comment below and we’ll see what we can arrange!