IT’S time to cast off the winter blacks and greys for spring’s new colour palettes and styles.
There are two strong looks for spring/summer 2010 – ethnic and preppy.
The former shows itself in collections with crochet, lace, broderie anglais and beaded detail, while the latter has a strong emphasis on nautical stripes, tailored jackets and city shorts.
If you can’t quite make up your mind between them then look out for garments that blend the two looks – striped t-shirts with embellished shoulders; sharp tailored culottes with lacy blouson tops; and playsuits that mix tailoring with soft, whimsical fabrics. Next, for example, has a wonderfully quirky floral blazer that ticks all the spring style boxes, and Dorothy Perkins is doing a smart, Breton-striped top with jewel-encrusted shoulder detail.
Leggings are still making a fashion statement, as are killer heels and pixie boots. But the must-have accessory this spring is a pair of ‘bandaged’ shoes or sandals with a wraparound cuff at the ankle. Even good old Marks & Spencer has cuffed peep toes.
Denim dresses and shirts are making a big statement and layered ruffles are everywhere – on shirts, dresses, jackets and even denim.
This summer also sees the return of the waistline as the smock top recedes and more fitted lines with waist detail start to emerge once again. However, for those who like to flatter a less than perfect silhouette there are still plenty of loose tops with drop-waists and waist-skimming outlines.