Written by Emma D'Arcy
Warmer days and the arrival of new collections has us moving forward with a Spring outlook.
The days are getting longer, buds are appearing everywhere, and the sunnier, warmer spring season is around the corner. It’s the perfect time of year to revitalise your outlook – from the traditional spring clean of your wardrobe to adding a touch of culture to kick-start your calendar plans.
With the longer days and daffodils everywhere, it’s hard not to feel good as spring arrives. Getting outside to enjoy nature – walks, hikes, and all kinds of outdoor adventures become a far more enjoyable possibility at this time of year. Everyone emerges from their winter hibernation ready to embrace fun, getting together again and planning sociable activities. I have enjoyed meeting friends for long walks followed by leisurely dinners at venues with live music, and a varied selection of brilliant movies. Recent screenings at my Oxfordshire escape to Soho Farmhouse includes the captivating Oscar-nominated Japanese movie ‘Drive My Car’ and the fascinating story of the inspirational tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams and their father Matthew in ‘King Richard’.
For a boost of cultural inspiration, check out what’s happening in your region that takes your fancy. There is plenty going on from immersive theatrical experiences and events (a night living the life of your favourite characters in Bridgerton or the Great Gatsby is currently open in London) to a whole calendar of festivals to suit all tastes. In the UK the headline act of Sir Paul McCartney at Glastonbury this year is going to be quite a moment after the iconic festival has been cancelled for the last two years. Exhibitions, theatre performances, live music – take your pick! It’s all available for us to enjoy again. Getting dates in for fun activities and experiences gives you plenty to look forward to and a variety of ways to enjoy memorable times with friends.
Fashion week recently sashayed into our Instagram feeds and every fashion media outlet with the latest trends from London, New York, Paris and Milan, providing plenty of inspiration for that spring wardrobe overhaul. Advice from a fashion guru colleague I used to work with at a national newspaper included reviewing your wardrobe every six months, and to be brutal with yourself. Anything not worn for the last year goes to the charity shop. Whilst I haven’t managed an entire overhaul every six months, the benefit of moving around as much as I have is that it necessitated making a decision about what I really loved, then I built a wardrobe around it. I remember moving to New York with two suitcases to my name. So I took the timeless essentials, then brought everyday pieces to compliment my classic capsule wardrobe as the seasons changed. Ever since then, I have always stuck to this advice about that spring overhaul – banishing the weighty chunky knits to the back of the wardrobe and rediscovering the lighter silk shirts and jackets I haven’t seen for a while!
Now that we can, spend time downtime planning, and enjoy checking out workshops, new experiences and discovering new hobbies with friends, in order to make the most of time together that we haven’t been able to fully embrace for some time. With the best of intentions it’s been a challenge keeping up with everyone whilst further apart day-to-day, so these ideas to spring clean, revitalize and renew our outlook prepare us to be ready for some fun and excitement in our lives!