Spring Shopping List

Lisa Tant picks her spring wardrobe essentials

Photo by Anthea Simms
Photo by Anthea Simms
Photo by Anthea Simms
Photo by Anthea Simms
Photo by Anthea Simms
Photo by Anthea Simms

I always draw up my seasonal must-have list early. Thanks to the advance research I do at fashion week, I know exactly what my wardrobe needs. I can often scoop up some end of season buys knowing that with a handful of accessories, the look will keep going strong for another six months. Here are the pieces that I’m coveting for spring:

One of my favourite pieces was the graphic striped jacket at Givenchy. I’ve got my eye on something similar at Pink Tartan. If a jacket isn’t your thing, pick up a couple of boat neck striped tees or tunics. It’s a classic Jean Paul Gaultier look that works with jeans and minis.

Military jacket
I love the work day / weekend appeal of a military jacket. I’m not talking about a bandleader jacket like last year’s Balmain blockbuster hits but more of a safari jacket like the ones shown at Marc Jacobs, Chloe and Gaultier. I found a great cotton design at Gap earlier this month for $88. I’ll replace the fabric belt with a woven leather number to upgrade the look.

Quirky accessories
I love accessories—a great necklace, conversational heels, and a knockout bag is my favourite way to kick up a look. This season, I loved the playful street-inspired looks at Louis Vuitton. I’ll pass on the lamb-fur tasseled clogs but will definitely pick up one of the satchels.

Lingerie lace
A sliver of lace is the perfect way to soften an office look. I love love love Stella McCartney’s simple sleeveless lace tops. Plus, I liked the new crop of fuss-free ruffles. Might sound like an oxymoron but the simple stacked pleats at Givenchy and Giambattista Valli looked fresh and womanly, not too girly.

It’s about time that I welcomed some prints into my mainly solid coloured closet. I’m not a flowery person but I loved the lush florals at Dolce & Gabbana and Erdem. Alexander McQueen’s computer generated prints for his nature-themed show were stunning, too.

For all of the season’s quirky fantasy looks, I was enthralled at the Celine show. Phoebe Philo’s debut dished up lots of pieces that will slip perfectly into my work wardrobe. What I really want is a simple leather t-shirt in a salty caramel shade. Perfection!

Check out our full spring runway report in the February issue of FLARE.

In the meantime, you can follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/lisatant

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