Fashion with Isabel Kelly Column: Spring style ideas to get you out of those jogging bottoms!

Professional stylist and fashion writer Isabel Kelly has joined Celebrate:MK as our new resident fashion columnist. She begins by offering some fashion tips to spring you out of those joggers…

Unless you’ve been heading out of the house to work every day, the lure of those comfortable jogging bottoms is hard to beat.

Practical, stretchy and oh-so good – the elasticated waistband has been a lockdown favourite.

I’m a huge believer in wearing what makes you feel great, whatever that is. But as lockdown starts to ease, and the weather turns to spring, it’s a good opportunity to think about outfit ideas that aren’t loungewear!

Start by using one of your summer dresses and layer this over a pair of jeans or leggings, a vest top and fine knit jumper.

I personally love a shirt dress for its versatility. If you need to, you can lose the fine knit jumper or jeans if things get too warm later – this is an easy look that you can pair with trainers, flats or dress up with heels.

Dancing Leopard shirt dress, £57. You can buy this dress online at www.dancingleopard.co.uk/collections/ dresses/products/dove-dress-in-mono-leopard

It can still be casual but feels more pulled together than jogging bottoms. If you like to wear a chunky jumper, layer this over a summer dress and add a belt to define the waistline.

Oversized blazers work beautifully with this look, rather than a coat, and once again, you can lose the jumper later in the day if it warms up.

If you’re unsure about wearing your dress layered with a jumper, simply use the dress as the layering option instead.

If you have a shirt dress, undo all the buttons and wear this as a longline cardigan over your outfit. It adds interest, a bit of extra warmth, and the longline of the dress is flattering on all body shapes.

Yaa Yaa London earrings, £80. www.yaayaalondon.com/shop-online/ ols/products/yaa-yaa-london-hold-on-rose-quartz-gemstone-statement-earrings-blue

If nothing can tempt you from your loungewear, but you want to feel a bit more glam, then accessories are the perfect way to do this.

A simple white t-shirt is a great canvas for a statement necklace or try a beautiful pair of earrings. I’m a huge fan of statement pieces as they give you maximum impact for little effort!

Isabel Kelly is a stylist and fashion writer. You can follow her on Instagram at @thewardrobeedituk or visit her website at www.thewardrobeedit.uk

This feature was published in the April and May 2021 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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