One of my big changes this year has been how I’ve moved from Edinburgh back to St Andrews. Whilst it’s been a mostly smooth transition, there are a few things I’d forgotten about living in this little town, like how students like to shop in Tesco at 10pm. Or how there are only about five clothing shops in these three streets. Or the fact that being nestled on the east coast of Scotland means that four seasons in one day really does happen. A lot.
Twice in the last week I’ve managed to get dressed for work based on the weather outside, only to find that by the time I’m walking home in the afternoon my outfit is completely impractical. The days I wear wellies and gloves, the afternoon ends up being sunny and I would swear that spring is just around the corner. Other days I choose a cute dress and ballet pumps and get soaked by the time I leave the office. So now that payday is just around the corner, I’ve been creating a wishlist of things to buy (from places in St Andrews) that will take me from winter to spring in Scotland. (Apparently, I also have a thing for the nautical theme which is pretty big this spring – who knew?)
One of the most difficult things to find are shoes – St Andrews fashion seems to dictate that white Converse are de rigeur year round, but I have no desire to get cold, wet feet every time it rains just a little. I love these black boots from New Look because they’ll work right through to the summer, but I’m also a big fan of wellies. I already have a pair of black Hunters, but on dull days I get the feelings that these short and bright wellies from Joules might bring a smile to my face.
I’ve fallen a little bit in love with this lightweight, showerproof quilted jacket from joules. Before now, I’ve avoided quilted jackets because so many people in St Andrews wear them, but the details on this one are so cute. The little fox button for one, the red piping on the inside, the suede patch on one shoulder – definitely a want.
One of my spring wardrobe staples are leggings – they’re perfect under dresses (like the black one below) for work but also great for lazy Sundays, walking along the beach. I often find leggings are overpriced but I like these paisley print leggings for under an oversized black jumper, and the plain black ones for workwear.
Continuing on with the nautical theme, these bamboo socks are brilliant. Under boots and wellies they’d be lovely and warm, but even with brogues or flats, they’re cute enough to see poking out from the bottom of smart work trousers. They’re cheap, too!
I’m a big fan of this black and pink jumper. Right now, I’d put a white shirt underneath and wear it to the office, and come the warmer days I’d totally wear with the paisley leggings, above. I really love the hearts on the sleeves – something very poetic about them!
Now that I’m working in an office which errs on the smart side of smart casual, shirts have become favourites of mine again. I have a beautiful crisp white one from Hollister, and I think this smart blue shirt from Joules would be a great addition to my wardrobe. I love the styling on this photo too!
This square-collared nautical style shirt is another favourite too!
Finally, this boxy black dress is the kind of thing that I’d completely ignore if I saw it in a store, but completely fell in love with online. It’s perfect for work, but the darts under the bust make it interesting and the length means that it could be worn out after work. Especially with the black boots, above!
(Looking back at this list, I’ve realised that I love the entire new collection from Joules – it’s perfect for the blustery St Andrews weather, which is all about layers and warm fabrics and muted colours. Can payday be now, please?)Carley