I've Been a Stylist for 20 Years—These Are the Key Buys on My Spring 2024 Wish List

You've probably heard of celebrity stylist Angie Smith from her work in the past with household names like Holly Willoughby, Eva Mendes, Davina McCall and Rochelle Humes. Smith has a gift for making her clients look effortlessly chic, usually on an affordable budget. She's an advocate for shopping the high street—often mixing high and low pieces in her styling and her own wardrobe—and her talent for uncovering the most expensive-looking finds is unrivalled. So I'm sure you'll be pleased to hear she's now a Who What Wear UK columnist, here to share with you her expert shopping picks for the season while sharing some of her styling wisdom along the way. All I'll say is, ready your wallets. Keep scrolling to see her key buys for 2024 below…

Angie wears a cricket knit

Angie smith wears a knit vest from The Upside

(Image credit: @angiesmithstyle)

I’ve been a stylist and brand consultant for over 20 years now, and I'm a strong believer in buying less and wearing more. What I've found from my experience re-working clients' wardrobes is that after editing them down to a smaller capsule, it becomes a lot easier to pull outfits together because you can actually see what's in there.

When shopping for new pieces, it’s important to be practical and think of all the outfits you could wear them with in your existing wardrobe. But most importantly, you have to really love those new items to justify adding them into your rotation. When you wear them, they have to make you feel good—really good. They have to be comfortable on your body; I’m a strong believer in buying the size that feels and looks the best on you—in some shops that might be a 12, in others an 18—it really does not matter. The buys that I include in my monthly edits here will be ones that can be easily styled up in multiple ways, and will still be relevant years from now. We're talking true wardrobe classics, and every month I’ll be showing you where to find them.

Angie wears Ancient Greek Sandals

(Image credit: @angiesmithstyle)

Thanks to a few warm days and a sprinkling of sunshine, it’s clear that spring is on its way. When manoeuvring the transition into a new season, some can get lost in creating a whole new set of outfits to suit the changing weather. But I’ve found that with a few smart additions, the trusted capsule wardrobe pieces that we’ve been collating can continue to work hard throughout the new season. Not only do these seamlessly blend into your wardrobe, but also add an instant polish that requires little effort. So less time staring into our wardrobes and more time soaking up the spring sun. A summery basket bag here, a lighter knit there, and perhaps a denim update too, a little goes a long way in readying our wardrobes for the next few months. And soon enough, these clever purchases will be making their way into our summer outfit rotations too. 

Shop Angie Smith's Spring 2024 Edit:

1. Sunny Dress

2. Denim Shorts

3. White Trainers

4. Cricket Whites

5. Nice Top

6. Basket Shoes

7. Field Jacket

8. Striped Shirt

9. Classic Black Dress

10. Haulier

11. Green Shades

Shop More of Angie's Picks:

Next Up: The 9 Most Expensive-Looking Pieces on the High Street This Week

Emily Dawes
Affiliate Editor

Emily Dawes is the very definition of a fashion multi hyphenate. An editor, stylist and writer with over eleven years’ worth of experience in the industry, Emily is known for her impeccable taste, elegant outfit choices and being able to spot the next big thing in fashion from a mile off. Our readers loyally trust her advice and shopping suggestions; so much so she began her own column documenting the most expensive-looking pieces on the high street, which has become a top-performing piece of content for the Who What Wear brand.

Emily has worked for Who What Wear UK since 2020 in a myriad as roles, spanning from contributing editor and branded content editor. Now, she holds the position of affiliate editor and is responsible for the brand’s overall affiliate strategy, ideation and content execution. Working closely with Who What Wear UK’s affiliate manager, Emily has been instrumental in securing and nourishing brand partnerships, surpassing her goals as standard. Leading the team in tentpole shopping moments including Black Friday and Peak Trading, with Emily’s guidance and leadership, team Who What Wear is in a stronger affiliate position than ever before.

Prior to joining the Who What Wear team, Emily served as YOU Magazine’s acting fashion editor where she managed the fashion team and oversaw all fashion content output for the fast-paced weekly title. Emily is a stylist in her own right, having worked with a slew of VIP clients including writer and television personality, Elizabeth Day, as well as styling and art directing several celebrity cover shoots for glossy print publication, Grazia. Her adept fashion knowledge means brands regularly sought out to work with her as a consultant: previously she has developed marketing and content plans for brands for Cocoon and Edge of Ember. Before entering the industry, Emily obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies with International Study from Nottingham University. Fun fact: Emily spent a year studying in America which saw her join a sorority during her time there.

When she’s not working or tracking down the chicest, new-in items to share with our audience, you’ll find Emily bestowing her East London home with her stylish flair, reading everything from the classics to cowboy romance novels and escaping to the country with husband, baby boy and dog, Roo, whenever she can.

Emily is currently on maternity leave.