Add a touch of spring colour to your wardrobe with these beautiful brights
Just because the sun isn’t shining outside, doesn’t mean you can’t brighten up your wardrobe. Hot colour is a big trend for spring/summer 2015, but those in the know are already easing key bright pieces into their wardrobe, and layering them for a stylish look with extra warmth.
If you’ve been stuck in a rut of black and grey for the past couple of months, this is the update you need: so easy to introduce into your current wardrobe, whether you want to go all-out bright or just add a small pop of colour for an effective new season update.
A great place to start is with an update on your work look, and this Mary Portas The Mia Statement Suit is a fabulous option, thanks to the classic shape in a flattering fit. Simply altering the colour from your usual black can add an instant spring to your step when trying this tricky trend. Too much in one go? Buy either the trousers or the blazer alone, and style however you see fit: either with more brights (we think a simple orange t-shirt would be the perfect pairing for the trousers) or with a simple neutral top or blouse.
Still feeling like your skin is too pasty to pull of brights after the long winter? Try one of these fake tans to look spring-ready in an instant. Or stick to colours that suit your skintone perfectly – we’ve added advice about the best option for you in to our picks, so you can be sure you’re choosing pieces you’ll look great in.
From flattering skirts, to electric blue basics and scarlet red coats – a pop of bright colour is a quick and easy way to lift your winter wardrobe into spring, without going straight in to the new season trends too early.
Choose from our fashion expert’s round-up of the best high street and designer pieces and follow their professional advice to help you work this spring/summer 2015 trend into your wardrobe…
Boost your confidence with these L.K.Bennett Floret Court Shoes. A great way to add an on-trend colour pop to your usual style, the colourful pattern will work well with all your summer dresses – or just team them with jeans until the weather warms up. An instant leg-lengthening and ankle skimming buy.
Pencil skirts are still a big trend this year, so update your classic black version with a brighter number for spring. This Ted Baker Colour Block Pencil Skirt is the perfect antidote to a cool day, and the colour combo means this will look great against pale legs – so no fake tanning! The bold colour pop will fast-foward your winter wardrobe into the new season – and best of all, colour blocking on just one side instantly lengthens and slims hips and legs.
Up-the-ante on your denim collection with Very.co.uk’s Printed Trousers. These bold trousers will see you through the weekend, from a morning shopping and lunch out, to dinner and cocktails in the evening. You could even dress up your usual work look by pairing them with a plain blouse – and the high waist and ankle length means they’re surprisingly flattering, especially on very pale ladies – green is your colour!
Just because you’re embracing the spring/summer trend, doesn’t mean you don’t need to keep cosy! These John Lewis Fleece Lined Leather Gloves paired with a black coat will give you the boost you need when getting dressed in the morning. Add some red shoes to tie the look together perfectly.
You can never have too many basic tops in your wardrobe. This Jigsaw Scoop T-shirt
is super-versatile: Tuck it into a pencil skirt and throw on a smart
blazer for work, or team it with jeans and flats at the weekend. Don’t
forget your statement necklace to pull the whole look together!
Feeling bold? Add a neon-bright cardigan to your wardrobe for a seamless move from winter to spring. Jaeger’s Long-line Cardigan will look seriously stylish teamed with head-to-toe black or white. Orange is a perfect colour choice for dark skin tones, no matter what the weather is doing.
Got an occasion coming up that you want to look your best for? A bright midi skirt, like this L.K.Bennett Susan Floral Skirt, is the perfect option. Flattering and comfortable, this will last for seasons to come and will look great worn with metallics. Pale ladies can pull this off perfectly, thanks to the icy tones and midi length.
The perfect item for layering, this Hobbs Abbi Jumper will become a staple in your wardrobe. Wear it under a dress and throw a cardigan over the top for a simple weekend look.
If you like to stick to basics, like a stripy top and skinny jeans at the weekend, why not try your staple in new colours? This Boden top will look fab with comfy jeans, or dress it up with black capri pants and pointed courts. The sleeves and wide roll neck are flattering, but this will look especially great on ladies with dark and olive skin tones.
Not sure how to take the step away from your usual winter wardrobe of darker colours? A T-shirt, like this one from French Connection, is the perfect place to start. Whether you’re simply adding some colour to an otherwise all-black outfit or mixing it with other brights to colour-block, it’ll be the comfortable base of any outfit, and will flatter pale skin tones no matter what it’s worn with.
It’s never too early to start think about your spring/summer wardrobe – especially when you can get gorgeous dresses like this Bonprix Haiti Scuba one! If you don’t want to wait for warmer days, it can even be worn now – just pop a long-sleeved t-shirt or polo neck on underneath and throw on an oversized coat. The orange tones in this will suit dark skin perfectly.
Is the never-ending winter getting you down? Lift your mood with this show-stopping ASOS coat. The red hot hue instantly updates a classic style, giving your outfit the wow-factor.
Contrary to popular belief, if you’re pale and blonde, you can wear yellow. This is a colour that looks great on all skin types, so long as it’s styled properly. Pale ladies are best pairing this Next jumper with lighter colours, like pastels and other brights, whereas those with dark and olive skin will look best in darker colours – so try layering this over stylish wide-leg black trousers.