Thursday, 29 March 2012

Spring has sprung!

From pop superstar Rihanna embracing her inner designer and announcing plans for her debut fashion line, to the world watching the two first ladies step out in their wardrobe choices as they bond over cucumber sandwiches; last month flew by in a fashion flurry. 

With sightings of the illusive sun being reported all over the country, it seems that spring has finally sprung and with it comes an abundance of style gold. As well as the women gearing up to tackle a new season of trends, it seems they also take charge when it comes to scrutinising their partner’s attire. According to a new survey, two thirds of women admit to picking out work clothes for their other half, and add style-dictator as another string to their bow. Avoiding a wardrobe disaster is definitely top of the agenda for us gals, and having a fashion faux-pas on our arm is not an option. Even Goldenballs himself admitted that he and Posh took a wrong turn when they stepped out to an array of flashing bulbs in matching leather Versace numbers about a decade ago. But with a plethora of new spring trends to dive into head first, you won’t want to be hiding in the shadows with your new purchases. 

As the weather gets warmer you will find yourself wrapped in heavenly fabrics, adorned with vivid colour as well as indulging in soft neutrals. Creamy neutrals accessorised well can give you a very feminine look; classic and comfortable. The usual staples are in full flow this spring; monochrome, lace and flashes of red transpire as key trends to count on. Florals take a new spin, mixing prints and clashing colours as seen at Mary Katrantzou are the way to get your flower fix this season. Henry Holland at Debehnams has a great selection of eye-catching designs to help nail this trend. London Fashion week also saw the return of tribal print, geometric patterns and bold shades as Donna Karan and Burberry took to the catwalk and has now filtered through to high street store Miss Selfridge to give their interpretation of the trend. A new spin on tribal print is the rise of the pyjamas. No, high-end designers haven’t finally cracked and it doesn’t mean donning your five-year-old cotton PJs, but rather swanky, matching and highly patterned trousers and button-down tops. Christian Dior and Stella McCartney led the way on the catwalk, with paisley print loose-fitting trousers and now high street store River Island has brought out its own relaxed styles. If you don’t want to go for the full-on bedtime story, try wearing pyjama-style separates with a plain top or trousers or a jumpsuit that prevents the outfit from becoming too baggy. 

Another new style to emerge is the rise of the peplum. It won't make you look thin, men don't find it sexy and it gets crushed on public transport, but it has become a high-street hit. In celebration of the female silhouette, curves are accentuated and the result is a sculpture and sleek look. Every high-street retailer put one into production this season to ensure their visibility in the trend pages, but few would have backed the peplum as a commercial hit. Added to dresses, tops and skirts the extra piece of material can be worn in numerous different ways and as long as it doesn’t ooze a frilly bed valance look, then you’ll be onto a winner. Seen on the catwalk in soft shapes at Yves Saint Laurent or bold statements at Jason Wu, H&M has a fantastic selection of peplum styles, guaranteed to suit your style. So with peplums, pyjamas and floral print already on the shopping list for April, dressing for a new season has never been so much fun. 

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