Spring ahead

Get a sneak peek at the season's hottest fashion trends

It’s just about time to slough off your many layers of winter clothing and say goodbye to heavy wools and tweeds. What better way to greet the new season than with a few new clothes or accessories? Here are five of spring’s most wearable trends. Get ready to inject a little feminine fun into your everyday wardrobe.

You’ll find this ultra-feminine, floral-looking detail on just about everything from jackets and skirts to shoes and bags.
How to wear them: Think of eyelets as a more durable alternative to softer-looking fabrics, such as printed silk or lace. Balance the super-sweet factor with more masculine pieces, such as tailored pants or jeans. Eyelets typically come in white, but there are also more wearable (read: black) options out there.

Ruffles and tiers continue to be strong trends. A few are often all that’s needed to make a statement.
How to wear them: Stick to simple shapes such as fitted camisoles, shirts and skirts. Use ruffles and tiers strategically: draw attention to your natural assets (if you’ve got fab legs, a knee-length, ruffle-edged skirt is a great choice) or camouflage body parts (a tiered cami can add volume to a flat chest).

Slip on a pair of knee-length shorts or wide-leg cropped pants. You’ll may be surprised: they’re not as difficult to wear as you think!
How to wear them: If you opt for shorts, stick to a just-above-the-knee length and a hip-skimming, tailored fit. If shorts are still too much of a leap, check out a pair of wide-leg cropped pants. Both look smart with a pretty top, a cropped jacket and neutral heels, which keep the outfit looking far from beachy.

If you need a new tote this spring, go big. Whether you prefer a slouchy bag or something with more structure, there will be no shortage of large-and-in-charge styles to choose from.
How to wear it: You can update and change your whole look with a new bag. Pick something in a bright colour, with a glimmering metallic finish or lots of interesting details, such as a woven handle and tassels.

Throw a belt over anything and everything in your closet and presto chango – you’ve got a new look. What could be simpler?
How to wear it: Update a blazer, sweater, vest, dress or even an untucked shirt with a simple belt. Choose something that will stand out, such as a really wide black or brown belt, a skinny one in white or something with an embellishment, such as lacy cut-outs.