SPRING 2013 

OUR STYLE GUIDE. 

Although the fashion journalists are already obsessing over the forthcoming collections for Autumn-Winter 2013-14, for the rest of us, what's going to be 'in' for the next few months is of more immediate importance. And, even if the weather isn't playing ball by warming up, there are plenty of stylish new ways to bring a little sunshine into our lives. And there is more choice than ever before. We take a look at some of our favourites, and also take a look at some of the nail polish trends to go with them.


MONOCHROME

Classic black and white works for every age and every style of person. Because the only rules are that you balance out the black and white in roughly equal proportions, monochrome can take on any of the other trends, or none at all!

So for the working day a simple pair of black trousers teamed with a white top works well, while for the more daring amongst us graphic prints, candy stripes or bold flower power florals fit the bill. Many collections chose to add in a splash of colour, such as red, daffodil yellow or dark cobalt blue.


60s MOD

Taking a lot of inspiration from both air stewardess brights - think Pan-Am blue – as well as big flowery prints, this trend is the new, if slightly more daring, take on the ladylike trend. There are still lots of block colours, but now these are joined by, and sometimes combined with, graphic patterns.


BOLD PRINTS

What used to be folkloric or Russian-inspired has moved away from the influences of Europe and now takes its inspiration from Africa and South America as well as tropical climes. Colours are richer than previous years and combinations more daring. 


SOFT RUFFLES

And we mean soft! No need to fear frills and flounces, just gentle, body-flattering, ultra-feminine modern soft ruffles. Down the side of skirts, at cuffs, on peplums. Pretty? Yes. Frou-frou? Not at all!


COLOUR INSPIRATION

Last year's neons have become fluorescent. Still uber bright but more zingy than Zumba-esquue. Lime greens, shocking pinks, bright sweet reds and so on. Think parrot colours rather than tropical fish, if that makes sense!

There is less nude to combine with those brights, but more head-to-toe white. And more surprising colour combinations like purple with scarlet, and bold red with bright pink. The easier to wear but just as bold version sees three or four shades of the same colour worn together. A dusty mauve draped top with a deep violet maxi skirt and a heather cardi, for example.

One colour that will be everywhere is emerald green. But greens of all kind will feature from greyish sages, through relaxing mints and into soft forests. Blues mainly take the form of dusky blue or rich Monaco blue – itself a step down in brightness from last summer's cobalt.

Other colours to look out for are soft violet, zesty lemon, rich but soft peach,  poppy red and look-at-me purple as well as a surprising burst of burnt tangerine.


SO HOW ABOUT THOSE NAILS?

Again nail art takes centre stage.  There are lots of two-tone and graphic patterns, both painted on with polish or applied using nail wraps. And the ring finger manicure – where one nail, often the ring finger – is painted in a contrast shade or tone continues to hold popularity.

Exciting textures continue to feature with the very Spring-appropriate Sprinkles range from Nails Inc being a great example. But over the next few months we've been promised denims, feathers, handbag-friendly leathers and foils too. Check out British brands Nails Inc and Ciate for the latest in textures and embellishments.

For the less daring, there will be a lot of shimmery metallics in pretty, sheer versions.

Colour-wise there are lots of soft corals, rose pinks and creamy whites for the new nude, and minty greens, duck-egg blues and sweet pink  provide a hint of gentle colour. The soon-to-be released Spring-Summer Collection from Nails Inc contain all these options. These soft tones seem to come back every year, but this season they come without a hint of chalk, in a sheer or semi-opaque finish.

Reds, as ever, are a favourite. With cherry brights (Nails Inc Rosary Gardens) the most prevalent. Strong blues like Orly's Monaco Blue toned High on Hope, oranges (OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours), greens and even yellows (OPI Oy, Another Polish Joke) give a pop of colour while soft silver white give fingers an ethereal touch.