Monday marks the first official day of spring. You might have lost an hour’s sleep springing forward into summertime, but there’s no need to be bleary eyed… The March equinox is an occasion for celebrating new beginnings! From making your own Easter eggs to pre-summer shopping, follow our seven-point checklist for a season of style success.
1. Spring-clean your mind and body
Ditch the duvet and get prepared for longer days and fewer layers! The cold weather may have called for comfort eating and cosy nights in with Netflix, but now it’s time to embrace the outdoors and veg out (literally) on seasonal produce. Cucumber, celery, grapefruit, strawberries, pineapple… all perfect for picnics and good fuel for your brain and body.
2. Don’t be an April fool
It’s not just about dodging practical jokes on 1st April – fake news stories should also be avoided. Wise words can be found in inspirational books, like Woman’s Hour or Ariel Levy’s The Rules Do Not Apply (if you like Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, you’ll love this), while Anna Pitoniak’s debut The Futures is a real page-turner for the literary millennial.
3. Plant some flower power
Traditionally we look out for daffodils and tulips as the first signs of spring, and nothing signals a fresh start better than new blooms. You don’t have to have green fingers to embrace the floral mood – introduce plant-inspired prints into your wardrobe for that breath-of-fresh-air feeling.
4. Pick up some pink
On the subject of flowers… Japan’s cherry blossoms are probably the most iconic of the season. Expected to appear in late March, the country takes viewing – and picnicking beneath – the pink and white petals very seriously. In honour of these sacred trees, add pastel colours to your style agenda, from nude nails to soft-shade denim.
5. Make your own Easter eggs
The 16th April is a day dedicated to chocolate! And while we’re excited by the news of giant Kinder eggs, this year we’re trying our hand at homemade eggs. You ladle melted chocolate into a mould, allow time to set, before putting the halves together and leaving in the fridge for one to two hours. Some recipes even substitute a store-bought mould for a balloon!
6. Book in your spring break
Labor Day, May Day, Primero de Mayo – whatever you call the public holiday, grab your backpack and go on a long-weekend getaway! You could celebrate the founding of Rome, hit a King’s Day street party in Amsterdam, or be like Britney and organise a road trip with your best friends. Fancy heading further afield? Start planning your summer beach trip – our new bikinis are now in.
7. Shop for your summer essentials
Skirts and sunglasses and sliders! Oh my! Temperature’s are rising and the new-season collections are ready to shop, so why wait to add some sunshine to your wardrobe? Still, let’s be practical: pre-empt April showers with one of our classic spring cover-ups, come rain or shine.