INTERVIEW: 9 quick and easy ways to update your spring wardrobe

Finally – spring is here. Hooray. So it’s time to think about ditching the heavy jackets and woollen jumpers, and brightening up your look for the warmer months ahead. For some inspiration on how to update our spring wardrobes, we turned to Sam La Porte – a vivacious personal wardrobe consultant/stylist in Hawthorn.

As part of her job, Sam spends her days sifting through the clothing racks in a vast array of stores, from designer boutiques through to high street fashion outlets, searching for ideal pieces for her diverse clients. She’s well aware of the trends coming from the northern hemisphere, and as a result, she had no problem answering all of our fashion questions, plus more.

However, she was quick to point out that the most important element in your style toolbox should be ‘fit’ – if your clothes don’t fit your shape properly, then it doesn’t matter whether you’re on trend or not. In Sam’s words, “fit trumps colour, trumps fabric, trumps fashion”. It’s vital that your clothes fit, and are cut in such a way that flatters your shape. So if you need direction in this area, get in touch with Sam. Her mission is to empower her clients to feel like the best version of themselves, every day, by guiding them to make better decisions when they’re out shopping – regardless of their shape, size or budget.

Sam advising one of her clients - Winner of the Mrs Australia title

Sam advising one of her clients -
Winner of the Mrs Australia title

Before we delve into the new season’s trends, it’s worth noting that there should be some key staple pieces in your wardrobe that never go out of fashion. Well-cut black, white, navy, grey and denim items are your foundation pieces. If you’re looking for a new ‘go-to’ place for your stylish, timeless basics, then Sam recommends Swedish brand Cos. With only one Melbourne outlet, located in The Strand, you won’t see their pieces everywhere. What’s more, their mid-market prices are reasonable.

Use these classic items as your basic building blocks, and then inject your seasonal accent colours to make these foundation pieces work harder.  Some people think they simply can’t wear bright colours, but think again – anyone can wear any colour, says Sam. It just depends on where you wear it. Perhaps yellow doesn’t look good against your face, but you could incorporate this detail in a shoe or accessory. 

So let’s get down to business. If you’re keen to update your wardrobe this spring/summer, here are some key items that won’t break the bank:

1. One easy way to update your wardrobe this season is with a scarf that picks up the key colours of the season, which include:

  • dove grey
  • oceanic blue
  • fiery coral red/paprika
  • peaches/rose pink/magenta
  • iced coffee/creamy mocha tan
  • candy apple green
  • traditional autumnal colours such as olive green and mustard
  • buttercup yellow - brighter, richer yellow

2. Sandals or shoes in a colour that complements your scarf. Sandals are huge this season, and there’s a great range of coloured footwear available. You’ll notice tassels on shoes, as well as cut out details, too. Updating your footwear is a more economical option than investing in a whole ‘on trend’ outfit.
 

3. Expose your shoulders with items such as off-the-shoulder tops and dresses. Cut out detail on the shoulders is also big, and is an easier way to show some skin, as it also allows you to wear a bra.


4. Accessorise with a bold statement necklace in some key spring colours, or alternatively, choose a more delicate look with layers of fine jewellery, especially in rose gold hues.

5. Bring a feminine touch with a pop of Japanese-inspired floral. This could be as simple as a new clutch bag with a floral print, or you could embrace this trend more boldly with an item of clothing. 

6. Skirts are more popular than shorts this season – think floaty, romantic and feminine. Save money and combine two trends in one, with a floral print skirt. While we’re talking about prints, it’s worth mentioning that clashing prints can work brilliantly, so long as there is some unifying feature between the two colours or patterns.

7. Invest in a bomber jacket. You’ll see quite a variety of colours and styles in stores: either classic black; or key spring colours such as peaches and olive greens; or with patterns; and/or with metallic or embroidered embellishments.


8. This season’s t-shirts are more structured, with a definite shoulder line. Many are in finer fabrics that have a little movement. Sam talked about a new popular neckline, which is a combination of a deep-V neck, but with a scoop rather than pointy V – consequently Sam has coined the label ‘the voop-neck’! Visit Swoon in Auburn Village for some beautiful, organic cotton, voop-style t-shirts, by the label KowTow.

9. For casual wear, find yourself some trainers with a higher, thicker sole. Often they’ll also feature rose gold embellishments - but it's worth noting that texture, as well as colour, is trending this season, and all white is big. The key to wearing trainers, or any shoe, is to keep them clean, just as they were when you took them out of the box.

Finally, we were excited to hear from Sam about a relatively new luxe streetwear brand, named Kit and Ace. Established by the former lead designer of Canadian brand Lululemon Athletica and her stepson, Kit and Ace uses similar breathable, stretch fabrics, but with a broader range of everyday pieces – not limited to exercise wear. This brand is best known for its use of machine-washable cashmere items – perfect for those cooler spring days, and ideal for travelling. Visit their Melbourne stores in Greville Street, Prahran, and Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. 

So there you have it – you’re all set for spring. If you’d like more fashion inspiration, follow Sam on instagram @style.union, or to discuss your own individual requirements, contact Sam at samantha@styleunion.com.au