Leaping forward into Spring

So spring has finally sprung. Even if the sun isn’t quite blazing, when it does rear it’s pleasant head you can actually feel the warmth for the first time in months. Added to which the days are getting longer and the hazy scent of summer eves spent in beer gardens hangs in the air. Plus this Sunday is the day the clocks go forward marking the official start of British summertime. Begone winter, we welcome you spring!

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With this is mind today’s post is quite a summery affair. I recently acquired a new pair of trainers and have been loath to remove them since. In fact only my obsession with keeping them looking brand spanking new has stopped me wearing them daily. I have been wanting a pair of white trainers for quite some time and have been debating the various merits of the Adidas Stan Smiths (a bit too ubiquitous), the Superstars (a very close contender) or a new pair of classic Converse All Stars (a wardrobe staple).

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Then I was thrown a curve ball in the form of Lacoste’s new SS15 collection and I fell in love. With the clean lines of a tennis shoe, discreet branding and super soft leather (comfy to wear from day one) these Carnaby Evo’s will carry me through shopping days, weekend brunches and meetings alike. And aside from the stunning minimalist design, what I actually love most is that they are slightly cream rather than pure white, which adds to their chic retro quality.

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Carnaby Evo, £84.99, Lacoste available at Office.co.uk

Like a missing jigsaw piece they fully integrate into my current wardrobe and pull together some of my favourite clothes. Also did I mention how super soft and comfy they are? Here is how I plan to style them this month:

Weekend brunch: Dress, Topshop; Earrings, Claire’s; Necklace, Whistles; Oversized clutch, Primark; Jumper, Mango; Trainers, £84.99, Lacoste

Meeting with clients: Sleeveless Ponte jacket, £42, Topshop (available now); Necklace, Whistles; Polka-dot shirt, New Look; Boyfriend jeans, Nobody; Trainers, £84.99, Lacoste

A stroll in the park: Boyfriend jeans, Nobody; Jumper, Gap; Polka-dot shirt, New Look; Trainers, £84.99, Lacoste; Purse, homemade gift; Necklace, Primark

Feel inspired? Then check out the full Spring Summer Lacoste range available now at http://www.lacoste.com. Unfortunately for those of you with delicate feet these trainers are from the men’s collection (sizes range from UK 7-12) but there are very similar women’s options available.

For other items featured on this page head to http://www.topshop.com, http://www.newlook.com, http://www.primark.com, http://www.mango.com, http://www.gap.co.uk and http://www.claires.co.uk

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Adidas Originals by Mary Katrantzou

Another week, another hotly anticipated designer collaboration. Just last Friday I was salivating over the impeccable Alexander Wang x H&M collection, only for another incredibly exciting launch to pop into my mailbox. This time the Queen of Prints, and London Fashion Week favourite, Mary Katrantzou turns her Midas touch to a range of sportswear for Adidas Originals. And where last week’s post featured predominantly monochrome garments, this one is positively bursting with colour.

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Expect digi-prints inspired by track shoes of the 70s & 80s translated onto fitted neoprene dresses, a fab oversized bomber and some seriously tough trainers (you wouldn’t want to encounter a pair of these in a kick-boxing class).

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I am a huge fan of Katrantzou and love a bit of Adidas Originals, so this is a dream combo for me. And don’t expect these pieces to be limited to sports events. With designs this strong they’ll be as prevalent on a night out as in your local gym. Let the countdown to 15th November begin…

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Images courtesy of Adidas Originals.

Adidas Originals by Mary Katrantzou launches on 15th November 2014. http://www.adidas.co.uk