Celebrate the new season with these must-haves
1. Check mate
Remember last summer when the high street was awash with gingham? Well, it turns out the picnic blanket trend isn’t going away anytime soon. This floaty number from M&S is cute without being twee.
Checked Sheer Ruffle Hem Long Sleeve Top, £29.50, M&S Cardinal Place, Victoria Street, SW1E 5JE; marksandspencer.com
2. Earn your stripes
A lightweight trench coat is the perfect spring-summer cover-up, and Mango’s striped belted trench is a masterclass in chic trans-seasonal dressing.
Striped belted trench, £99.99, Mango, 76 Victoria St, SW1E 6SQ; shop.mango.com
3. Turning Japanese
Trendy and comfy? Turns out you can have both, thanks to these blossom (or sakura) print trousers from Zara.
Floral Trousers £29.99 Zara, 82 Victoria St, SW1E 5JL; zara.com/uk
4. Prints charming
Your boyfriend may not understand the pyjama-as-streetwear trend but your fashionable friends will think you’re totes au fait in this fab floaty shirt from Oliver Bonas.
Gallery Print Shirt, £55, Oliver Bonas, Unit 49, Victoria station, Victoria Street, SW1V 1JU; oliverbonas.com
5. Time for tea
If you invest in one thing this season, make it Monsoon’s Thea tea dress. With its beautiful button detail, ruffled sleeves and super flattering cut, it’s perfect for every spring/summer soirée.
Thea Tea Dress, £59, Monsoon, 17 Cardinal Place, Victoria St, SW1E 6SH; uk.monsoon.co.uk
6. In the bag
Cart your essentials around in this preppy leather handbag from Hobbs. Trust us, it goes with just about anything.
Chester Satchel, £179, Hobbs, 3 Cathedral Walk, SW1E 5JH; hobbs.co.uk
7. In bloom
OK, so floral patterns for spring won’t win any points for originality but this ruffled Biba dress with its esoteric print and flamenco dancer-style cut is an absolute winner.
Printed Romantic Ruffle Dress, £99, available from House of Fraser, 101 Victoria St, SW1E 6QX; houseoffraser.co.uk
8. Hoop dreams
Pretend you’re strolling through the souks of Marrakesh (when really you’re just popping down to the local supermarket) with these cool yellow gold hoops.
Geometric Hoop Earrings, £35, Accessorize, 17 Cardinal Place, Victoria St, SW1E 6SH; uk.accessorize.com