Minty madness

Pastels are everywhere right now, however I can’t seem to quite get my head around wearing baby blue and powder pink – it feels a bit twee.

(Berenice Bejo in a mint green gown at the 2012 Oscars)

However, the one Spring shade I have taken to is mint. Since Berenice Bejo stepped out in a beautifully jewelled mint gown at the Oscars, it’s been taking over my wardrobe rapidly. Mint is beautiful, mint is elegant and fresh and mint is the go-to trans-seasonal colour! Here are a few beauties I’ve spied. Enjoy!

(Koko soft leather ballet pumps, Topshop, £40)

(Lace dress, Zara, £49.99)

(Leather Pippa bag in Mint, Modalu, £195)

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You need boucle in your life!

(Brocade Uma Jacket by Iro, My-Wardrobe.com, £600)

You what? Yes, you heard me, you need Boucle! Boucle is a French word meaning “to curl.” It describes a type of yarn, usually three-ply, having one thread looser, which produces a fine, bumpy texture. The Boucle jacket is boxy in shape with a variable collar type from nothing to high-neck to biker. So far so good?

The look is traditionally associated with brands such as Chanel or Maxmara. It is classically elegant, but (if done incorrectly) can look really mumsy. However, the boucle jacket is BIG right now and everyone from H&M right up to the big brand names has a version of the jacket.

(Navy boucle biker jacket, Dorothy Perkins, £49)

I think they look great with really casual, simple separates – let the jacket do the talking and you can’t go far wrong. Great items to pair with this would be a neutral-tone vest, blouse or a contrast cami – i.e. match your top to the trim of the jacket and it will bring out the accent nicely. Some well-tailored trousers / jeans and killer heels complete the look.

I was in love with the Lanvin one, but surprisingly enough, I don’t have £2400 to spend so have settled for this Zara alternative – they have loads this season! Also, check out ASOS and John Lewis for some more pocket-friendly solutions.

(Cream zip blazer, Zara, £69.99)

Putty is the colour

(See by Chloe April bag £345, My-Wardrobe.com)

It may be snowing outside, but the shops are full of new season brights and pastels which are designed to get you spending and revitalising your wardrobe after a cash-strapped January.

However, I don’t know about you, but I can’t see myself popping out in the freezing cold in a pair of powder blue jeans right now. Instead, I will be working all things putty-coloured.

It may not sound glamorous, but putty is a subtle natural-beige colour which works with everything! From Anya Hindmarch’s Huxley clutch, to Topshop’s skinny grunge studded belt, there’s something for every budget. Pair it with your dark wardrobe staples now and pastels come spring – the perfect trans-seasonal shade.

I have fallen head-over-heels for this Zara leather jacket which fits the bill perfectly from my point of view. Race you to the tills!

(Leather jacket £149, Zara)