Spring into the new season with a wardrobe update.
If the recent big freeze is affecting your fashion choices, it’s time to thaw out with spring’s hot new trends.
Sorbet-inspired pastels, a hotbed of fresh florals and sea-inspired prints should get you in a sunnier frame of mind for the season ahead.
Forget the thermometer and check out the style barometer. These new looks will have you stashing away the winter woollies quicker than you can say ‘heatwave’.
Pastel parade: If last summer was all about garish brights, this season’s colour trend is soft and sweet, sweet, sweet.
Ditch the detox because spring is high on the sugar content. There’s dolly mixture-inspired shades for girly looks and icy sorbet colours for an edgier take. Metallic accessories provide the extra frosting.
Forget about pastel wardrobe prescriptions on how you wear them. Opt for a subtle hit with one piece, a pale wash with one top-to-toe hue or take the pick ’n’ mix approach by clashing your pastels together.
Floral fever: No spring is complete without a sniff of florals but this season sees a fresher, more varied and vibrant bouquet.
This mixed bunch consists of tropical blooms, bold sunflowers and delicate buds.
And it’s not just about floral prints. Flower power has gone 3D with a bevy of designers showcasing applique and embellished blooms on their catwalk creations.
Try a show-stopping floral dress or embrace the new tactile blooms with separates, like a Louis Vuitton-style applique skirt or top.
Print explosion: The underwater world makes a re-appearance in this spring’s obsession with prints.
But shells, coral and fish aren’t the only designs of choice. Tribal, Nineties, paisley, Americana, zig-zags - pick your theme and the catwalks had it covered with an array of eye-popping designs.
Trousers are the 2012 way to work a print - if you dare. Go for skinny and cropped or wide-legged palazzos, and keep your top pared down. Stick to a statement dress, jacket or shoes if you want to make print strides in other ways.
Gatsby girl: If the new season metallics don’t satisfy your razzle dazzle cravings, then this trend will. Think glamour with a capital ‘G’ - lavish beading, tassles, feathers and embroidery in a basic monochromatic palette of opulent black, golds and whites.