Do you dare to wear this season's hot new trends? Words: Rebecca Bryant of the Style Dynamo
Gingham, suede and leather, fringing, double denim, and white. No, this is not the dress list for a hot new club in Dalston, but the latest trends to add to your spring/summer 2015 wardrobe. With London Fashion Week arriving on our doorstep in the next few weeks, it's all about showing off our fashion knowhow, dahling.
Baulking at the idea of looking like an extra on Little House on the Prairie? Yep. Us too. But you don't have to go all out in this season's looks. In fact, you can incorporate a trend without looking like a fashion victim.
Once a staple in your wardrobe (as in primary school uniform), you better check this trend out. Pigtails aside, grown-ups can work square prints into their spring/summer wardrobes. The key is to keep it simple. Wear a small check shirt such as this fresh Longboat gingham piece, £35, White Stuff, under a round-necked sweater - an instant update to a classic look. Or you could try a pencil skirt, £35 from Miss Selfridge. Wear with a soft-fitted white blouse or coloured rollneck and ballet pumps to channel understated chic.
2 Suede and leather
Put away the studs and get ready to embrace a softer, subtle leather or suede style. With a palette of navy, camel and soft pastels, these textures have been adapted to suit the office and the nightclub. Take this navy Jaegar suede dress for example. Or try this camel suede button-up skirt, £45, from Dorothy Perkins. And for hardcore leather fans, you can add a biker jacket to your repertoire but try a lighter colour such as this off-white Todd Lynn version, £250 from Debenhams. Absolutely gorgeous with your faded denims or over a floaty summer dress.
Of course, you can go high ho silver or take your cue from the fringing all over the spring/summer 2015 catwalks. This white tassel sweater, £45 from Next, nails the tassels without looking too OTT, while this Indigo Collection jacket, £39.50 is a nod to the 30s and a long Indian Summer. If tassels are a bit too much fuss to wear, you could always snap up a suede bag with fringing, such as this satchel available in the summer at Debenhams.
4 Double denim
Double denim does not necessarily mean double trouble. You can work the all-in-blue look and even dungarees (shock horror). Forget matchy-matchy, try a lighter denim shirt with indigo jeans or even a kick flare (yes, flares are back). If you do dare to wear dungarees, make sure they're fitted (these ones, £49 from Lookagain.co.uk are perfect) and wear over a floaty blouse. Whatever you do with denim this spring/summer, push the colours to the back of the wardrobe and stick to shades of blue.
Fresh, fabulous and sexy – when worn by Kim Kardashian, a constant roller-coaster in avoiding everyday life when worn by everyone else. Undoubtedly, white can really freshen up your wardrobe but you deserve a medal if you manage to keep your all-in-white look spotless until lunch. Nevertheless, you can add fresh whites to your style. For the cruise look, try these wide-legged trousers, £36 from Next. Or opt for a sleeveless kimono-style jacket, £75 from Marks & Spencer (looks fab with washed-out denim).