Spring 2017 Trends You Can Actually Wear

The evenings are lighter, the sun is out (intermittently at least) and it’s sandals until October for me! Yep, spring has sprung and the annual rummage through the wardrobe for last year’s favourites has left me feeling… a bit last-year.

Luckily, I can fill the holes in my style repertoire with a quick sweep of the high street (or the internet).  So here are my top trend tip-offs for the season ahead (don’t worry, no bralets or Flashdance shoulders here):

FANCY SLEEVES

Red Zara blouse with frills, £29.99; Stripy H&M blouse, £17.99; Grey Gap sweatshirt, £34.95

WE SAY: They’re not very practical when you’re eating soup but who eats soup in the summer? A statement sleeve adds an easy dash of pizzazz to your look – throw one on over your jeans and bingo! Zara has gone huge on this trend, and we also love Gap’s marl grey sweatshirt reboot, now with fluttery cuffs.

POINTY FLATS

Silver H&M pumps, £14.99; Pink Zara Ballerinas, £25.90; GAP Cutout d’Orsay flats, £34.95

WE SAY: Bored of wearing your trusty white trainers? Try a pointy flat – they’re more elegant than sneakers but you can still run around in them all day. Metallics are a particularly savvy buy because they act as a neutral and go with every outfit. Ditto animal prints. What’s more, the pointy-ness of the toe makes them magically leg-lengthening, despite them not having a heel. We’re sold.

SEASIDE STRIPES

Whistles striped tunic dress, £135 ; Warehouse stripe tie shoulder dress, £36 ; COS striped knitted top, £59 ; Marks & Spencer striped jumper, £39.50

WE SAY: Hoorah, I’m all over this one already. Oh no hang on, this isn’t your standard off-duty Breton! This season’s stripes are a little bit special. Some come in wide bands of colour, mixing neutrals and brights, some come in alternating widths and invariably they can be dressed down or up for smarter occasions. A cheeky purchase may be required after all.

IN THE PINK

Warehouse pink military jacket, £69; Gap pink print dress, £44.95; Zara pink dress, £29.99;  & Other Stories flutter sleeve blouse, £39

WE SAY: Catwalk designers have gone wild for vibrant shades this season (see Gucci’s ‘explosion in a paint factory’ colour palette for inspiration). In the real world, brights can be daunting but we’re championing pink as a good gateway colour because there’s a shade to suit everyone. Try on various hues to see what works best with your hair and skin colouring. And if you’re not a girly type you can de-pretty it by wearing it with battered blue denim.

ALL KINDS OF EARRINGS

Anthropologie monogram and pearl earrings, £24H&M love hoop earrings, £5.99; Sophie Harley winged heart studs, £96; Accessorize filigree drop earrings, £10

WE SAY: Earrings are the fastest growing jewellery category around, as women embrace multiple piercings (is getting your ears pierced the new mid-life crisis? Who cares when there’s so many pretty studs around). Earrings this season are either very big or very small – take your pick. Either plump for a pair of ladylike dangly ones – we promise you won’t look like Pat Butcher, especially if you dress them down with trainers (a special shout out to the H&M ‘Love’ hoops – how cute are they and a day-brightening steal at £5.99). Alternatively, try Accessorize for fun multi-packs of studs.

SHIRT DRESSES

Zara khaki shirtdress, £39.99; & Other Stories striped shirtdress, £65; Zara Polka dot shirtdress, £49.90; M&S Collection denim shirtdress, £39.50

WE SAY: If you’re going to buy a frock for summer, make it a shirt dress. They’re stylish, practical and often come with tie belts that can be adjusted depending on how many pies you’ve eaten – what’s not to like? They’re versatile too – wear them on the school run with flats, to work with heels and a trench or on holiday with sandals. They come in all colourways and fabrics this season, so there’s something for everyone. 

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