Spring wardrobe updates – stay ahead of the trends

With the cold winter days coming to an end, it’s time to break out of your sweater rut and get set for spring! Whether you’re male or female, with so many spring trends around it can be scary to know which ones to tackle first – so here’s my quick guide to updating your wardrobe for the warmer days.

Relaxed tailoring is big this season, with pleated, loose and drop crotch style pants seen at Vivienne Westwood and Ermanno Scervino. If you’re not feeling brave enough to pull off this look, chinos are a must-have, as they emulate the relaxed tailoring trend without being too off-the-wall. They also suit every body type. Pair your chinos with a loose cut jacket to copy the voluminous looks seen on the catwalks for spring. 
The 1920s had a big influence at both men and women’s catwalk shows. For men, the quickest way to access this trend is to try out the undercut hairstyle, which gives a classic old-fashioned vibe to any outfit.

Large prints are back in fashion for women this year, with themes ranging from art deco to African. Keep it simple like Joseph Altuzarra, and choose one key piece with a bold print and team with a black or neutral ensemble. If you’re feeling bold, try a matching print on both top and bottom, or mix it up with clashing styles.
Pastels are also on trend for a classic springtime look, with most catwalks featuring new takes on the pastel trend including kitsch pastel separates at 3.1 Philip Lim and sorbet shades of Broderie Anglaise at Louis Vuitton. Incorporate pastels into your look with a pretty blazer or dress, but choose your colors wisely to suit your skin tone – not everyone can carry off pale yellow! 

With many other great trends to choose from such as bold colors and safari jackets for men and cute color blocking and peplums for women, Spring/Summer ’12 is set to be a great season for fashion.