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Spring fashion

March 20th, 2012 Comments Off

 

Spring Fashion

Lighter evenings aren’t the only benefit of spring – you’ve also got a perfect excuse to update your wardrobe for warmer weather. Before you hit the shops, check out these hot trends for SS12 and accompanying beauty buys to match… 

Denim delights

Since its birth in 1853, denim has become a wardrobe staple for men and women all over the world. This season, washed-out denim is a hot trend in various forms – think jeans, jeggings, shirts, skirts and dresses. Oh, and double denim (wearing the fabric from top to bottom) has made a comeback. I’m coveting this scalloped dress from Miss Selfridge – it’ll be perfect for festival season and holidays.

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Denim is a wardrobe essential, and body lotion is a beauty essential. If you haven’t already, try out Crabtree & Evelyn’s new Avocado, Olive & Basil Revitalising Body Lotion, which leaves skin super soft.  

 

Pastel power

The most popular shades for spring and summer 2012 are pastels – and they’re more wearable than you’d think. For a classier look, stay away from candy tones and go icy on the colour spectrum – take a look at what ASOS has to offer.   

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Treat yourself to a home manicure with Crabtree & Evelyn’s limited edition Gardeners Manicure Tin and paint your nails in pastel polishes, Essie have some fab shades, and I like Mint Candy Apple.

 

Petal pins   

Floral trousers were popular in the 90s, and once again, they’re packing a petal-tastic punch on the pages of Vogue. Recently, I spotted a girl wearing a pair of floral trousers from George at ASDA that cost £14 – and I want them! If you think you’ll tire of a trend, don’t flash the cash, instead seek bargain buys.   

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Floral prints and floral fragranced beauty products are a perfect match, and Crabtree & Evelyn have no shortage of those. I’d recommend Iris Shower Gel, which always puts a spring in my step.   

 

Peplums 

The word ‘peplum’ comes from the Greek word for tunic and refers to a top or dress that flares out at the waist, giving a feminine shape. I love Guardian fashion editor Jess Cartner-Morley’s guide How to dress: peplums. Dorothy Perkins has some lovely peplum dresses, which are reasonably priced.     

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A sophisticated fragrance is required for the peplum, and I recommend India Hicks Island Night Eau de Toilette. I’ve been wearing it for the past two years and never tire of the fresh floral scent. 

 

Mermaid chic

The ocean depths have provided inspiration for the spring collections of designers including Chanel, Stella McCartney and Giorgio Armani. So get those pearls out and add some spring sparkle to your look with a sequin top or skirt. I’ve got my eye on this mermaid-like vest from Topshop.   

 Wear it with…

Bathe like a mermaid with the La Source range and keep your feet scale-free with the La Source 60 Second Feet Fix Kit. After all, sandal season will soon be upon us – yay! 

 

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