What to wear now: 50 ways to stay in style this season 

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Miu Miu SS17 Credit: Isidore Montag

1. Embrace all things bright and beautiful 

With David Hockney at Tate Britain, Josef Frank at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum, and That Yellow Dress from La La Land, the new colour palette is all things bright and beautiful. We will always have time for black, but a dose of colour therapy marks the start of spring.

J.W.Anderson shoulder bag, £1,095, Selfridges

2. Trackie bottoms have not legged it yet

Pants, £280,  Bella Freud

3. Streetwear has infiltrated high fashion and the hoodie is its favourite piece.

You can go for Saint Laurent, but there’s much to like this ruffled version.

Hoodie, £32, Topshop

4. Swing on a rucksack 

If rucksacks are good enough for supercool Maison Margiela and Vêtements (they collaborated with Eastpak this season), then they’re good enough for us. We like Matt & Nat’s vegan versions.

Nylon backpack, £98, Matt & Nat

5. Make like you're going swimming  

In the swim – thanks to Miu Miu’s s/s 2017 show, the floral swim cap, retro cossie and bright slides are all back by the pool.

Miu Miu SS17 Credit: Isidore Montag

6. Earrings? The bigger, the better

Breaking news: wearing a pair of earrings together is not uncool any more. Actual twosomes were spotted on all the front rows during the last fashion month. Huge chandelier or geometric styles were favourites.

Clip-on hoop earrings, £225, Dinosaur Designs

7. Choose your socks with care

Three go-to brands: Topshop’s three pairs for £8. Glitter socks from & Other Stories – they’re more expensive (£7 a pair) but the Telegraph fashion team swear by them.

Then there’s Paul Smith’s watermelon socks:

£17, Paul Smith 

8. The skirt length is modest; the style is pretty

Your midi for this season comes flowing and feminine, with  frills, asymmetric or handkerchief hems. Wear it with a tee and a trench, with ankle boots or flats. This is a look that is set to last through to next winter so don’t be afraid to invest.

Skirt, £29.99, Zara

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9. Get a kitten 

Heel, that is. Yes, they get stuck in pavements  and escalators. Yes, the heels scuff and you have to keep getting them re-tipped. But for a  special occasion, you can’t beat a little kitty.

Patent-leather slingback, £620, Dior

10. Sticking to denim? No problem

Go for a wide-leg flare or straight legs with frayed hems. Wear with a khaki jacket.  

Jeans, £129, Me+Em

11. Buy a man's (style) shirt 

Don’t say we didn’t warn you about this. We did. Several times. This season, the shirt is back in a big way – and we mean big because these babies come over-sized. You will get away with borrowing your other half’s but if that makes him cross, browse the collections at M.i.h. Jeans, Warehouse and Mango. 

Striped re-worked shirt, £34, Topshop

12. Patchwork is your new print

The trend for homespun has made patchwork a recurring theme, particularly on dresses. Jonathan Anderson gave it a luxe feel at Loewe, while See By Chloé moves the idea on with bright, colourful accessories. 

Loewe SS17 Credit: Isidore Montag

13. Say it with flowers...

Pansy clutch, £895, Christopher Kane

14. On your feet...

Floral loafers, £179, Essentiel Antwerp

15. On your frock... 

Flower-print maxi, £39.99, Zara 

16. On your T-shirt... 

Bunny and pansy  T-shirt, £85, Markus Lupfer

17. On your shirt... 

Muslin shirt, £153,  The Kooples

18. A graphic accessory is a great way to feel fresh for spring

Taking the lead, Prada’s spring collection is chock full of checks, lines, zigs and zags. 

Saffiano and calf-leather bag, £1,270, Prada

19. Posh up your PJs

It is perfectly possible to float around in your PJ pants and a silk dressing gown and claim that it’s fashion. If actor Terrence Howard, who wore a custom-made La Perla robe to the Oscars, can work this, so can we.

Cotton house coat, £250, Desmond & Dempsey 

20. A coat finishes an outfit even in warmer weather

This season, variations on the trench are everywhere. A super-light one can be useful to wear over jeans (try Mango), while a silky version is great for evening. But it’s not all about the trench. Sonia Rykiel has an embroidered denim coat, while Maje’s double-sided silk wool-piqué tailored coat  is smart but easy and comes in bright pink (hello, weddings) or camel. For hazy days (when they arrive), we like the inky linen duster coat at Jigsaw to wear over denim or long skirts.

Classic cotton trench, £89.99, Mango

21. Bling is back 

Those under-the-radar minimalist days seem to be behind us because the designer logo, with all its bling 1980s associations, is back. Dior, Saint Laurent, Paco Rabanne, Balmain, Christopher Kane and Loewe are all embracing the trend. You’ll never again hear the words, where’s that from?

