Ten clothing items you absolutely need to buy this spring : It’s March! Which also means it’s spring! An as much as this is the season for clearing out the detritus of winter and getting rid of things that don’t spark joy blah, blah, blah, it’s also, in my humble opinion, a time to usher in the new, the fresh and the energising – and that applies as much to the stuff in your wardrobe as it does to all the other crap in your house.
The reality is that we all need to be buying less, and when we do buy, we need to be buying better, which is why, to help you do just that this spring, I’ve put together my ultimate Spring/Summer 2020 shopping list.
1. The vegan leather overshirt
Hungarian brand Nanushka not only has an excellent contemporary-cum-folksy aesthetic, but it’s also fully vegan, which is great news for both the environment and for your conscience. Even better? You’ll never believe it’s not leather. Wear with a white cellular vest and the jeans below.
2. The flared jeans
Arguably the most talked-about item from the SS20 runways, Hedi Slimane’s new jeans for Celine have never made the 1970s-style flare shape look more desirable (or wearable) than ever before. Get your order in now before they’re gone and be sure to keep them in your wardrobe until the 1970s trend comes around again, and again, etc.
3. The tennis shoes
The terrible reign of the fugly dad trainer is officially at the end and for SS20 it’s all about a low-profile, high-style tennis shoe. But not any tennis shoe, oh, no. These corded bad boys from Gucci will have a place in your wardrobe for the rest of the game, the set and the match.
4. The party pants
Cult French shirting brand Equipment has recently unveiled its genderless line of safari shirts and cigarette pants, the best of which are these foamy mint-green pair finished with flattering single pleats. Wear them for summers to come (until you get bored of the colour and dye them navy blue).
5. The sultry slippers
Summer isn’t summer without a louche slipper or two. Enter Bottega Veneta’s beautifully handwoven espadrille-style slippers, which play neatly into creative director Daniel Lee’s ultra-tactile aesthetic for the brand, without looking silly. Team them with the party pants and silk shirt referenced above and, well, party.
6. The teeny-tiny bag
The truth of the matter is that we really don’t need to carry very much around these days. Some AirPods, perhaps, a house key, maybe a card or two and, of course, a phone. It’s a point German luggage brand Lutz Morris, which uses entirely sustainable processes in the production of its leather goods, has honed in on with this, the Norman cross-body bag.
7. The classic but contemporary coat
Stefano Pilati, the pioneering designer with previous at Yves Saint Laurent and Ermenegildo Zegna, is well known for pushing the creative envelope. No less for his work at his new-brand label Random Identities, where excellently designed fashion with an edge can be bought for a song. Case in point: this field jacket, which costs less than a night in a middling hotel (and we know which we’d rather spend our money on).
8. The preppy jacket
Husbands, the French tailoring brand with a Parisian hunting club-meets-English prep school in the mind of Woody Allen bent, is not only an excellent choice for fairly priced work suits, but its range of tweed jackets have a brilliantly snooty air all of their own (and, perhaps most importantly, a snooty air that fits neatly with this season’s ultra-preppy mood).
9. The silk shirt
Super-stylist Alister Mackie (perhaps best known for his work with Kim Jones at Louis Vuitton and for his creative direction of Another Man Magazine) has this month unveiled a unique line in printed silk shirts. Some come finished with pussy bows, most come finished with extravagant patterns, and all are ideal for making a statement not only this summer, but for as long as the silk holds up at the dry cleaners.
10. The all-day, erryday suit
A very stylish friend of mine, Robin Mellery-Pratt, turned me on to Dutch brand Bonne Amsterdam’s easy-wearing workwear-style suits. Available in a rainbow of shades and designed to fit most frames (though long lean ones will fare best), the suits are also affordable enough for you to give a few a taste.