Six trends I'll be trying out this season (and my favourite pieces in store now)...

Around this time of year, every year, I fall into a bit of a style rut. New trends emerge, and after months of wearing nothing but workwear, oversized jumpers and skinny jeans, it's as if I've forgotten other clothes even exist. This time around though, I've decided the best way forward is to pick a few trends I'm drawn to, and try them out, instead of letting myself get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of different trends. There are a few I will definitely be steering clear of; it probably won't surprise you to learn that I'm generally not into neon or tie dye, and cycling shorts have never been part of my wardrobe.

Animal print has always been a bit of a safety blanket for me and it's a trend I will definitely be embracing again this season. Leopard print, zebra print, snake print and even tiger print look set to become staple pieces of every high street wardrobe over the next few months. Given that it's a trend which seems to bounce back every season, it's a great one to invest in and pair with more versatile, pared back pieces you probably already own. Oversized jumpers for the colder days, and baggy t-shirts for the warmer ones, worn with a pair of boots or trainers, and you can't go wrong. Animal print doesn't need to be in your face either, so if you like to keep things simple, it's definitely still an option.

At the opposite end of the spectrum. 50 shades of beige is a trend I'm very keen to get my hands on. Not only does it go hand in hand with animal print, but it's incredibly versatile and suits all skin tones/hair colours. Trench coats are set to make a huge reappearance on the scene this year, and given the amazing weather we've been having throughout February I'm hoping heavier coats are a thing of the past until winter rolls round again. Darker beige, verging on brown, is ideal for the tail end of winter and the start of spring, but lighter beige and off-white will be perfect for summer. Really, it's a win win.am

Although I have a soft spot for keeping things simple, I'm not averse to adding a few extra details to an outfit to add interest. If the catwalk is anything to go by, headwear is the way forward, with bows, pearl hair clips and alice bands putting in multiple appearances. My only reservation is that I'm instantly reminded of the late nineties when I think of hair accessories, but they certainly seem to have been given a bit of an upgrade since my primary school days. Not that I wouldn't love to try out a velvet alice band with my name on it nowadays...

One of the SS19 trends I've never really dabbled in before is the utility trend. I wouldn't describe myself as being a girly girl when it comes to fashion, but I've also never been a tomboy and as such, the utility trend has never really appealed to me. Last year I bought a khaki shacket and I was absolutely obsessed with it, pairing it with delicate dresses and slogan tees. This year I've bought a dark khaki shirt from Primark and I'm already a huge fan, which has got me thinking about how else I can embrace the utility trend. It's quite an easy one to combine with both the animal print and the beige trend, so I'm looking forward to challenging myself just a little. When summer really kicks in, I love the idea of utility style shorts. Until then, I think I'll probably stick to shirts, jackets and dresses.

For the last few years I've been partial to a good blazer. Don't get me wrong, I've bought my fair share of awful ones too, but I've learned from my mistakes and I'm thrilled to see that blazers are sticking around. Typically speaking, I opt for oversized blazers in on-trend block colours, but I've seen a few really great looking patterned ones doing the rounds too, so I might pick one up at some stage soon and see how many different ways I can style it out. Something I didn't expect to love is a belted blazer, so I've already picked up a belt bag to give it a proper try and see if that's a version of the trend I can actually pull off. I never attempted bum bags, but I've a feeling I might be able to pull off belt bags and blazers.

And last but by no means least, the boho trend. This is the one which, for me, epitomises everything that's wonderful about summer. Fringing, crochet, and prairie-style dresses absolutely scream festival fashion to me and as I love nothing more than spending an afternoon in the sunshine listening to great music, it's something I look forward to every single year. Once the boho-style dresses come out of the wardrobe and into rotation, you know summer has arrived. Teamed with a utility style shacket and cowboy-inspired boots, it's guaranteed to be a winning combination for pretty much everyone!

With so many new trends to try out, I think it's just about time to Marie Kondo the hell out of my wardrobe, to free up some space and rediscover some older, unloved pieces. I've got a huge vacuum packed bag of summer clothes stored under the bed, and whilst I don't think we're quite there yet with being able to unpack those and resign some winter clothes into storage, the countdown is definitely on. Until then, I guess I'll be heading out to the high street to see if I can pick up some on-trend bargains!

L xxx

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