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The Chic List: Here’s why I’ve taken a shine to spring

I’m a coat addict who craves silver trousers, steals her husband’s clothes and suffers from Instagram fatigue. These are just some of the home truths I’ve learnt while dressing for January.

I’ve spent my entire winter budget on coats but je ne regrette rien.

They’re my style passion – I think of myself as a bit of a collector. Marie Kondo wouldn’t approve, but all of them spark joy and are loved and worn on rotation. My most recent addition is a pinstripe from Rixo with a faux-fur collar – it makes everything I wear seem that bit more glamorous.

As I’ve got older, I tend to save up for coats of better quality, with warmer materials that’ll see me into spring and come out to play again the following season.

Unisex dressing has seeped into my life in a very real way.

My new addiction: My most recent addition is a pinstripe from Rixo with a faux-fur collar – it makes everything I wear seem that bit more glamorous

My new addiction: My most recent addition is a pinstripe from Rixo with a faux-fur collar – it makes everything I wear seem that bit more glamorous

I’m not sure how it happened but I have some very similar clothes (blazers, knitwear, trousers) to my husband. I sometimes steal his shirts and can often be found browsing through the men’s section, especially in Cos.

I’m hankering after a pair of silver trousers.

Silver feels fresh after rainbow brights and saturated shades 

The idea that silver is just for the festive season is being turned on its head. It dominated spring collections and feels fresh after seasons of rainbow brights and saturated shades. Silver skirts, dresses and trousers all look elegant paired with a simple white T-shirt or black jacket. Expect a strong lust for silver gems this year.

I need a new social-media fix.

I wish someone would invent something fresh and exciting. I’m caught in a constant love-hate relationship with Instagram. I hate its unfathomable algorithms, its constant prompts to pay-to-boost posts, its endless weird reels and ever-increasing numbers of mean, judgmental comments. I’ve also noticed some of my favourite celebrities are posting less and less. And who can blame them, if they’re constantly berated for their efforts? However, I still have my handful of inspiring favourites – including @theflairindex, @gwynethpaltrow, @onlyclassy and @clairerose – all of which keep me hooked. I can’t face TikTok because my 14-year-old nieces are there with their dance routines. So, over to you budding tech billionaires…

I’m excited about some simple wardrobe building blocks, such as black leggings and body suits. I’m generally a fan of choosing from what’s already in your wardrobe between now and spring. But adding pieces like simple black leggings, worn with a bouclé jacket and boots, will keep old things looking fresh.

Cinch clincher

Uma Thurman, a fellow fan of the simple black polo, has reached peak chic. Pictured with daughter Luna

Uma Thurman, a fellow fan of the simple black polo, has reached peak chic. Pictured with daughter Luna

Uma Thurman, a fellow fan of the simple black polo, has reached peak chic. Pictured with daughter Luna, Uma nails blazer style with a Grasp leather belt from Bottega Veneta (£275, net-a-porter.com) and teams it with a maxi skirt and pair of chunky boots.

Sub-zero hero

If you’re hitting the slopes or just craving a cosy puffer, check out Zara’s ski collection. This jacket – 90 per cent down, ten per cent feather – will keep you warm and stylish.

Jacket, £189, zara.com. If you’re hitting the slopes or just craving a cosy puffer, check out Zara’s ski collection

Jacket, £189, zara.com. If you’re hitting the slopes or just craving a cosy puffer, check out Zara’s ski collection

My hot Big Apple travel tips

Sarah Jessica Parker’s favourite neighbourhood bookstore, Three Lives & Co

Sarah Jessica Parker’s favourite neighbourhood bookstore, Three Lives & Co

When visiting New York last month, I made a trip to Casa Magazines in the West Village, a wonderful shop selling issues from all over the world. Right around the corner is Sarah Jessica Parker’s favourite neighbourhood bookstore, Three Lives & Co, with a terrific array of books and knowledgeable staff. Uptown, try Elio’s, a low-key traditional Italian restaurant. Gwyneth Paltrow and her daughter Apple visited recently.

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