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Now That’s What We Call Essential!

The third lockdown feels like it has lasted forever and, if you’re anything like us, you’ve been counting down the days for when (so-called) non-essential retail re-opens their doors and welcomes us back with open arms.

Oh, how we have missed the days of browsing the latest fashion collections, perusing the sale racks and just generally indulging in a bit of retail therapy with friends in tow.

Those days are now over as we have jumped the last hurdle, so to get you all excited we have picked our favourite products from the Spring/Summer collections of our beloved non-essential retailers, putting a spring in your step for when you walk through their store doors here at The Spires.

 

Fashion, how we have missed you…

Calling all ladies, 2021 Spring/Summer fashion trends are a breath of fresh air as we plan to ditch the loungewear and embrace life and colour! Occasionwear had no place in 2020, but now it is back with beautiful dresses, full skirts and ruffles.

As event invites start reappearing through our letterboxes and inboxes, this Roman spot print shift dress with fluted cuff detail is perfect for those special occasions. With a slight nod to the monochrome trend, it ticks all the boxes with its floaty silhouette that will move elegantly as you dance the night away.

This season’s hottest colour is pink and, from punchy shades to subtle pastels, there is a pink to suit everyone. Why not inject a pop of colour into your wardrobe through your accessories like this beautiful SP Moments bag made from sustainable leather, and if you’re embracing the pink trend, why not go head-to-toe in this H&M matching power suit for a relaxed and effortlessly cool look.

If pink really isn’t your colour, stick to neutrals such as these cream wedged espadrilles (H&M), which will go with any spring outfit. These versatile summer shoes are perfect to pair with a midi dress or dress them down with jeans, either way, your outfit will scream sophistication.

 

It’s always shorts weather!

Menswear has also had a new lease for life for 2021! Gone are the days of boring sweats and instead it’s hello to chino shorts. These chino shorts from H&M are made from breathable cotton and come in a range of subtle shades.

We particularly love this soft brick pink, a colour flattering to all skin tones – team them with a statement shirt and you’ll be hitting top fashion marks. And behold the bucket hat, a top trend this year as seen on the runways at Vivienne Westwood, Versace and Celine! This relaxed, low-key look will suit all outfits.  If you’re unsure, try the Adidas Originals white bucket hat from JD Sports, a simple design that we’re sure will get you hooked to this on-trend fashion statement.

Want an understated outfit? Try adding these fresh, pastel Air Force 1 trainers (JD Sports) and H&M blue tinted sunglasses, an essential for everyday life. Who said you can’t barbeque and look good at the same time!

 

Time to escape!

Another relatable trend for Spring/Summer this year is ‘escapism’. We may not be able to jet to faraway destinations just yet, but this doesn’t mean our wardrobe has to be sacrificed. H&M has created a great capsule range for kids embodying holiday feels such as this simple cotton 2 piece set with its fun summer print, great for any occasion for the young adventurous boy.

Rainbows were a firm favourite in 2020 as a sign of solidarity and hope, which is why we are loving this colourful rainbow skirt (also from H&M) with its matching ‘spread kindness’ tee, a statement piece that all little girls will love to wear. Throw over this light pink cotton twill shirt jacket and they are good to go.

Team either outfit with a unisex Adidas bag from JD Sports and your little ones will be ready for those picnics in the parks with family and friends.

 

Bring spring inside!

As we update our wardrobe we mustn’t neglect the home. Fill your home with the fragrance of spring using candles and reed diffusers that not only smell good but look good too. We love Card Factory’s grapefruit and orange flower reed diffuser or maybe you would prefer the smell of sweet honeycomb with this candle from SP Moments, either way, sit back, relax and enjoy their aroma.

With warmer days soon to appear, we’ll all be making the most of time in the open air. Encourage nature into your garden or outside space with your very own bee house. This affordable home for bees from Waterstones is simple to install, just pop in a sunny sheltered spot close to pollen-rich plants and a source of water and watch nature do the rest! Waterstone’s Grow Your Own Sunflower is another cute and fun way to show little ones how nature works and bright yellow sunflowers in your garden will bring joy to all.

 

For more of our top picks from our amazing non-essential retailers, visit our Pinterest page here.

Prices correct at the time of publishing.