Guest Post by Nina May
Among the usual macaron pastels and florals that are so ‘fresh’ for spring (‘fresh’ year after year), it’s nice when something actually new is proposed. This spring, blush is all the rage.
‘Blush’ and ‘rage’ are not obviously connected terms, but perhaps it hints at the shade’s range. Fashion magazines and websites have included everything from stony make-up to old rose in their ‘blush’ round-ups. And while Grown Gals certainly won’t jump on any trend bandwagon, this one is worth noting. Blush is less harsh on the face than white – more flattering and just as versatile.
Once you have found your blush, consider the shape. The style of the moment can be very flattering, even if it takes some experimenting to get it right and hide any areas that have not been toned for a while. Boxy, shortish tops with 3/4 sleeves (for example from & Other Stories in offwhite or black, £40) allow for a blush shirt underneath (also from & Other Stories, which has classic silk shirts for £65), making the look smart enough for the office. Combine this with slightly shorter trousers – depending on your height and body shape, anything from 3/4-length culottes to ankle-grazing peg shapes. Grown Gals highly recommends you don’t buy your trousers online but actually visit one of those retail establishments to try them on. Cos has a wide selection of trousers in an even wider selection of sizes in either rose or its good friends, greenish curry and navy . If you prefer online shopping, try Finery’s high-waisted trousers in rose pink (£49). You could even check out our daughter’s go-to shop American Apparel, which currently stocks some lovely silky ankle grazers with elastic waist in dark rose, which it calls ‘cocoa bean’.
Grown Girls, however, is still a sucker for a skirt. We are in particular enamoured with Stine Goya’s painterly prints (pictured , around £238). The Danish designer has always followed her own nose, and her generous cuts ensure nothing is ever too tight or vulgar. Combine the skirt with a beautiful T-shirt from J Crew’s cheaper label Madewell (pictured , £50.64), and spring will have officially sprung.
As for styling, our new colour friend can give a vintage item a modern quirk (for example, a rosewood pink cardigan from Madewell, £46.36) with your 1970s Gucci-esque secretary dress) or bring a bit of fashion into what the industry has termed ‘athleisurewear’, meaning the pilates stuff you end up wearing all day long (for example, a comfy yoga top in rosequartz from Sweaty Betty, £45).
It being early in the year, one way to embrace the trend is with a transitional coat. Try American Apparel for its lightweight trench (at £100 not bad at all), Cos’ beautiful pale pink coat with detachable lapel (£135), or Samuji for a more luxurious virgin wool coat in peach (around £387).
Finally, blush shoes can pull a look together, in particular the Ancient Greek Sandals that have even been picked up by Barney’s New York (pictured , around £97) or the slippers from Madewell (pictured , £84.14). They will remain current throughout the summer when those macaron pastels and florals make their inevitable come-back.