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Red's Editor-in-Chief on what to buy now for spring

sarah tomczak picks
Red's Editor-in-Chief on what to buy nowHearst Owned

It just takes a hint of spring for me to start thing about the new season fashion. It's not really about buying tons of new things anymore, but more the key style updates and new brands to know that will make everything else feel fresh again. I feel like I know my style inside out, which means I've built a good capsule wardrobe over the years and now it's just a few tweaks, a bit of styling things differently and a considered purchase here and there.

I start about now with new sunglasses, which might seem like wishful thinking, but buy them early and you can increase their cost-per-wear, plus for now, they'll make winter knits feel cooler too. This pair from Stella McCartney feels very on trend and I haven't got anything similar already, so they're very tempting.

Sometimes it's about adding a different iteration of a favourite. I love this Hush cape because it would do a similar job to a trench, but feels a bit more sporty. Ditto this John Lewis trench in a new shade of khaki, which would bring some fresh energy to my coat collection.

Jean shapes are forever changing, but after trying and failing to get into the more low slung slouchy fit, I've made peace with the fact that a higher waist is still – and will always be – my happy place. A pair with patch pockets on the front, like these from M&S, gives enough of an update, without reinventing the wheel.

Finally, a few key accessory purchases can also give everything a bit of a lift, until the weather is guaranteed. Top of my list are two tone loafers, a white bag, like this beauty from the bag brand to know, DeMellier and a chunky gold chain – all with transformative powers. Although I am not sure I will stop thinking about this Toteme dress until it's warm enough to actually wear it...


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The new-look aviators

"This is about the time I start looking for new sunglasses – it only takes a glimmer of spring sunshine to get me in the mood – because I think they're the true cost-per-wear purchase, you can afford to splash out on something a bit more expensive. These aviators from Stella McCartney are top of my wishlist."

The sheer knit top

"It feels simple on first look, but the little sheer stripes really make this a really elevated top, even though the shape is very pared back."

The white bag

"White accessories instantly lift everything else, which is just what I want right about now. Even worn with jeans, a blazer and a rollneck, this bag brings a new season freshness."

The tapered pants

"These chinos feel a bit more considered thanks to their belted waist with pleats at the front. Cropped to the ankle, you could wear them with loafers or trainers, but also heels or sandals come summer."

The two tone loafers

"I've been debating investing in a pair of two tone loafers for a while now. I love how they feel a bit dandy in their design and more masculine than ballet flats. I like the idea of pairing them with polished city shorts and a blazer."

The hooded cape

"Bring on the spring showers! This Hush cape feels so modern and cool. It has a great wide cut, but can also be cinched at the waist for a little more shape. It has a real sports luxe vibe but you could equally wear it over a denim skirt and boots."

The weekend jumpsuit

"An easy weekend buy, that can be layered with a blazer or a denim jacket."

The rope earrings

"If it feels a bit nautical, I'm in, which is which I'm smitten with these knotted rope earrings. Ahoy sailor."

The denim top

"If you've already snapped up a denim shirt, maybe a top like this is next on the list. I really like the idea of the boxy shape with high waisted trousers or a skirt. This actually has a matching denim skirt if you like the idea of a two-piece too..."

The tailored trousers

"I'm in the mood for wider, slouchier trousers this season, with a masculine nod in their cut. This tailored pair from Cos really fit the bill. I'll wear with a slim fit tee to balance the proportions. "

The trench coat

"I've shared this before, but as I love both colourways, I'm now championing this version too. Such a good shade to pair with navy and a neutral in its own right."

The chain link necklace

"As jewellery gets big and bold again, it's time to make some stand out purchases. While the whole 'mob wife' look will never be my thing, I do like the idea of balancing my more pared-back clothes with a few statement pieces."

The designer dress

"I find the simplicity of this dress so appealing. It's jersey, so super comfortable, but the extra gathered fabric in the skirt makes it feel expensive, the pockets are great and the waistband is so flattering. It's the kind of thing you'd reach for year after year so it's top of my list."

The chunky sliders

"Is it too soon to think open toed? As a lovely of a chunky-sock-sandal combo, I don't believe so. Also these are way more substantial than a simple summer sandal so calling for a mild spring day. I am always on the lookout for more structured sliders that add a bit of edge to dresses and skirts and I think these fit the bill."

The canvas tote

"Now I'm officially double-bagging most days (a small cross body for essentials and a bigger tote for laptop etc), this Arket tote is very appealing. Just enough detailing to make it feel styled but also simple enough to work with everything."

The oversize shirt

"Doen is one of my all-time favourite brands and this striped top has won my heart. As with everything Doen does, the cut is cool and timeless, and the fabric is beautiful quality. It's gorgeously oversize so would look great tucked into high waisted jeans, but also worn over a swimsuit."

The patch pocket jeans

"I recently invested in a pair of patch pocket jeans that were significantly more expensive than these - then saw a colleague the next day in this M&S pair, which are amazing dupes. If you're on the look out for new denims, I know who I'd copy..."


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