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The Unexpected Trends We're Tapping Into For Spring

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& Other Stories is calling on us to 'create our unexpected' with a spring collection packed with modern takes on the classics...

While the clocks spring forward at the same time every year (put 31st March in the diary, people), spring itself is notoriously unpredictable. One moment, you’re accepting that downpours may just be your new norm, the next your winter coat feels wildly out of place thanks to an unexpected burst of sun. But isn't that the charm of it all? After months of living in the same uniform, the idea of not knowing what comes next is strangely liberating. Ok, it can be challenging at times – but the opportunities to update your wardrobe are endless and that is always something to look forward to.

It's this very notion of the unexpected that & Other Stories has tapped into with their SS24 collection, inviting us to 'create your unexpected' from its line-up of predictably covetable pieces. I come back to Stories time and time again for their creative take on the classics and that’s exactly what they’ve dug their heels into for spring. Think clean-lined silhouettes infused with dramatic detailing. Everyday denim, cut super wide and deeply dyed for richness. Feminine blouses made bold with belts; floral dresses toughened with mesh. It's a celebration of contrasts — and it’s exciting.

So how exactly can you bring a touch of the unexpected to your spring wardrobe? The options are endless, whatever your personal style. & Other Stories does elegance very, very well but why not pair one of this season’s standout sculptural tops (micro trend alert) with baggy wide-leg jeans for an effortlessly cool look that defies convention. Experiment with unexpected combinations in general – hoodies with slinky satin skirts perhaps? – or simply look for those classic pieces which have received an interesting update or two. The Flap Pocket Trench Coat, for example, sees the spring staple reimagined with a utility feel with massive pockets, an accentuated collar and belt and pumped up proportions. And yes, I very much have my eye on it.

Feeling inspired to shake things up for the new season? Of course you are – and that’s why I’ve curated just a few & Other Stories pieces to get you out of that cold-weather-dressing funk. All comfortingly familiar (and therefore timeless, and versatile to style with existing pieces in your wardrobe ) but perfectly unexpected, so you can finally get creative with your style again.

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A New Take On Timeless

Spring and trench coats go hand in hand but if you're bored of seeing the same thing over and over, this is the perfect example of how to make a timeless classic feel ultra fresh. It's all about the exaggerated collar detail, gently puffed shoulders and hardware-heavy belt.

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Double Denim

There's no time like the present to double down on your denim - or double up if you know what's good for you. But instead of opting for the traditional Canadian Tuxedo - shirt and jeans to you and me - try one of this season's trending maxi skirts with a co-ordinating jacket.

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Work Of Art

Jeans and a nice top just got a serious glow up thanks to &OtherStories sculptural tops trend.

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Cool Colour

Peach into green? That's something I haven't seen before. The dress silhouette is classically beautiful, allowing the interesting colour gradient to really shine. Such a fun way to step out of your comfort zone without taking a giant leap.

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Butter Me Up

A little pop of colour? Don't mind if I do! The humble shoulder bag feels revived with layered ruching and a buttery tone tint - one of this season's leading colours.

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Cool Girl Tailoring

Oof, if you buy just one thing this season, make a pair of these trousers it. Designed with a high waist and a perfectly-wide flared leg, these will form the foundation for so many look - and not just the smart ones either. Dressed down with a long sleeve tee and trainers, or dressed up with a shirt and oversized blazer, they really are the cornerstone of your spring '24 wardrobe.

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Bring The Drama

When you think of somewhere wearing a blouse, it doesn't often inspire much in the way of imagination. But to say that &OtherStories has gotten seriously creative in the tops department for spring would be an understatement. Ruffles for days give this pretty peach number the personality blouses have been missing for, well, ever.

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Cascading-Ruffle Blouse - Beige

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Skirting The Issue

Another epic all-rounder, this breezy tie waist skirt lends itself perfectly to smart and casual looks alike. With a boxy cropped shirt and heels, it doesn't feel too feminine either which makes it look even cooler.

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Let's Hear It For The Blouse

A blouse, but belted. Another effortlessly creative way to sub-verse a classic shape - style with a denim midi skirt for a casual take on a traditional formal look that's perfect for work or play.

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Denim Done Right

Baggy wide leg jeans are the denim look for spring. Worried about looking like a moody teenager? Put your trust in &OtherStories who have perfectly executed this pair to fit and hang in all the right places.

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Frill Seeker

You're looking at your next big event dress. A floral dress wouldn't normally be much of a surprise, but with puffed proportions and tiers in the mix a classic look is transformed.

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A Must-Own

There's an &OtherStories blazer hanging in every Fashion Editors wardrobe - and for very good reason. Never too tight, perfectly oversized and crafted from a luxurious wool blend, they're the perfect spring layer over denim and slip skirts.

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Collar Up

Simple, slim knits garner maximum attitude with the addition of a collar. It's an easy update but it radically transforms an otherwise plain silhouette into something seriously chic. Tuck into tailoring, denim skirts, anything you like - just the thing to tide you over until t-shirt weather comes around.

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Fancy Dress

A simple midi dress feels exciting thanks to gorgeous printed pink mesh. The perfect wear-any-time look.

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Elevated Staple

This cropped blouse with short puffy sleeves and a corset-inspired finish will be your go-to on no-idea-what-to-wear days. It's a gem with denim, but feel free to ramp up the pretty with a printed skirt.

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The Anytime Dress

Cotton dresses are a spring summer mainstay but they can often feel very cutesy and prairie. This is a grown-up take on the cotton dress, with collar detail, a belted middle and side splits for added waft on the hottest days. It couldn't be more versatile if it tried either - trainers, heels, sandals, it all works.

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New Favourite Trousers

If you're looking for something to wear on the days when your tailored trousers are in the wash, try these. Clean, minimal and elegant, the chocolately satin finish also gives a richer alternative to classic black.

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Extra Accessories

A high impact gold earring like this is the perfect day to add some creativity to your look without effort or fuss.

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Bucket List

This perfect everyday bucket bag is crafted from supple ecru leather and twisted with knots for a modern update that won't date.

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Pump It Up

If you were happy to see the return of ballet pumps but weren't sure where to go next, Mary Janes are where it's at. The little heel puts just enough spring in your step to feel same same but different. Swap your trainers or loafers out for an instant spring update.

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