Spring 2011 fashion

Last September’s fashion shows might seem a distant memory now, especially when dressing for cold, wet, dreary January days focuses more on staying warm, dry and de-frizzed rather than glamorous, cat-walk numbers.

However, there are some trends you should be aware of, and once you head out to the shops will probably be bombarded with.

I’ve rounded up my top five, skipping the scrunchies which should remain in the 1980s where they belong and skin-tight flares, only to be worn (and look good on) 1% of the population, to bring you out the of January blues and have you longing for the warm, carefree days of spring… (hopefully).

1) Swan lake-inspired ballet is everywhere and with Natalie Portman’s film, Black Swan, soon to hit the screens, high-street shops across the country are bringing out dancing-themed outfits. If, like me, you spent hours of your childhood at ballet classes, you might be wondering about the navy leotards, uniform pink tights and head bands. Forget the tutus of your past, ballet in 2011 is neat, subtle and can be easily added to any outfit.

2) Bold colours are back, banishing any winter blues and wiping the floor of the endless rows of neutral and camel colours from last season. Bright, strong colours look good but remember less is more, don’t dress from head to toe in red, but add a jacket or scarf to brighten up and update an existing outfit.

3) Fruit is another strange but true trend of the season featuring in everyone’s shows during fashion week. Miuccia Prada and Stella McCartney went for in-your-face bold prints of bananas and citrus fruits. A word of warning, these trends don’t always translate to the high street and it might be worth sticking to a strawberry broach or something equally small and subtle if you’re not prepared for the whole fruit-cocktail look.

4) In at number four is a look I don’t like myself as I’m hampered by being only 5 foot 4 inches and therefore unable to get away with a maxi dress unless adorning 6 inch heels. But they are back with a vengeance and if you’re the right height (damn you) then you should own one. Watch out for those that flow or gape too much as you might look more tent than boho chic.

5) Pleats are a must, giving girlish detail a more grown-up look. They follow the preppy-American college style which is another hit this year, but can introduce elegant shapes and charm to day or night outfits.

Finally, if you’re not keen on any of the above, soon fashion week will be back and accompanied by pages of more looks to choose from, or better still, why not create your own.

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