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Spring into style

Kathryn Whittaker has sprung upon us this season’s latest looks

Published on February 29th 2008.

Spring into style

We had one week of actually quite OK weather recently, and in my book that signals the start of spring (yes I was out there in the 7 degree baking heat in my flip flops and no coat - saddo).

so if you have a spring in your step and are ready to hit the high street in search of some fabulous fashions, here is my rundown of the hottest looks hitting the stores now.

Light Denim Diva:
If like me, you are a massive fan of Ashes to Ashes, now it’s your turn to get all Gene Hunt on us. Yes stonewash and lighter denim shades are back. This spring sees a massive throwback to the '70s and '80s. Jeans are pale and super-flared, floral printed blouses are tucked into high-waisted shorts and torn denim jackets have been pre-washed and frayed. These pieces are distressed and effortless and easily worn with prints or plains. Topshop have some fantastic affordable versions in all different fits. Miss Selfridge have revived the denim dress and H & M are keeping it old school with funky fitted jackets.

Spots, Stars and Stripes:
Classic prints are what it’s all about this spring with spots, stars and stripes leading the way. Oversized options are all over the high street so try super-sizing for extra wow factor. I am loving shirts with stars from Primark, just slip a skinny waist sincher belt round the middle and twin with wide leg trousers for a super spring look. Try polka dot skirts from Coast and make them big. Volume in skirts is the name of the game and pop them with a fitted fine knit top to ensure you are maximising your curves.

Arty Farty:
Now you are probably bored to death of me banging on about colour, but here I go again. Yes, bright bold shades are back and this time they mean business. Graphic smears and splashes in mix-and-match colours give dresses an edgy art-school glamour, now doesn’t that sound lovely? Think bold brush stroke prints, watercolour washes and abstract daubs on just about everything. Zara have maximised this in their tunics, with lipsy and topshop also dip dying and splashing their dresses in all the colours of the rainbow.

Zena Warrior Princess:
If the thought of a metal cone shaped bra doesn’t really appeal, worry ye not. This spring gladiator takes the shape of Grecian style toga tops and drapey dresses. The more masculine part should be used when accessorising so thing chunky studded belts and strappy shoes to compliment the look. Faith have amazing zena esque sandals and Accessorise have belts a plenty.

Lingerie comes out of the bedroom and on to the high street, just make sure it’s not your old grey M&S knickers. Yes boudoir chic is here and this means silky dressingown dresses and burlesque boned Basques. Keep the shades neutral to ensure the look is romantic not slutty and try twinning with soft chiffons to tone down the bedroom feel. Ultimo have pretty pastel Basques, and have a look at Mango for more structured seductive slips.

Well, I hope that has whet your appetite, the trick is to just get out there and have fun with it. Over the next few weeks I will be showing you how to wear each of these trends and give you some top tips to suit your body shape.

See you soon


Kathryn Whittaker
Director - Code Image & Style Ltd

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