There’s nothing like the arrival of new season clothes in the shops to perk us up.
It’s always very tempting to run out and buy the first spring looks you see, but to ensure you don’t end up frittering away funds on random purchases, we’ve done a bit of window shopping on your behalf.
Snap up some of our top 10 buys for spring/summer 2014 below (many already in stores and others to come), selected with the key trends of the season in mind and you’ll have the perfect capsule wardrobe to take you through to the warmer months. Just try not to be too smug about it.
1. Pleats please
The pleated skirt was everywhere on the SS14 catwalks, from Antipodium to Roksanda Ilincic and J.W. Anderson. Of course, pleats have been around for a while but you can bring the trend bang up to date for spring by opting for a knife pleat in an iridescent fabric, as seen at Christopher Kane’s standout show. This M&S skirt is perfect.
2. Broad brush strokes
Prada, Chanel and Celine all got the Pantone charts and paint pots out for the new season, with murals adorning dresses and paint daubed across smock shirts and jackets. Get the look with this colourful ASOS shirt, which will look great with some cigarette trousers in the office or jeans at the weekend.
3. Sweet like candy
Who can forget Burberry’s candy striped show finale under falling rose petals back in September? Those pastel lace separates and embellished trench coats will no doubt be much imitated on the high street. Be the first to wear the trend in this cute tee and pencil skirt from Red Herring at Debenhams. Wear with silver block heels and pop on a mint green boyfriend coat for cold days.
Red Herring lace top, £28, at DebenhamsRed Herring lace top, £28, at Debenhams
4. Bermuda/city shorts
Bermuda shorts featured on many of the catwalks for SS14, including Topshop Unique and Ashley Williams, and will be perfect worn with your pool sliders and bomber jacket, or with a 90s spaghetti strap top when it’s warm. Alternatively, go for these more formal, floral city shorts from Hobbs (very similar to those seen at Mulberry), which will look amazing with the coordinating jacket (also available) for a summer wedding, or with a shirt for the office.
5. Sheer brilliance
Sheer fabrics were used by designers from Preen to Calvin Klein and Fyodor Golan. This black skirt with a sheer panel at the bottom from Next is an easy way of accessing this look without baring a little too much. Wear with a sweatshirt on cooler days or a boxy crop top for summer.
6. Stealth bomber
Even as we watched the Jonathan Saunders psychedelic silk bomber jackets slink down the runway, we knew everyone would be after an exotic bomber to keep them warm on cold spring days. This Gap jacket will look great with your skinny jeans.
Culottes are the trouser shape of the season and look great worn with high heel pumps and a crisp white shirt as seen at Victoria Beckham’s SS14 show and on the lady herself. If you want to take them up a level, go for this striking green pair from Whistles. Finish the look with white court shoes and a white shirt.
8. The luxe sportswear accessories
As much as we all love a sleek clutch or a cute mini handbag, our everyday bag needs to be a little more roomy for all our paraphernalia. Enter the bucket/rucksack hybrid. Saint Laurent has one, as does Alexander Wang, but you won’t do much better than this Zara leopard print version for a bit of glamour.
And what about your winter-worn feet? Well, you couldn’t ignore the fact that the pool slider was the shoe of the season and we’re slowly coming round to the idea. Invest in this chic pair from Hobbs that have been re-worked for the office or go for the silver Whistles ones.
9. The statement sweat
Sadly, not many of us can afford one of those amazing Christopher Kane jumpers featuring dissected florals, but this monochrome sweater from Oasis is not a bad substitute. Wear it with your pleated skirt.
10. The shirt dress
We left the SS14 shows at London Fashion Week with one over-riding thought: we need a shirt dress for spring. We loved Holly Fulton’s printed floor-sweeping versions and the relaxed, beach ready Topshop Unique ones, but we’ll settle for this gorgeous wistful Dorothy Perkins number.