With spring well under way, start packing away those winter woolies and get in the mood for some serious new season shopping. It is time to make the seasonal shift and embrace the new season shapes and styles by investing in some savvy style buys. With a bit of strategic planning you can update your wardrobe in no time. Here are our top short cuts to the new season...
Sixties to seventies
A simple move from one decade to the next will instantly transport you into a new era of sumptuous style. Billowing bohemian goddesses in swathes of chiffon and silk glided down the runways of Emilio Pucci, Valentino and Cavalli while retro rock babes strutted their funky stuff in glam baby doll dresses, fabulous retro prints and luxe layers of denim, suede and leather at Gucci, Saint Laurent and Chloé. Hone your haute hippy and invest in a sheer tie-dye kaftan, a floral folksy maxi gown, decorative denim, fringing and all things suede.
From left: Gucci, Saint Laurent, Valentino & Emilio Pucci
Mini to midi
Above the knee - no, under the knee - yes. This is the new rule when it comes to your skirt hem this season. Think demure and ladylike – in fact, you shouldn't have to think too hard, as the midiskirt has been around for several seasons. For spring, suede is the fabric of choice. For a sophisticated Michael Kors style approach, team your suede midi with a fine knit sweater or shirt and chunky block heels, or for a more off duty edge; wear with a slogan or graphic tee and dare I say it, trainers.
Michael Kors SS15
Skinny to flared
I am not denying the versatility of the skinny jean, but if you really want to get ahead this season, switching from skinny to flared will get you streets ahead. But before heading to the back of your wardrobe to revisit your 90s flares, there are a few key style pointers with SS15 flares, that may change your mind. Firstly, hipsters are out. High waisted are the only way to fashion flares. And there are two main fits – long, lean and leg lengthening as seen at Emilio Pucci, or the Céline way - wide and cropped.
Left side: Micheal Kors, and right Emilio Pucci
Flats to flatforms
Do not fret, flat devotees. Spring's hottest heel is not for tottering on, but a comfy height-enhancing platform. Now you can boost your inches without sacrificing comfort and best of all, these chunky soles work across the board. Wear with trousers or skirts, day or night and choose between sleek and sophisticated as seen at Chloé and Coach or Stella McCartney style, cool and sporty.
left: Coach, right: Stella McCartney
Mannish to manicured
Say goodbye to that loose silhouette you spent all winter perfecting and swap it for a razor sharp structured and angular silhouette. For spring, utilitarian, graphic designed and perfectly engineered fabrics, cuts, details and designs take precedence and offer a sleek, chic and edgy alternative to the languid aesthetic of the seventies phenomenon. Look for bold shoulders, architectural folds, raised stitching, high collars and pocket and button detailing as seen at Victoria Beckham, Marc Jacobs and Salvatore Ferragamo.
left: Salvatore Ferragamo right: Victoria Beckham