5 Pieces a Top Stylist Recommends Investing In for Spring 2021

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As one of Australia’s leading celebrity stylists (in 2015, she was the official stylist for Rachel Zoe and her team when they visited in Australia), as well as a fashion icon in her own right, Lana Wilkinson knows fashion.

Her Instagram is a well-curated explosion of colours and trends, all worn with Wilkinson’s signature I-just-woke-up-and-threw-this-on ease. And, despite the trendiness, all outfits that would still look hip even five years from now.

With that said, Wilkinson makes for the perfect person to advise on what pieces we should be investing in for spring. Because while we’re all for a good trend, we’re also big on sustainability and want to ensure what we’re buying will stand the test of time. And with Afterpay Day on now (August 19th-22nd), seeing e-tailers offering up to 70% off, now is the perfect time to shop.

Wrap-Around Sandals

A spring wardrobe must-have is a classic wraparound sandal. This season will see the rise of the ankle tie, whether this is in a heel or a comfortable flat for the daytime. The style is great because it can be paired with anything from a midi dress to denim, so you can get great cost per wear from the style and reach for it for many years to come.

Button-Down Shirt

As the sun comes out and the layers come off, we’ll be seeing the comeback of the button-down shirt. While this piece has always been a must-have in every stylish girl’s wardrobe, we’ve seen it produced for the warmer months in an oversized silhouette, breathable fabrics and bright hues such as green and chilli red. For a quick and easy warm weather look, pair this item with matching-coloured shorts, and style your shirt open with a ribbed tank and dainty jewellery.

Brightly-Coloured Dress

The one thing that is sure to boost not only your mood, but that of those around you, is a brightly-coloured summer dress. We saw no shortage of bold shades of orange, green and pink on the Afterpay Australian Fashion Week runways. Whether you’re working from home or have an evening event to go to, a standout dress is an easy way to feel polished with limited time on your hands. Don’t be afraid to seek out your inner maximalist and go all out with this trend.

Straight-Leg Jeans

A straight leg pair of jeans is the ultimate piece for versatility when curating your spring essentials. Whether you’re pairing them with a t-shirt and jeans, or with an oversized shirt, blazer and heels, jeans are an item that will stay in style forever. It’s important to invest in good quality pair of denim, as they’ll not only have a better fit, but they’ll also last you longer. If your budget doesn’t allow that, you could try tailoring them so that you end up with a pair that’s flattering and comfortable through many seasons to come.

Crew Neck Jumper

As comfort is now a huge priority for most people, a crew neck jumper is a great transitional piece that will allow you to stay warm, comfortable and chic all at the same time. Look to buy a jumper in a neutral hue to ensure that it will stand the test of time. And, to elevate your next off-duty look, try styling it with a trench coat and pair of well-fitted denim.

So, with all that in mind, ahead we share five pieces for spring we’re currently eyeing:

Jac Cadeaux Crew Neck Sweatshirt, $110

Cotton On Swing Beach Shirt, $27.99 (on sale)

Swing beach shirt

Levi’s Ribcage Straight Ankle Jeans, $149.95

Levis Ribcage Ankle Jeans

Dazie Endless Sun Floral Midi Dress, $89.95

AERE Ankle Tie Leather Sandals, $49.50 (on sale)

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