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How to dress for spring if you don’t like florals

Remember when in The Devil Wears Prada, Miranda Priestley deadpans, “Florals? For spring? Ground-breaking.”? As much as I love real flowers, regular readers will know that I’m not sartorially floral.  When I’m in floral prints I feel like I am wearing someone else’s clothes.  So, besides florals, what is quintessentially spring to me?  The sky.  The welcome sunshine along with that particular shade of cerulean blue that we haven’t seen since the end of last summer.  Here is a photo snapped with my phone  a few days ago.  These tones of blue whisper to me ‘Winter is over.’ And also, ‘Get ready for sweat, sandals, and bad hair days.’

Blue sky and clouds

Inspired by the sky, I pulled this several-years-old Michael Kors dress out of my closet.  I love it because of its exact shade of blue.  Sticking with my sky theme, I wore it with a cloud-white leather trench coat and nearly every other blue accessory that I own!

Sky blue dress and white coat

Since glitter is a neutral in my world, I wore multicoloured glitter heels (which I also wore in my last post).  They get so much use that I really wish I had bought two pairs of them.

Blue house, pink blossom

London is heaving with blossom at the moment.  The first time I visited London I was in my twenties. It was April, and I remember being so taken with the flowering trees, the cheerful window boxes overflowing with flowers, and the parks full of colourful blooms.  It certainly made a change from concrete New York!  I mean, just look at this dappled pastel section of the street and my neighbour’s gorgeous blue house.

London sky blue house

This bag is a recent (£12) ebay score.  I love an oversized clutch, and I can’t find ANY in stores.  I wasted spent a few hours going from store to store to look for one, and all I could find were smallish evening clutches in silver or gold, presumably for the upcoming wedding season.  I’m was thrilled with this one that I bought it in a few other colours as well.

Last but certainly not least is THE NECKLACE.  I’ve been wearing it on repeat since I got it, as my local friends know well!  It goes beautifully with jeans and a blouse (what I’m wearing it with right this minute), with a cocktail dress, with a sweater, or with a simple shift dress like the one  in this post.  It is a magnet for compliments; I get stopped and asked about it everywhere I go.  I call it the blue waterfall necklace, and I’m quite liking how nicely it goes with my spring sky themed outfit!  If you need one too, I have just a few available in my Sequinist Shop.

Blue waterfall necklace

Dress: Michael Kors (past season)
White leather trench coat: Burberry (past season)
Multi-glitter heels: J Crew (past season)
Sunglasses: RayBan
Clutch: Ebay
Necklace: Sequinist Shop

Linking to: notdeadyetstyle, notdressedaslamb, honestmum, fashionshouldbefun

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  • Reply
    Mithra Ballesteros
    April 9, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    When I was last in Europe, the stunning variety of trench-coats had me salivating. Definitely the “it” coat. And yours, in white leather? Against that Easter Egg blue wall? It’s like Columbo meets The Avengers. So fab. All you need now is a fashion crime to investigate.

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      April 9, 2017 at 9:30 PM

      Ohhhhh, I’m for sure keeping my eyes peeled for fashion crimes to investigate now, Mithra! The Europeans do love a good trench… trying to style out the often rubbish weather, I s’pose. xx

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    April 9, 2017 at 3:53 PM

    This trench is leather? Oh be still my heart!
    You’re absolutely right about floral outfits being everywhere right now so it’s such a breath of fresh air to see this stunning Spring ensemble sans flora 😉 Beautiful styling my friend & btw in case you haven’t heard, your necklace is awesome…

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      April 9, 2017 at 9:28 PM

      Thank you, Michelle! I rather like the necklace myself 🙂 xx

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    No Fear of Fashion
    April 9, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    I used to have a trench in off-white leather… so good. You have a spring colour and if it gets dirty, you can wipe it clean. Very handy. Unfortunately I burst out of it. Although I don’t think I have gained weight. The fat must have chosen different places to settle… sigh.
    Of course you look nothing but stunning in the coat, the dres, the shoes and of course the necklace. Instead of a floral dress you let the necklace get all the attention. Very pretty.

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      April 9, 2017 at 9:27 PM

      I rarely wear this coat; I don’t know why, I think I assume that I’ll ruin it with a pen or a lipstick or something! Thank you for your kinds words, Greetje xx

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    April 9, 2017 at 9:32 PM

    I just love how you have jewelry and sunglasses to complement your every outfit Lisa! You amaze me every time! And the leather trench – OMG! Looking stunning! ❤️ xx Abby

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      April 10, 2017 at 8:53 PM

      Accessories make the world go ’round, non?! Thank you, my love! xx

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    Samantha Blair
    April 9, 2017 at 9:34 PM

    Ooooo…your photos are a delight Lisa!
    So fresh and full of spring-like optimism and joy.
    You look beautiful (as always) polished, elegant and super-modern.

