imageNow that we have officially entered spring, it’s time to update your wardrobe with some of the trends established at fashion weeks around the world. I always say wardrobe basics that will last you a lifetime should be invested in, but each season you should also purchase a few fun pieces to introduce something new to your collection.

No doubt you will find many versions of these trends in the high street throughout the coming weeks and here’s just some of what you should be looking out for.

1. Florals

florals

Florals. Photo Credit: Atlantic Pacific, Valentino, Pinterest,

Shocker, floral prints are big for spring/summer again. This trend rears its pretty head every year and 2014 is no exception. This style is one of the easiest to pull off because you can wear it on either a small or large scale. A bright floral dress is perfect for spring, but if that much pattern is not to your taste, you can easily opt for some subtle floral details instead. I love this Jacquard dropped hem floral dress from Asos.

2. Wide Leg Pants

Wide Leg Pants

Wide Leg Pants. Photo Credit: Good, Bad and Fab, TumblrTuula.

Wide-Legged pants haven’t had this much popularity since the 70’s, but the comfortable trend is back and chicer than ever. This season the trend is being worn in neutral and pastel colours, especially white. The elegant silhouette is best paired with a tucked in shirt and boxy blazer. Wallis would not usually be in my first, second or probably tenth choice for shopping, mainly because it’s were my Mam shops, but these ivory wide-leg trousers are to-die-for.

3. Pastels

Pastels

Pastels. Photo Credit: Lacoste, House of NadeeVogue, College Vintage,

This season, fashion has gone super feminine and girly with preppy collars and tee-length skirts, and no colour pallet transcends that look better than pastels. Pastels are always a fresh change to adhere to in spring/summer. It’s a welcome replacement to the autumn/winter uniform of grey and black for sweet shades of mint green, lavender, blush, baby blue and soft ivory. I love this mint green heel from River Island and this soft blue Pull and Bear jumper.

4. Embellishment

Embellishment

Embellishment. Photo Credit: Pinterest,  PinterestBalmain,

Embellishment is no longer reserved for night-time shenanigans. Sure, the all-over embellished dress is still a showstopper, but beaded and bedazzled details can now be seen on everyday wear for a subtle touch of glamour. I love both of these day and night examples of the trend with this Topshop piece and Miss Selfridge number.

5. Print

Prints

Print. Photo Credit: Pinterest, Fashion CooltureTuula, Pinterest.

Prints in general, but specifically graphic prints, are big news this season. Wearing geometric prints like grids, triangles and concentric circles are a sure-fire way to look chic this spring. Take the look up a notch by opting for a printed two-piece outfit. Whether you style the same print together or go for clashing prints, the look will get you super style points. The key to pulling this look off however is good tailoring, knowing which prints flatter your shape and confidence. As long as you look like you meant to clash prints or wear check from head-to-toe, you’ll be fine. I love this playful palm tree print from Topshop and this check print jacket from River Island.

6. Crop Top

Unfortunately, there’s no cutting back on the crunches just yet as crop tops look to be here to stay. The key to looking more Miranda Kerr and less Kim K is to keep the mid-riff exposure to an absolute minimum. Crop tops are not meant to be worn with low rise jeans or your favourite cut-off shorts. Pair the look with very high waisted skirts, pants or shorts for an elegant take on the trend. Keeping the rest of your skin exposure to one or two body parts (see above) can help too. I really love this crop top from Whistles, it’s the perfect example of an elegant take on the trend, pair it with a great high-waisted leather skirt for well balanced ensemble.