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Spring It On


The sunshine months are just a hop, skip and jump away and the fashion for summer season is more uplifting than ever.

If fruity prints, super brights and Studio 54 glamour don’t see off the winter gloom, nothing will. Embrace the top trends to put a spring in your step.

Luisa De Paula, buying and merchandising director for, reveals her easy-to-wear tips to make your transformation to summer goddess a cinch.

Dazzling brights

Make a splash with this season’s paintbox colour palette of rainbow brights and acid neons. Worn as a bold head-to-toe hue, or clashing colours, this is the easiest way to warm up your wardrobe for the new season.

“Embrace this season’s brights with neon pinks and cobalt blues in a simple shift dress or team an orange t-shirt or tank with mustard shorts and a red belt,”
De Paula suggests.

For an easy take on the trend, contrast your chosen shade against black or white or use an eye-catching bright accessory for a pop of colour.

Maxi magic

If shorts and minis aren’t for you, maxi-mise your look with floor-sweeping dresses and skirts.

From billowing parachute silk dresses through to no-fuss column styles, maxi lengths have real longevity for the season ahead.

“There’s a move from the usual boho styling to more of an elegant and cool look by layering knits and plain colour t-shirts over maxi skirts and smartening up long dresses with belts and blazers,” suggests De Paula.

Keep your feet on the ground with flat shoes for a modern take on the trend. Try dainty ankle boots and ballet flats for spring and toe-baring sandals for sunshine days.

Seventies chic
There’s always a decade that dominates the catwalks but this season the fashion world has been well and truly seduced by Seventies fever.

From button-through denim skirts and safari suits through to floaty flares and wide-brimmed hats, transport yourself back in a style time machine.

De Paula says: “Seventies is one of the biggest stories for this season. Invest in jumpsuits, maxi dresses, flare and boot cut jeans and trousers, and elongate those legs with a killer platform shoe or wedge.”

From relaxed hippy style to Studio 54 glamour, the decade is jam-packed with retro inspirations so you can channel a different Seventies icon every day.

Smart sports

Don’t fret if your gym membership is a distant memory. Some of that redundant sportswear might just translate into this season’s slick sporty look. In reality, the look is more runway minimalist than running track sweaty.

De Paula reveals: “One of the more relaxed spring/summer trends, luxurious summer knits are layered over shorts and loose slacks. Cropped jackets are given a modern, sporty edge with toggles and mesh detailing.”

Natural beauty

No nudes or neutral shades in sight for this trend. Grab your binoculars and take your cue from a wild tropical garden with bold insect, fruity or floral references.

“When Prada and Stella McCartney’s collections were unveiled, fruit prints became the surprise hit of the season,” De Paula explains. “Vibrant banana and cherry prints feature alongside bold florals.”

Ditch the dainty look and stick to eye-catching bright prints to blossom.

Keep your accessories pared down to let your extravagant printwork do all the talking, or look for printed accessories for a subtle flutter of wildlife.