Well hello February!  Your arrival means spring is edging ever closer.

Granted the chill factor in Scotland still warrants a woolly jumper but there’s no harm in perusing some new season trends to prepare your dark winter wardrobe for warmer days.

The New Colour – Orange

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Zesty orange will burst its way into our lives this spring but can everyone pull it off? The main quandary with this shade is skin colour. Let’s be honest if you’re a bit over zealous with the fake tan then an orange top will only heighten your oompa loompa status.

On the other hand if you have beautifully pale Scots skin try keeping brighter orange shades away from your face as they can leave you looking washed out. A safe bet is to opt for orange accessories instead. 

Lucky ladies with dark hair and olive skin wear this trend best and should experiment with tropical colours alongside creamier shades. Be inspired by J.Mendel‘s Spring Summer show then hit the high street to snap up your own perfect shade.

The New Day Bag – The Mini Cross Body Bag

Say goodbye to aching bag arm. Slinging that giant tote over your poor wrists inevitably leads to injury so opt for a colourful mini bag and scale down your everyday essentials. Unless you’re a makeup artist you don’t need to cart around a whole palette of lipstick or a giant bottle of hairspray.

So get rid of non-essentials and feel a stone lighter just by ditching that suitcase you’ve been dragging to work every day. Two of my favourite bags come from Harvey Nichols and ASOS – one affordable the other worth saving for.

The New Jacket – The Bomber

Bomber jackets don’t instantly scream chic but they’ve been renovated for Spring with a sleeker shape and soft luxurious fabrics. To avoid looking like an 80s rapper team your bomber with a classic shirt and pencil skirt or well tailored trousers and metallic shoes.

Have a look for metallic versions of this trend like the Isabel Marant jacket below to wear with jeggings and pumps. For inspiration check out Proenza Shouler and Chanel then snap up this affordable look on the high street.

The New Print – Monochrome Stripes

Marc Jacobs championed this trend in a big way at the Spring Summer shows. This catwalk look is eminently wearable so how do you choose the best stripe for you? Horizontal lines make you look wider whilst vertical stripes elongate the body.

To flatter a curvy figure and accentuate your height opt for a shirt with vertical lines. For those with a boyish figure wear dresses with horizontal stripes to create curves.

Think like Miranda Kerr and wear a striped t-shirt and colourful separates to add instant interest to a simple daytime outfit. Thin monochrome stripes are a sound investment and look great with classic white tailoring.

If you’re feeling more adventurous clash bold stripes with subtle graphic prints and experiment with chevrons, zig zags and optical patterns. These striped dresses are perfect for work, post work drinks and weekend functions.