5 ways to add spring style to your wardrobe

Arlene Costello


Arlene Costello



5 ways to add spring style to your wardrobe

5 ways to add spring style to your wardrobe

We have teamed up with local fashion and lifestyle blogger Arlene Costello from The Style Flamingos to bring Offaly Express readers the latest from the world of style every week.

Even though it’s still very cold outside and despite the fact we even had snow this week in the midlands, I am still dreaming of my spring fashion!

I love the softer and lighter colour palettes that we start to see in stores for the new season ahead! It’s nice to see an end to wearing the darker tones and bring out the brighter side of our style.

You can use pieces that you already have in your wardrobe to freshen up any look and today I am going to show you five ways to get that ‘spring’ into your step!

1. Add a pop of colour

Adding a splash of colour to your outfit will instantly lift it and brighten up those dark and drab days. Although the weather isn’t exactly sun dress appropriate, we can transition our wardrobes simply by playing with colour!

So on Sunday, in true blogger style, I wanted to photograph my outfit of the day so I stepped outside to capture my white backdrop!

I just added a mustard jacket to a darker animal print skirt and it just makes the outfit look a lot more cheerful.

I was just heading for dinner in the car but if I had to brave this cold weather I would add a cosy polo neck and a nice big scarf and maybe tights too.

2. Wear more animal print

Animal print is everywhere for SS19 fashion – it is almost like a new neutral! You can wear it in your coats, shoes, handbags, dresses or skirts. If you want to stay on trend this season, get yourself some animal print! 

Honestly, there is nothing quite like these prints to make a bold fashion statement and really brighten that outfit of the day.
I adore this green leopard print jumpsuit – just had to take a selfie in the dressing room!

This is such a statement look and perfect for a nice night out or any spring occasion.

3. Put a ‘spring’ into your accessories

Add a colourful handbag or bright shoes to give that added dimension to your look! Accessories can really brighten up an otherwise dark or monochromatic look! Add orange or red to your polka dots and just watch your style come to life! Maybe add some bright coloured jewellery to make your look pop! The statement earring is huge this season! Or take some style inspo from the ever chic Victoria Beckham adding her bright bold colour Hermes handbag to an otherwise neutral-toned outfit!

4. A statement print headband

Why not get involved with the headband trend and liven up a plain or basic colour outfit with a lift in your hair accessories? How stunning does Kate Middleton look in her green velvet headband – it just instantly makes her whole look more perfect!

Perhaps try a block colour if you are nervous about the trend at first and for those of you who are braver, why not add a statement print to your hair band or head scarf?

I love this chain print one – it really gives me such Versace vibes!

5. Wearing a neutral palette

A few weeks ago I published my article on the 50 Shades of beige trend and asked the question ‘is beige the new black?!’

Honestly, I think the answer is ‘yes’ especially when it comes to this transitional period in fashion. We can see more beige, creams and other earthy tones popping into our wardrobes! It’s such a beautiful colour palette – so elegant and fresh!
So what better way to bring your clothes to life this season by adding some classic neutral tones to your style!

White is a stunning colour – one which looks perfect in high summer and when the sun makes more of an appearance. Cream or beige is a better option for this in-between time before the sun greets us! It looks stunning on a drab March day or on that perfect spring day just like the first day of the month where the sun shone and everyone’s spirits were up! Stay timeless, on trend and transitional with some earth tones in your coat, your footwear and even in your denim!

To find out more info on where all of the pieces are from and to see me styling more spring looks why not come and follow me on my Instagram @thestyleflamingos.

Stay tuned for next week’s article – I hope to include some interior styling tips – just to change it up a little!