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Spring Fashion

Victoria Beckham, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Max Mara have all focused on pastel tones, particularly lilac. In the form of tailored suits, midi skirts and feminine dresses you will be spotting these subtle shades all over the high street. If you feel washed out by the bold reds and fuchsias we saw everywhere during winter, now is your chance to enjoy wearing some on-trend colour.

Avoid pairing the softer colours with darker, more dominant shades and instead wear them with neutral tones. Keep the clothing simple and fuss-free to avoid looking too cutesy. Those with a warm complexion can take inspiration from Victoria Beckham. She wrapped up her catwalk show in her everyday jeans, a tee and a lilac stiletto, giving a nod of appreciation to the trending colour.

Suit-like looks made in a casual denim fabric are featured by the likes of New York’s cult brand Tibi and edgy Chelsea store Zadig & Voltaire, as well as favourites such as Calvin Klein.

This is a great chance to rediscover your old denim jacket. If you haven’t got one, put on your favourite jeans and head to a vintage store (I suggest Covent Garden), where you’ll find every shade of denim to match your jeans and create your very own double-denim look. A darker denim will create a smarter, more subtle effect.

If you’re not comfortable pairing denim with denim, don’t! Instead, wear it over a feminine, floaty dress and add a delicate heel to balance the look.

Dry cleaners rejoice. The spring/summer catwalks featured an abundance of head-to-toe white. Yes, it’s a pain to continuously check for marks and stains, however designers may have done us a favour here. White suits go with everything and can be incredibly flattering. The trick is choosing the right fabric.

If you want to indulge in a new piece of knitwear, opt for a chalky white. For easy-to-wash options, head to Zara for a range of styles at high-street prices. Try a high-roll neck style for a great layer piece.

When it comes to dressing the lower half in white we are in more difficult territory. Heavier, more durable fabrics, such as denim or cotton, will be more structured, and a wide-leg trouser or full-bodied skirt will flatter nicely.

Seen here at Emilia Wickstead, the translucent clothing trend is perhaps not so ‘ready to wear’. However, with care, its influence can create ethereal elegance while still maintaining your modesty. Try a longer length shirt over trousers and a camisole for a look that will take you from day to night. Try a sheer dress over jeans and a tee, perhaps with a blazer jacket on top. This trend is all about layering and experimenting.

Above all though, wear clothes because you love them, rather than because they’re on trend. Ask yourself “Do I like that look?” If you’re indifferent, fret not. The trend cycle means there’ll be other styles that appeal. But if it’s a “yes!”, have fun shopping!

Hannah Reiss is a personal stylist and image coach based in south west London. She offers wardrobe consultations and personal shopping trips, visit

 PASTEL TONES Max Mara TAILORED DENIM Zadig & Voltaire HEAD-TO-TOE WHITE Stella McCartney SHEER Emilia WicksteadHannah Reiss