Spring 2014 Fashion Must Haves

Spring is finally here, though Glasgow weather does not exactly hint to that right now. I am hopeful though and as soon as I shake off this horrid cold I will spend more time outdoors, come rain or shine, I promise. So while nursing the cold on the sofa, I put together a guide to spring 2014 fashion must haves to inspire you in choosing colourful, ethnic fashion when picking your outfits. There is a world of folklore out there you can pick from and I would suggest looking for authentic pieces as well as high street as well as designer label ones to pick the best pieces. I tried to choose items that are indeed in fashion, but I believe will stay in fashion for quite some time so you will keep going back to them, not only wear them for one season. I do not believe fast cheap fashion is sustainable and we do have to consider that if we still want a planet to live on in the future. You might not consider that when making a fashion conscious purchase, but read this article on climate change and you might think differently.

So, well, anyways, not all is doom and gloom, now that I mentioned sustainability and the future of our planet, we just have to be more picky with our buying, right, we can do that?! Otherwise, I only have colourful news, as my selection is full of happy embroidery and colourful patterns for a lively style.

I built my set around a few staple pieces:

Scroll down to check all the items with links of where you can actually buy them and do not forget to check folklorique shop for new promotions and offers!

– the spring coat: I picked two beautiful coats – the designer version from ETRO – stunning but pricey as well as a high street one from Monsoon at a more accessible price level.

– the embroidered top (picked a very expensive one from Altuzarra that looks way too much like a traditional one with the embroidered pattern it’s got going on, a Mango one for an affordable version and also a simple cotton t-shirt for your most casual, relaxed days but do consider going for an authentic one instead),

– the full midi skirt (one in black from Yumi with a perforated pattern at the bottom and another one from Roksanda Ilincic that is just too colourful to resist) which is very trendy right now and I absolutely love it as it is so flirty and suitable for most body types;

– the slouchy jeans (from 7 for all Mankind) – again a good item to have in your wardrobe, you could potentially opt for chinos or jersey, but jeans are always good to have.

7 For All Mankind at ShopStyle

The dress:

The shoes:

I added a nice shift dress from Phase Eight for your business meetings and a few accessories –  the leather tote, the silk scarf, the porcelain jewellery for an infusion of personality and that’s it, easy peasy! Oh, and I must mention the shoes, especially the Laurence Dacade embroidered boots which are admittedly a bit out there, but I just couldn’t resist due to the embroidery and buckle combo – just wear them with a toned down outfit and you will be fine!