Each season I develop something of a style uniform: as well as my staple, seasonless vintage dresses, a combination of separates that is simple, effortless and versatile is key to everyday dressing. Although I’m never going to sustain a capsule wardrobe in a true sense – collecting clothes seems to be one of my hobbies after all – over the last few years I have honed a set of seasonally evolving style combinations. Usually these looks revolve around one key item: in Winter my fail-safe uniform was a pleated skirt of some description (velvet, sparkly, metallic, colourful…) and usually a jumper by day or dressier blouse for evening. In recent weeks my go-to Spring item of clothing has definitely been these classic navy corduroy dungarees from Laura Ashley.
They look different whatever you pair them with – whether a knitted polo neck on cooler days or a Breton top when the sun is shining. They’re the perfect blank canvas making anything look put together: I wore them in this post with a vintage Laura Ashley pie-crust blouse (plus thermal top underneath). On Spring days off you’ll often find me wearing a variation of the uniform pictured here: dungarees plus vintage shirt (usually floral – I am a creature of habit after all) plus staple Cambridge satchel (more about my latest addition to the satchel family here) plus ankle boots. Depending on the weather there’s a little more or a little less layering; on this occasion my faux leather jacket was just out of sight. Straightforward fashion maths works every time and makes daily dressing decisions that bit easier: sometimes I think I’m talking myself into a capsule wardrobe – but then my magpie instincts kick in again…
What’s your Spring uniform?
What I’m wearing: vintage Liberty blouse, dungarees c/o Laura Ashley, satchel c/o the Cambridge Satchel Company, vintage accessories, boots c/o Boden.