The sun is shining, lambs are leaping and the Sunday Times style supplement has been bigged up to broadsheet proportions so I’ve decided it is about time for my spring fashion piece!  The sheer exuberance and fun of this year’s spring style is enough to banish anyone’s winter blues and I simply can’t wait to start putting some of the new looks together.

1. Colour, colour, colour – whatever the trend, this is the key theme running through spring this year. Beautiful, strong and vibrant, there’s a shade to suit everyone.

There are three main ways to play the theme:

Colour blocking – this trend is going to run through the whole of 2011 so pay attention! The idea is to contrast blocks of solid colour – mix separates in luscious fabrics and jewel colours.
Get the colour combos right: fuschia, red, orange and purple on one side – emerald, lime and turquoise on the other – with cobalt as a foil to everything. Pair them as separates, mix them in prints or feature them in bags, shoes and chunky jewellery.

You can get away with budget accessories but take care with statement garments – these zingy colours don’t always look good or last well in cheap fabrics, so invest in a few key items and pair them with wardrobe staples.

Candy stripes – not the safe, ubiquitous nautical look we are fed every spring but broad sweeping stripes using contrasting colours.

Mixed prints – this is a clever look and involves breaking the rules and mixing patterns – pair spots with stripes, floral prints with geometric designs – the trick is to ensure there is a consistent theme throughout with the same colour predominating, or the same motif. It sounds complicated but looks fantastic, so take the easy way out and buy your pieces from the same collection.

Of course, knowing fashion designers, they’ve still found time to throw in a few more new looks:

2. Seventies – go for boho and bring out your maxis or take the sophisticated glamour approach and trade in your leggings and skinnies for high waisted flares. Wide legs look great paired with formal silk blouses whilst this summer, watch out for peasant tops and floppy hats. You might even see rusts, mustards and seventies prints – they are predicted  – but with all the super brights available I’m keeping an open mind as to whether we’ll actually see them on the streets.

3. Sixties – mix Michelle Obama with Mad Men and go for A-line skirts, cardigans and fit and flare dresses.

4. Modern tailoring – suits are back, but worn like the men with brogues and understated tops. Believe it or not I keep seeing the words boyfriend blazer, so let’s hope you haven’t done any wardrobe weeding for a while.

5. Minimal military – I’ve been told the military look has been around for ten years but somehow it keeps being reinvented. We are looking at wartime austerity now, rather than gay hussar – dress uniform of severe cut dresses, blazers and trousers. Trench dresses and sleeveless blazers were big on the catwalk and these managed to buck the colour trend and stick to neutrals.

6. Antique lace – but a million miles from the gothic looks of winter. Choose pencil skirts, blouses, inserts and panels of coloured lace – but don’t overdo it!

7. Jumpsuits – spring/summer seems to suit this trend, it’s been in the background over winter but now it’s all over the catwalks again. This season jumpsuits are fitted on top – even strapless- and flowing in the leg.

8. Accessories – Look for tassels and fringing on bags, kitten heels and leopard print shoes, clogs and chunky colour-block jewellery – match your accessories to your look, and have fun!

Spring Fashion 2011 – Colour Crazy