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Wardrobe mastery; four key looks for spring


OK, so the weather isn't exactly onside, but believe it or not, spring is coming. And with it, the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate your wardrobe. This new season seems a particularly good time to take a long hard look at your wardrobe; not only is spring the season of renewal and growth, but also there is a definite shift in the fashion wind going on right now. Skinnies, wardrobe staple of a generation, are slowly but surely being edged aside by the new silhouettes on the block - crops, culottes, flares and yoga pants (that'll be leggings, to you and me) are all suddenly sharing shelf space with the ever-faithful skinny, and we're seeing a shift in the styles of every 'level' of dressing, from the smartest workwear down to the most relaxed of loungewear.

So, what do you need to add to your wardrobe to make sure that, even if you aren't a slavish follower of fashion, you feel interested in your wardrobe and able to enjoy some new style adventures in 2016? I've put together four key looks based around some of my favourite looks of the moment topped off with a few new season Kettlewell favourites (oh, did I mention? NEW SEASON TIME. Check it all out here).


Look 1: Culottes

Yup, the culotte is back, and it seems to be here to stay for a while. The antithesis of the skinny jean, the culotte changes your proportions in a way that means your longline slouchy tops for pairing with skinnies will look slightly mad (I'm all for leaving the long-baggy-tops-over-culottes-look to the fashion models), but our neat jersey tops and fitted knitwear make the perfect pairing to balance out a more statement and cropped bottom half. Add a pair of ankle boots (switch to wedge sandals when the weather warms up) and you're good to go.

Kettlewell items pictured above:

square 3/4 sleeve in oxford blue

silky roll neck in fuchsia

stripe pleat sleeve tee in royal blue & white


Look 2: The gamine dress

Retro looks are still alive and kicking, and adding a peter pan collared tunic dress will give your outfit the perfect 60s/70s edge without going over the top. If the weather heats up and you're feeling brave, pair our Peta tunic with bare legs and ballet pumps, or play it safer (and warmer) with leggings or skinny trousers and neat ankle boots. Add a silky scoop neck underneath to give a stylishly 70s layered look, or add a cropped cardigan for a more contemporary finish.

Kettlewell items pictured above:

peta tunic dress in dove grey

3/4 length leggings in purple


Look 3: Tube skirts and slouch

I am so excited about the new tube skirt. Dress it up, dress it down, add heels, add trainers. This skirt is genuinely going to take you from work to bar to weekend walk to dashing around after your children, and everything in between. For a very 2016 look, add a chunky sweater half tucked at the front, opaques and ankle boots, and as the weather warms up lose the opaques, swap the sweater for our slouchy Cara tee and add a pair of gladiator sandals (I am a huge fan of K Jacques St Tropez, but Topshop and M&S always do great dupes).

Kettlewell items pictured above:

ruched skirt in antique teal

cara v neck in antique teal


Look 4: loungewear leggings

Yes, my January hero is officially a fashion icon. With the rise and rise of the 'athleisure' industry, wearing clothes that might once have been considered workout wear as casual garments is considered a totally acceptable, nay, desirable, option. If you love the feel of cotton, our long and cropped leggings are perfect for channelling the look, or go for a more technical fabric (try TK Maxx for a range of brands) to really bring your look bang up to date. Keep the look very much 'post yoga class coffee' by adding a slouchy fine knit sweater and long vest and, of course, a great cosy scarf. And top it off with the ultimate comfort-fashion hybrid - a pair of trainers. Leg warmers are also not forbidden, but keep them merino or cashmere and in neutral tones to avoid looking like a Flashdance reject.

Kettlewell items pictured above:

long leggings in mole

cotton cashmere v neck in dark lime

long vest in soft white

merino wrap in forest green marl