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      April 10, 2017 at 8:52 PM

      Thank you, Samantha. That is so nice to hear, especially coming from you! xx

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    Anna Jeanine
    April 9, 2017 at 10:14 PM

    That necklace is amazing!! I love your outfit, too. It does look like all that’s good about spring! ~Jeanine

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      April 10, 2017 at 8:51 PM

      Oh, I’m so pleased you like the necklace too! I adore it. Thank you, Jeanine! xx

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    April 9, 2017 at 11:29 PM

    What a gorgeous Spring outfit (love that trench) amid the most beautiful blossoms! Thanks for linking up xo


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      April 10, 2017 at 8:50 PM

      Thank you, Patti! xx

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    Nancy Baten
    April 10, 2017 at 7:31 AM

    A leather cloud white trench? Sooooo cool! I could not say it any better then Mithra above!

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      April 10, 2017 at 8:50 PM

      Hahaha, thanks Nancy! Yes, our Mithra really has a way with words, doesn’t she?! xx

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    April 10, 2017 at 7:42 AM

    I love the delicacy and elegance of this proposal! The blue of the dress is lovely, and looks really nice with the wonderful necklace. A delicate, soft and elegant look. The photos are cute.

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      April 10, 2017 at 8:49 PM

      Thank you, Josep-Maria. I’m so glad you approve! xx

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    Suzy Turner
    April 10, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    I’m in love with this outfit, Lisa! The colours are absolutely divine, you look gorgeous. And the photos, well they’re just stunning! Talk about beautiful. You really do live in a beautiful street, especially at the time of year. Such stunning blossom!
    Suzy xx

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      April 10, 2017 at 8:48 PM

      Thank you, lovely Miss Suzy! The street is amazing at this time of year, isn’t it? It is my favourite time of year to walk the dog… blossom on every corner… xx

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    Gail Hanlon
    April 10, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    Great to see a non-florals spring look — the accessories are fab and the necklace to die for. I didn’t know you had a shop, some highly desirable pieces!

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      April 10, 2017 at 8:47 PM

      Thank you, Gail! The shop is JUST starting. I’ve not had an official ‘launch’ yet, but I shall once I get a few more pieces uploaded on to it. I’m only putting things on there that I adore or own and wear myself. I’m so pleased you like it! xx

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    April 10, 2017 at 7:29 PM

    Hi Lisa, I am one of those floral girls, but I certainly can appreciate a beautiful sky blue dress. Love the jewels as well.i have been gradually adding more blue hues to my closet.
    Jess xx

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      April 10, 2017 at 8:45 PM

      Thanks, Jess! Yes, you are a floral girl for sure. They’re lovely on you, but wrong on me. xx

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    April 10, 2017 at 7:43 PM

    Love your pretty blue dress with matching clutch bag – cute detail. The photo setting is ever so pretty too!

    Yvonne xx

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      April 10, 2017 at 8:44 PM

      Thanks so much, Yvonne! xx

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    Joana at Mind The Mummy
    April 13, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Love this and feel exactly the same about florals! I love them to death but they either take me back to when I was 6 or make me feel old beyond my years. I’m sure there is a floral out there for me, we’ve just never been properly introduced :). Your blue sky dress and cloud white trench are the perfect homage to the gorgeous blue skies of spring and the magical blossoms dotting trees right now. I also gravitate towards pastel pinks and blush shades, as well as bright yellows with khaki greens and splashes of orange to channel the warmth. It carries me all through summer. #brilliantblogposts

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      April 14, 2017 at 8:59 AM

      We clearly have the exact same view of florals! 🙂 I’m so looking forward to more colour in my wardrobe for spring and summer. xx

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    Stella Asteria
    April 14, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Such an amazing look and dress! This light blue color looks so royal on you my dear! And how amazing is this necklace? I am so glad to have met you and seen you wearing this fabulous necklace in pink shades! Fantastic taste and styling! I would never expect anything less from you! And I forgot to say that you look even more gorgeous and classy live than the pictures! Hope to see you again soon! Now I’ll go through your shop section! 😉

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    April 15, 2017 at 11:33 AM

    Great inspiration, I’m into my florals, but sky blue makes a welcome change, gorg necklace.x Fabulous shots too! Jacqui

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      April 17, 2017 at 9:57 AM

      Thanks so much, Jacqui! xx

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    May 4, 2017 at 12:07 AM

    I love your alternative ideas for dressing for Spring if you don’t want to wear florals. Bright colors are always a cool way to incorporate some wow into your wardrobe for Spring. I need to experiment with colors a bit more! You always do color too well.

    Rina Samantha

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      May 4, 2017 at 9:00 AM

      Thank you, Rina! I’m glad you like all the colour! I love the colourful embroidery on you in your recent post. xx

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    Anna Parkes
    May 8, 2017 at 8:29 PM

    The blue and white look is inspiring Lisa – fresh and full of promise. Your styling is spot on as usual, and yes, that necklace does look so very tempting…

    Anna x

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      May 9, 2017 at 7:56 AM

      Thank you, Anna! Glad you like it all, especially the necklace 😀 xx

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