Spring is teasing me. There have been a few delicious moments where the temperatures have peaked in the double digits and I do not need any more encouragement than that to dig the basket bag out and brave the open toes.
I feel like spring brings with her an optimism, perhaps this year even more so, and a willingness to delve into the depths of my wardrobe to dig out those long lost whites and anything with a hint of straw (oh yes, the straw hat has indeed already made an appearance). Accessories can really pull a basic look into a certain season so I have pulled together three of my favourites for the new season and found some options to hopefully suit any budget…
THE BASKET BAG
A lifelong classic – can you even imagine a year when the basket bag would not be chic? I have had mine for a looong time and I still reach for her as soon as that spring sun starts shining. The Chloe is the ultimate dream of course but, I will be honest here and say, I am not sure dropping that kind of money on a basket is a good investment – the nature of straw means it is not as durable as a leather bag would be. The Lily & Bean option seems, to me, like the smart option and the gold initial monogramming is the clincher. I could not find one identical to mine but was delighted when this guy popped up because fifty quid for a basket bag with genuine leather trim is a great find.
THE LEATHER WRAP BELT
Ok, yes, I have given three options but in my mind there is one clear winner here. I have not had this wrap belt off since it arrived. For reference, the sizing is quite different to that of the Marant version – I have the small in the Mango one with plenty leather ‘tail’ left over but I believe the Marant Lecce belt is a considerably neater fit.
For me, this is an ultimate wardrobe staple and if you are in the market for some styling ideas I just shared this ‘Knot belt – 7 ways’ video.
Not usually one to blow my own trumpet but I may have been ahead of the curve here because I have had my clog sandals waiting in the wings since last summer… and now they are big news. A far cry from the white wooden soled clogs I clopped around in twenty years ago, my current choice are Fitflop so super cushioned and comfy. I am honestly considering a closed toe pair to wear with socks or would that be a step too far?
In other news, I am so happy to have MrK make a brief return to the screen here. Whilst he is enjoying a slower pace of life these days, he is a happy ol’ boy and, as we happened to snap these images mid dog walk, he indulged me.
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