Fashion: Staying ahead of the pack

Jacket, �50; skirt, �28, both River Island; shoes, �68, Topshop
Jacket, �50; skirt, �28, both River Island; shoes, �68, Topshop
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IT is time to de-clutter the cupboard and scale back your wardrobe to make way for a much more minimal approach to fashion.

As spring/summer collections start filtering into shops, they bring with them a streamlined feeling.

1: Jacket, �275; white with yellow collar shirt, �160; patterned trousers, �175, all Jaeger; shoes, �125, Whistles

1: Jacket, �275; white with yellow collar shirt, �160; patterned trousers, �175, all Jaeger; shoes, �125, Whistles

It is about soft structured lines, sticking to block colours and a much smarter side of the style spectrum.

Dior’s spring/summer collection showed us the importance of selecting a great coat and soft tailoring, while Jonathan Sunders executed a style lesson in the two piece, be it skirt and shirt or skinny trouser suit.

Shirts are still a very strong trend coming into spring/summer. They should be in soft chiffon fabrics that carry a lot of movement in them. To counteract the romantic feeling of the fabric, button up to collar for a solid appearance.

Sharp blazers and structured trousers can be mixed and matched to create one outfit. Keep within the same colour tones to make sure the look remains put together.

Black sequin dress with white collar, �145, Urban Outfitters

Black sequin dress with white collar, �145, Urban Outfitters

Textured fabrics were a massive hit on the runways. If you want to opt for different textures in top and bottoms then choose a plain fabric in between to break up the texture clash.

You don’t have to shy away from bold colours. Orange and red looks great teamed with panelled pencil skirts in black in white. Take a leaf out of Dior’s book and wear a blazer as a top. If you do this then remember to get a blazer in as small a size as you can fit into to avoid gaping.

If you fancy taking this look out for an evening, find a frock that has a collar on it and keep all accessories firmly to a minimum. Fight the urge to put anything on over the top of this look. Remember, it is streamlined so adding accessories will only make your outfit appear fussy.

As for the feet, say goodbye to the built-in platform and hello to a pointed spiky stiletto. Your ankle and front of the foot are about as much flesh as you want to show.

Lilac shirt, �110; zigzag trousers �85, both Whistles

Lilac shirt, �110; zigzag trousers �85, both Whistles

Jacket, �155, Whistles; white and green top, �32, Topshop

Jacket, �155, Whistles; white and green top, �32, Topshop

Jacket, �35; Redherring striped shirt, �30; Jasper Conran black and white patterned trousers, �45, all Debenhams

Jacket, �35; Redherring striped shirt, �30; Jasper Conran black and white patterned trousers, �45, all Debenhams