Dare to be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent this spring

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Spring has fi­nally sprung, the clocks have gone for­ward (we’ve lost an hour) but we have of­fi­cially gained some ex­tra day­light shop­ping hours.

This month I de­cided to look for some al­ter­na­tive looks for the spring time, away from the typ­i­cal girlie looks.

As I hunted through some of the lo­cal high street shops in Glas­gow what I found was re­ally in­ter­est­ing, lots of dif­fer­ent de­signs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s mixed up to­gether to make more cur­rent styles.

From denim jack­ets to leather trousers, our favourite shops in­clud­ing New Look, River Is­land and Pri­mark have re­ally raised their game with the more risqué and al­ter­na­tive styles.

My first pick is a clas­sic, the tar­tan shirt. Tar­tan is well known to be a tra­di­tional Scot­tish gar­ment but in the re­cent years it has be­come one of the fash­ion world’s big­gest and best pat­terns to use on cloth­ing. You can find these shirts in all dif­fer­ent colours and styles in most fash­ion re­tail­ers.

Pri­mark is a per­sonal favourite of mine for the tar­tan shirt and very af­ford­able. I matched this shirt with a 1980s in­spired fit­ted leather mini skirt and black tights. You can also find leather look leg­gings and trousers which are mak­ing a big come back this sea­son.

This look is fab­u­lous dressed up or dressed down. Pop on some heels and chunky cos­tume jewellery for a night out see­ing your favourite band or just head­ing down to the pub with the girls, or grab a pair of con­verse base­ball boots for a com­fort­able chilled out day look.

If you’re more of a girlie girl but still look­ing for a lit­tle edge to your style why not try a chif­fon pleated midi skirt? In­spired from the 1970s, on model, Juli­ette, I chose a Gothic black mesh de­sign from New Look.

A lot of the new styles of dresses and skirts this year are made from a chif­fon ma­te­rial or have a mesh over­lay which is a great light ma­te­rial for when the good weather kicks in this sum­mer. They also give more con­fi­dence to peo­ple who don’t en­joy show­ing off their legs as much with­out the need for wear­ing tights.

This out­fit has been paired with an off-the-shoul­der cord ef­fect top (also from New Look), an edgy pair of chunky buck­led an­kle boots, which you will find in most shoe re­tail­ers. These boots have been pop­u­lar for a cou­ple of years now and are great for peo­ple who don’t en­joy walk­ing

Clas­sic The tar­tan shirt, mod­elled by Kim­berely Rus­sell, is now one of the fash­ion world’s big­gest and best pat­terns

Skirt­ing the is­sue Juli­ette Ton­ner mod­els the chif­fon pleated midi skirt, which brings an edge to a more tra­di­tional, fem­i­nine look

Spring has sprung Mod­els Kim­berely Rus­sell and Juli­ette Ton­ner are ready for spring

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