{trends} Step Into Spring with the Hottest Fashion Items

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Spring has sprung, and the sun will (hopefully) soon be peeking through the windows. Time to get out, it’s a good excuse to rejuvenate the wardrobe.  A natural optimism can be found in the latest fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2012.  A kaleidoscope of tropical colours, psychedelic patterns and downright sexy midriff tops, went straight from the catwalk and into the High Street and online boutiques. There has never been a better time to invest in beautiful designer clothes.

Hot trends include a very feminine silhouette with cinched waistlines on dresses and tops, and ruffle detailing that accentuates the hips; a subtle nod to 80s-style tailoring.  For pool-side glamour, think of a 1950s ruched bandeau that shows off a tanned and trimmed midriff.  Team this with a bold flower-print skirt or even tailored cropped pants to create the ‘wow-factor’.

Sugar-sweet pastels are all the rage for Spring/Summer 2012.  With egg-shell delicate fabrics and 60s inspired A-line dresses in a range of sorbet colours that look delicious and refreshing. 

Following along with this trend is a fondness for yellow in every Pantone shade imaginable from lemon to custard.  Yellow shades have penetrated classic suits, maxi dresses and cigarette pants and accessories.

The magpies amongst us will be glad to see that shiny, sparkling dresses and pants are hot this season.  Iridescent and shiny plastic and polymer dresses teamed with floaty and delicate flesh-toned overlays. The resulting contrast in textures is exhilarating and edgy.  

Girly lace and broderie anglais dresses in demure high cuts are very right now.  These come in pastel colours designed for modern dolls like candy pink, lilac and canary yellow.

The new Baz Luhrmann film The Great Gatsby is coming out soon. Catwalk fashion has taken inspiration from the 1920s with shiny, flapper dresses with black and white art deco detailing. Overall Spring/Summer fashion looks to be fun, frivolous and full of bold statement items.  
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