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Jan 08 2014

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Why wait? Key trends for next season you can wear now

While my little girl’s wardrobe is fit to bursting with pretty clothes, I don’t add to my own as often as I would like to. So, as we enter a New Year, I’ve made a resolution I will definitely be sticking to, treating myself to a few new pieces. But, to get the most wear, and value for money, out of what I choose, I’m going to be opting for transitional pieces, those which I can wear now but which are big trends for next season.

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Here’s my spring/summer 2014 wishlist:

The printed dress

Bold prints are set to be absolutely huge for next season. Temperley’s dresses for spring/summer 2014 are stunning creations which combine florals with animal print while Markus Lupfer’s designs were matchy matchy trousers and tops featuring florals and kitsch motifs. This dress from MeeMee gives a whole new meaning to the term leopard print. It has pretty buttons on the shoulders and could be worn with a chunky cardigan and biker boots for daytime or with black heels and a clutch bag for a dinner date.

The logo top

The 1990s is having a bit of a revival at the moment, with all the big name designers sending their models down the runways of the four big fashion capitals adorned with logos and slogans of all kinds. This top by Australian design duo Banjo and Matilda says everything I feel about my family with its “you make loving fun” logo. And it’s so versatile, it can be worn in lots of ways – with my leather jeggings and ankle boots, with a skater skirt and brogues or with shorts and sandals in the summer.

The perfect spring coat

Temperatures may still be falling but in a few weeks we’ll be able to shed our winter coats for cooler spring cover-ups. I absolutely love the straight-cut cotton trench from Mademoiselle R for La Redoute which is in one of next season’s key colours, sunshine yellow. Blumarine’s models walked the catwalk in spring yellow slouch trousers and smoking jackets while Lanvin and Saint Laurent opted for golden party frocks. But this coat is an everyday way to wear the trend, perfect for doing the school run or taking the kids to the park at the weekend. I’ll be wearing with boyfriend jeans, ankle boots a striped tee.

The metallic accessories

Metallic hues, whether in bronze, silver or gold, are another big trend for this spring. But rather than go all out with a metallic dress or pair of trousers, I’m going to be adding metallics to my wardrobe with some carefully chosen accessories. These Kurt Geiger trainers will add a luxe look to even the most casual outfit, perfect for running around after my two little ones.

The slouchy trousers

We’ve had season upon season of squeezing into skinny jeans so it was nice to see trouser shapes that were a lot slouchier for spring and summer. Designers including Helmut Lang, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Karen Walker have all embraced a much more relaxed silhouette. And this pair from Velvet by Graham and Spencer will be another hard-working addition to my wardrobe because I’ll be able to wear them with a chunky cable knit jumper and those metallic trainers while the weather is cold, but also with high heels and a slinky vest top for evenings when we manage to get a babysitter.

They’ll all be beautiful additions to my wardrobe, which can all be worn in so many ways I can definitely justify the price per wear. It means I’ll be stylish whether taking the kids to school, heading into the office or when I manage to escape for a rare dinner date with my other half.

This is a guest post from rookie lifestyle blogger Katie.

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