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What colours to wear this season

Welcome to the season of colour confidence. Get ready to taste the rainbow and dive straight into zingy yellow, eye popping red and bubblegum pinks. Here's my guide on how to buy it, wear it and style it.

Yellow fever

Inject your wardrobe with a happy shade of yellow for an instant pick me up. For years, women have seen yellow as a shade that does nothing for their skin tones, eyes or hair but there is a shade of yellow out there for everyone. It's about knowing which one is yours and ensuring you are sticking to your right tone and shade for maximum confidence and style. From fizzy sherbert to mustard to pastel Fifties lemon, yellow ran the gamut on the runway proving that there is, after all, an option out there for everyone, no matter your skin tone. 

 

Flame red

The colour red is iconic but isn't simply the colour of choice for cocktail dresses and couture gowns. Red is a bold lipstick, the sole of a shoe, the leather of a biker jacket. There's wine, cherry, rose, blood, scarlet, and ruby...the list goes on. When teamed with burnt orange, magenta pink or camel, red takes on a life of its own. The possibilities are endless. It's fierce, it's defiant, and it's not for wallflowers. Red is the colour of a woman in charge.

 

Pretty in pink

The undeniable colour trend for the season is pink, with every hue from bubblegum to fuchsia being embraced in head-to-toe looks. It was huge at the spring/summer 2017 shows in variations from Magenta to bubblegum and nude tones. So maybe it's time to think about adding a pinch into your own wardrobe.

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what is it with shoes?

I can find any excuse to buy a new pair of shoes and the change of weather is just the one I need right now! What is it with shoes and the power they have over you, just willing you to buy them? Fundamentally we all need to shoes to walk in daily so they are a great investment (excuse number 2 natch!), but we don't ALWAYS need them! But by putting your best foot forward sometimes what you have dressed your feet in can end up making your outfit and cementing your daily style.

For the past few seasons the most popular catwalk Spring shoe trends have centred around a few major styles; block heeled mules, backless sliders and fashion sneakers. These styles are so strong that they have now made it to the high street and you can have your pick of the most fashionable shoes out there if you know where to look. There is also one shoe trend to ignore, whilst the fashion world is championing the return of the crocs, please do not think that your feet will look anything but awful in these plastic shoes!

So whether you are looking for a new pair of flats now that the socks are off, or transitional styles that will see you through the Summer. Make sure you check out my top styles to wear now to be sure your feet are the best dressed around. Just don't forget the plasters in your bag!

Best shoe styles for Spring / Summer 2017

1. The Mule

Mules should be your footwear of choice this spring. No longer seen as a boring shoe, the new mule is versatile – it's a statement as your go-to heel, yet as comfy as your trusty trainer. Any height, open- or closed-toe, but always backless, the mule will rule your wardrobe this season. I will be wearing my Topshop pair that I brought last year with a bow on the front, make sure yours make a statement.

 

2. The sling back block Heel

Sling backs were hot on the catwalks and when Dior added a bow to the back of their's it became an over night sensation. I love the femininity of the addition of the bow and these can easily be worn in the daytime through to evening.

3. The Backless Flat

When Gucci did the backless loafers last spring becoming the most Instagramed pair of shoes of the year, slip on's suddenly felt like a good idea. Popular again this year, I like them for the fact that they cover your toes and you just have to pop your feet in and go! Easy dressing! 

4. The Trainer update

The humble sneaker still adorns my feet most days and I can't get enough of the comfy feel of them but making a style statement too. This season they have had an upgrade with the addition of embroidery and beading work giving them a more feminine edge. Jump into Spring with the new styles.

5. V-cut toes shoe

Forget round, square and almond – the V-toe is the new shoe shape to know about. Cut low on your foot, they give a flattering, elongated effect which works especially well with all those wide leg trousers around at the moment. Just be wary of dodgy tan lines. 

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Style rules for transitioning into Spring summer

This week I finally went outside without my Winter coat on! Enough was enough, it's April and I was still wearing my winter scarf round my neck and sometimes even putting my woolie hat on. BUT then the sun came out and I feel I can finally move forward towards Spring style.

With it being so cold it's hard to make that transition from Winter to Summer without feeling the chill. So if the thought of trying to give your winter pieces a spring-appropriate umph is overwhelming, I'm here to share with you my style tips on how to transition your daily wardrobe from the big freeze to the well, slightly milder change without a complete wardrobe overhaul.

1. Double jacket

It's jacket season, but the key to keeping warm is layering your jackets up on top of each other. My favourite is wearing my black biker jacket underneath my khaki parka, leather is warm and always instyle as it can be teamed with anything. Bomber jackets are also good for layering, put your denim jacket on underneath one and you have two great layers to keep you warm. Failing the double jacket look, you can invest in a lightweight Summer duster coat that will see you through Spring, Summer at Autumn, my bright yellow one is my go-to piece for this time of year.

2. Layer-up

Layers, layers and more layers is currently my unofficial motto! So to ensure you beat the April showers and are prepared for glorious sunshine, in equal measure, use what you already have in your wardrobe to keep you warm underneath your lightweight jacket. Wear your stripe tee, with a denim shirt, thrown over the top is a sweater all worn underneath your bomber jacket.

3. Scarves

The key to transitional dressing is being prepared for all the elements – the Great British weather means having sunnies and an umbrella on you at all times. Ensure you always have an extra layer of warmth with a chic lightweight scarf – opt for neutral hues that are ready to be paired with any look, and tie around your bag when you don’t need it for an extra accessories injection.

Jigsaw floral print scarf, £49.00

Jigsaw floral print scarf, £49.00

Zara stripe cotton scarf, £17.99

Zara stripe cotton scarf, £17.99

Becksondergaard Scarf, The Dressing Room £65.00

Becksondergaard Scarf, The Dressing Room £65.00

4. Get rid of the winter boots

Pop those Winter boots back in the cupboard for next year and it's time to get the flats out. I am currently living in my trainers, brogues and loafers to update my look, but I can't wait to move into my ballerina flats and espadrilles when it does eventually get warmer (see next week's blog on Summer's hottest shoe trends). From lace-up flats, a now familiar sight on shop floors, to pretty scallop-edged pumps, there are numerous offerings to give your wardrobe an injection of femininity. If you’re after a more androgynous look, invest in a pair of tassel-detailed brogues.

5. Add some colour!

Desperate to ditch the black and winter hues in favour of something brighter but aren’t quite ready to go the whole hog in bold colours? Injecting colour into your wardrobe now will brighten up your mood and your style. Last week I blogged about colour and what colours can do for you if you wear the right ones. Add a touch of Rosa Quartz to your look. A hot colour trend this season (see last week's blog post), give the feminine tint an edge by teaming it with an otherwise monochrome look – from a pale pink coat to a candyfloss knit, it’s the perfect spring shade to bring your wardrobe up to date.

Cos Coat £150.00

Cos Coat £150.00

Zara Asymmetrical blazer £69.99

Zara Asymmetrical blazer £69.99

Oasis paper bag trousers £40.00

Oasis paper bag trousers £40.00

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