Want to stay on trend. The key, I've found, is to be aware of changes in fashion without being enslaved to them. Here are the top trends for spring 2016 and how best to handle them.
1. BRIGHT CORALS
Coral can be a tricky colour to wear as it can wash you out. It's more successful when worn in moderation. Coral is more successful on darker skins or worn in moderation.
What you should wear: A little goes a long way, so nod to the trend with a detail.
Designers always have a thing for shine - probably because it makes for a good catwalk shot.
What you should wear: Wear a little bit of metallic with black or white to bring the temperature down a notch. Don't add too much in the way of accessories, and certainly don't be tempted to add silver eyeliner - it's easy to get carried away. Try bronze or pewter rather than the more obvious gold and silver. Then again, silver shoes are surprisingly useful at waking up any outfit.
3. THE NEW SEE-THROUGH
See-through can be a hard trend to pull off if you're not built like a silver birch twig - it requires consideration.
What you should wear: Try lace/crochet mix dress or get just a hint of reveal.
4. NOD TO THE PAST
High necklines, those puff sleeves, bib fronts . . . they're all on the agenda for spring. As are ruffles and acres of lace - frequently in the same ensemble.
What you should wear: Choose dusty, antique colours, have an assignation with pintucks with lovely olden-day lace. But do soup these up with a 21st-century attitude - jeans, ankle boots, whatever - so that you don't go all Eliza Doolittle on us.
5. MODERN TIE-DYE
Tie-dye is an unexpected trend to have turned up, but done in a simple and classy way it can be very fetching.
What you should wear: Go for subtle earthy tones and swirling neutrals. Keep the line simple and never wear with espadrilles.
6. DECKCHAIR STRIPES
Brash, broad, deckchair-like stripes are just the thing to wear this spring - they've been called 'super stripes'.
What you should wear: Make your stripes bold and broad, but choose a top or bottoms, not both.
7. ROMANTIC RUFFLES
This can be tricky to wear, which make it very easy to look as if you've ventured out wearing a valance.
What you should wear: Minimise the ripple effect, not a fandango in the face.
8. SPORTY BUT NICE
A Nineties revival is in progress right now, with 'leisure luxe' coming up large. Sporty vests and joggers are big.
What you should wear: Slimline joggers are back on the agenda. Or perhaps, develop a yen for bomber jackets
9. GROWN-UP DENIM
Denim is currently very fashionable, but only if it's grown-up.
What you should wear: Go pale, go distressed, go for a looser shape.
10. SLEEVES - THE BIGGER THE BETTER
Sleeves are massive this season, both figura
tively and literally, like puff sleeves and billowing sleeves.
What you should wear: Aim for a bit of wit rather than full-blown costume drama. A mannish shirt with voluminous sleeves should do the trick.