WINTER is on its way out. It might not seem that way with the weather still cold and wet – but we’ve officially had the first day of spring. In the world of fashion, at least, it means a whole new season is under way.

Since it will soon be time to cast off your coats and winter woollies, it’s time to take a look at what we should all be wearing when the sun finally shows its springtime face

Flower Power: Girly girls rejoice – anything flouncy, floral and feminine is the last word in style this season.

Fashion is following nature and with flowers starting to bloom outdoors, designers want us to celebrate by covering our clothes with petals and buds.

All the rage will be smock style dresses, hitting just above the knee and cinching at the waist – flattering for most shapes.

If you’re brave you can try a colourful big, bold floral print – but this may not be the best idea for those who are too short or petite to carry off a strong pattern.

For a more subtle look, you could try one of the many smaller, Laura Ashley-esque prints that are doing the rounds.

Flowers aren’t for everyone though. If you’re not a girly girl, pretty petal prints may well remind you of those ‘sweet’ dresses your mum used to force you to wear as a child – or that chintzy sofa your parents had in the 80s.

But you don’t have to go overboard. Simply adding a floral accessory, such as a purse or shoes, could make the trend work for you.

So, whether it be floaty dresses or flowery accessories, fashion gurus reckon if you inject a floral touch to your wardrobe you’ll look gorgeous tonight, petal!

Retro Romance: This season is all about celebrating everything typically ‘feminine’ – which means all things soft, delicate and pretty.

Fabrics such as chiffon, lace and satin are all hot this season, as are ruffles and plenty of pastel hues like pale pink, lemon and cream.

The idea is to take one delicate plain colour and use a few well placed bows, frills, roses and ruffles to turn it into a garment with a touch of romance.

Pastel colours can be carried off by most people – but be careful to buy a colour that suits you, or it could leave you looking washed out.

If dreamy, romantic clothes aren’t quite your cup of tea, you can achieve a more structured look while keeping the feminine retro theme by adopting some fashions from the 1940s. Prom style dresses, smart blouses and stylish stilettos all have feminine flair but can be toned down for daytime work wear or sexed up for a stylish night out.

Remember, with this look it’s all about perfect grooming and accessories.

Rock chic: For those women who like some sass in their style, this 50s inspired ‘rockabilly’ look could be a perfect springtime solution. Studded leather jackets and skinny jeans work well for those tomboy types, while strong colours and patterns, like checks, take the feminine edge off flaring prom skirts and cap sleeve shirts. If you’re looking for star style inspiration with this look, think Amy Winehouse (on one of her good days!). Whether it’s a skirt, shirt or trousers, the key is wearing this look with attitude!

Sporting Style: I bet Mel C wishes this springtime ‘sports lux’ collection had been around when she was given the role of Sporty Spice. Forget unflattering tracksuit bottoms and sweaters. And trainers are a no no. This is sportswear with style and sex appeal – and you certainly couldn’t play tennis in it!

Greys, whites, beiges and neutral tones play a big part – all in fabrics with a shiny sheen. Vests, metallic shorts, jumpsuits – with trouser or short legs – and lightweight parkas are teamed with heeled sandals or sports inspired slingbacks. Not forgetting of course the key item – visor shades, in neon. It’s a brave look to try but this is functional fashion at its finest.