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.
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.
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.
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.
13. Say it with flowers...
14. On your feet...
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.
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?
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.
25. Your boots should be block heeled
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.
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.
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.
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.
39. On ears...
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.
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.
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.