How to dress like a grown-up with Shane Watson: Be stylish with a stylish spring shirt

For those of us who are interested in fashion, but not silly things – you won’t be reading about the little bag that’s too small to fit a phone here – there are some fashion terms that arouse suspicion.

A sleeveless coat is one. Another carrot-shaped pant, and one that is popping up a lot right now: the spring sweater.

What’s the deal with spring jerseys? Maybe it’s the fact that they sound slightly useless. It could also be the hint of pastels for Easter hats, elegant cardigans, short sleeves – none of which sound tempting. But maybe we should give spring jerseys a chance.

Kendall Jenner (pictured) in a short knit top in New York.  Shane Watson says he recommends the sleeveless sweater or tank top

Kendall Jenner (pictured) in a short knit top in New York. Shane Watson says he recommends the sleeveless sweater or tank top

First of all, we live in a country where, even in hot weather, you will usually need more than just shirt sleeves under a jacket. For this reason I highly recommend (not for the first time) the sleeveless sweater or tank top because they are so useful and will stay useful until winter.

If you don’t already have a pair, I bet it’s because you think they’ll make you look fat. They won’t, and if you’re big on top get one with a deep V, like Cos’s long knit V-neck (£ 69, cosstores.com).

Jade Thirlwall (pictured) in London opting for a knitted vest paired with a large blue shirt.  Shane describes this look as perfect for summer cocktails

Jade Thirlwall (pictured) in London opting for a knitted vest paired with a large blue shirt. Shane describes this look as perfect for summer cocktails

In fact, a loose sleeveless sweater can be extremely flattering, and if you’ve got toned arms, they’ll look elegant peeking over the shoulders covered in a deep V-neck cashmere vest (£ 125, cosstores.com). That swooshy wide leg pants is your neat early summer cocktail look.

Amanda Holden (pictured) in a black knitted vest and faux leather pants for a smart-casual look

Ann Marie (pictured) in a brightly colored ensemble that includes a short knitted vest

Left: Amanda Holden in a black knitted vest and faux leather pants for a smart-casual look. Right: Ann Marie in a brightly colored ensemble that includes a cropped knitted vest

Sleeveless sweaters add a layer of preppy lighthearted Annie Hall style, especially in cricket white cream (£ 59, crewclothing.co. Uk); and a striped tank top (£ 16, weekday.com) under a trouser suit jacket makes him feel younger. I like to wear a dark blue V-neck cotton tank top (£ 125, meandem.com) with a blue Nrby shirt to liven up dark jeans and a solid color tank top warms up a summer dress while I give it a 2022 upgrade (£ 55 , arket.com).

The second category of spring knitwear is the 70s short-sleeved top, which also looks a lot like something an earth girl would wear on a special Sunday (cute but also simple). I bought one last year in textured navy blue and white with three quarter length ottoman sleeves from Me + Em and wore it more than anything else. The new version comes in an orange and cream stripe or a cream chevron stitch (£ 125 and £ 135, menandem.com).

I’ll wear the seam to work with high-waisted navy blue pants, under a trouser suit, with a denim midi skirt or khaki pants.

I will also wear it in the evening, with silk trousers, perhaps in a blue and white print. For me, the sleeve volume and extra length make it a lot more flattering than a regular short-sleeved shirt, but if your arms can handle it, there are a few smart T-shirt styles around, including one from Cos’s inspired. to the Breton strip (£ 39).

KNITWEAR: THE 2022 RULES

  • Look for contrasting textures and finishes
  • Ottoman sleeves are flatter than plain
  • Wear a bright jersey to break up all the white
  • Combine a striped shirt with a print

This one has a blocky navy blue top, a beige collar and a navy blue sash on cream stripes that ends just below the ribs and looks chic enough to wear with a Chanel dress.

Almost as useful is the new clash cardigan. A dress with an antique print instantly looks modern if you add another print into the mix, and the easiest way to do this is with a bright striped cardigan.

New Look’s candy pink and scarlet style (£ 19.99, newlook. Com) is not just a nod to the season’s warm color scheme, but a stylish way to freshen up all kinds of prints. To successfully clash, you just need to match the tone and try it boldly.

Finally, there’s always room in your wardrobe for a simple long-sleeved sweater in a sorbet shade that you can wear around your neck for a pop of color. (If the prospect of wearing all white or cream seems daunting, this is your safety item.)

Cos has a yellow or green cashmere crewneck (£ 135), Marks & Spencer’s ice pink crewneck will highlight red or blue (£ 19.50, markandspencer.com) and Nrby’s loose coral sweater (£ 99, nrbyclothing.com) hits the spot.

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