Spring collections are hitting stores fast and furiously. I have to hold myself back, because early Spring shopping is my favourite, and I want everything. Fabrics, patterns and silhouettes look so crisp, light, fresh and pretty after the dark, sombre and heavy of Winter. But like most, I have a budget and need to think carefully about what I add to my wardrobe.

Here are some fab finds that have worked on my clients, myself, or that simply caught my eye.

1. Petite Camisole in Small Sizes

These are fabulous $6 camisoles if you’re petite or wear a small size. The Small fits a size US0. Unfortunately they only go up to a Large, which fits a US8. They fit a short waist and torso really well because the straps adjust the length of the camisole. I’m regular height at 5ft 6, and the Small fits perfectly because I can lengthen the straps. Lots of great colours and 95% cotton.

2. Boden Cassandra Sweater

Boden’s quality is fabulous, and these pullovers are no exception. Silky to the touch and substantial. A fabulous fluid shape with ample structure on the cuffs and around the neckline. The rainbow trim has a Modern Retro look to it. Party at the back, and rainbow fun.

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3. Via Spiga Edie Bootie

A beautifully made and very comfortable bootie. Super soft and casually dressy. The colour is a grey-ish cream, and not a crisp white. Works best on a regular or higher volume foot. They were too wide for me, so back they went.

4. Dressy Patterned Crossbody Bags

I haven’t seen these little darlings in person yet, but they look divinely dressy and structured, which is a vibe you can absolutely wear with jeans and sneakers these days. The broader straps are most comfortable, and feel free to pattern mix your outfits till the cows come home.

5. Boden Denim Skirt for Team Tall

Do not try this skirt unless you are tall and can fill it out. I liked it, but it overwhelmed me in width and length. It’s best suited to tall gals with a curvier bottom half. Well made, substantial fabric, and plenty of length. Fun denim washes too.

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6. Boden Vanessa Jersey Dress

A knit dress that is lovely to the touch, feeling like silk on the skin. It’s a gorgeous fit when you have a defined waist. But it isn’t clingy on the midsection or hips because the cut glides over your curves with a good amount of drape (quite the genius design). Tailored but not body-con, and fun pockets too. The length works well on most heights because of the tapered hems. In other words, petites go for it and tall gals have length. It almost worked on me, but the neckline swamped my narrow shoulder line. I need a closer fit on the neck to add structure to my shoulders.

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7. Boden Richmond Cropped Pants

The fabric of these pants is fabulous, and so much better than what I generally see at chain stores like Banana Republic. Substantial, silky, luxurious and crisp, which spells good quality. The heavier weight of the fabric makes them drape well. The fits work for a range of body types, from curvier to straighter, and they go up to a US18. Plenty of room on the calves. They run long in the rise, which is why they didn’t work for me since I’m regular height but short in the rise.

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8. Anine Bing Plaid Blazer

A well-made item with a fun ‘80s vibe. Modern Retro Fabnes for the win. Nice length for taller gals. One of our forum members rocked it last week styling it with jeans, a pullover, and boots. It looks really good buttoned-up.