Bag, £2,300, Dior and earrings, £300, Saint Laurent

22. The neck is now a zone to decorate 

A high-necked shirt, a choker, a polo-neck or  a knotted silk scarf: the neck is a zone to decorate. We like the high-necked dresses at Sam Cam’s Cefinn and silk scarves from Marks & Spencer.

Silk scarf, £145, Liberty

23. Forget the LBD... 

And wear a  Big Colourful Dress instead. Looser, brighter, um, bigger,  the BDC is the easy  way to do daytime dressing this spring.

Floral midi dress, £55, Warehouse

24. Blazers are back

Longer line,  double-breasted, even gilt-buttoned, it’s the 1980's remixed  as seen at Mulberry.

Mulberry SS17 Credit: Isidore Montag

25. Your boots should be block heeled

Aquazzura Jourdan suede boots, £640, MyTheresa

26. But that doesn't mean they can't be glittery 

Valentine boots, £370, Marc Jacobs

27. Nor cowboy-esque

Isabel Marant Etoile Doynie boots, £445, net-a-porter.com

28. Don't abandon the Breton 

The striped pyjama shirt is everywhere but abandon not the faithful Breton. In fact, wear shirt and Breton together with the tails hanging down, fashion editor-style. At Burberry’s February show (on sale now), the Breton was a key piece, worn under and over lace tops and dresses.

Cotton top, £295, Burberry

29. Ditch those black shoes

MR by Man Repeller, now in its the second season.

MR by Man Repeller velvet flats, £225, net-a-porter.com

30. And look out for the new shape 

Le Monde Beryl – a new take on the classic gondolier’s shoe. The perfect punctuation point to wide trousers and long skirts.

Le Monde Beryl shoes, £275, matchesfashion.com

31. The new fabric

Aeydé – velvet courts, high-cut suede ankle boots, block-heeled lace-ups.

Satin mules, £210, Aeyde

32. And the new brand 

By Far – a Bulgarian brand that uses dead stock leather from Italian factories. We love the witchy lace-up ankle boots and panelled flats.

Mr Jammin shoes, £230, By Far

33. Look for ruffles and frills, ditsy florals and trailing ribbons and bows…

As seen at Erdem’s s/s 2017 collection these are this season’s most flirtatious details. 

Erdem SS17 Credit: Isidore Montag

34. Flash a little flesh on a sunny day 

But in a ladylike way.

Bow shoulder top, £32, Next

35. Get arty 

JW Anderson’s fashion and sculpture exhibition has just opened at the Hepworth Wakefield in Yorkshire, and later this month Selfridges’ home-making Our House event begins, offering ‘craft and soothing old-world rituals’. The trend for all things artsy and crafty is being picked up by fashion, too.

Beaded clutch, £99, Jaeger

36. Say it across your chest 

For those of you who don’t want to pledge allegiance with a brand logo T-shirt, say it with… more words. Expressing how you feel across your chest is so 2017, whether it’s an ‘i miss barack’ sweater by Rachelle Hruska, Dior’s We Should All Be Feminists or this tee: 

£30, Selfish Mother x mothers2mothers at the FMLYstore.com

37. Velvet is still with us but it’s lighter and more fluid than winter’s offering

Masscob’s short-sleeved top fits the bill.

Masscob top, £250, matchesfashion.com

38. Look for gold circles.. on bags

Simon Miller bucket bag, £335, Avenue32

39. On ears...

Balenciaga ear cuff, £145, net-a-porter.com

40. On the new genre that is the bracelet bag 

Chloé bracelet bag, £1,195, MyTheresa

41. Embrace the return of the 1980's

Blame Stranger Things, blame Black Mirror, blame Saint Laurent, but the 1980s are back with us… Never thought you’d wear a power jacket again? This might just be the season that you row back on that. High rollers should check out Racil and Balmain. Jigsaw’s longline linen-twill jackets are more affordable.

£199, Jigsaw

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42. Bring out your blusher 

Remember how to ‘drape’ your blusher (suck your cheeks in and apply below the bone)? At the Topshop Unique and Marc Jacobs catwalk shows they were all over the technique. Warning: this may scare your kids. 

Topshop Unique SS17 Credit: Isidore Montag

43. Get a perm

Completely terrifying but the Japanese digital version gives soft waves rather than corkscrews. Still,  one for the brave.

44. Layer your one-shouldered top 

A one-shouldered top need not induce flashbacks to the school disco. Bamboozle the mean girls by wearing over a roll-neck. 

45. Chain-strap bags, those symbols of the lady who lunches, are still happening.

At the Mother of Pearl’s new website you can buy individual chains. 

From £80, Mother of Pearl

46. Adopt a new trouser shape

 Like pleated...

£25.99, Zara

47. Or carpenter

£495, Burberry

48. Or paper-bag 

£44.95, Gap

49. Or wide

£49.99, H&M

50. Or - yes - a chino

£85, Jigsaw

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