Warm up your wardrobe ready for the sun!

MAXI MAGIC.  Picture  PA Photo/Monsoon.
MAXI MAGIC. Picture PA Photo/Monsoon.
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Fear not, the sunshine months are just a hop, skip and jump away and the clothes you will wear will be more uplifting than ever.

A host of fruity prints, super brights and Studio 54 glamour await.

MAXI MAGIC. Picture: PA Photo/Jaeger.

MAXI MAGIC. Picture: PA Photo/Jaeger.

Luisa De Paula, buying and merchandising director for my-wardrobe.com, reveals her easy-to-wear tips to make your transformation to summer goddess a cinch...

Dazzling brights

Make a splash with this season’s paintbox colour palette of rainbow brights and acid neons.

Worn as a bold head-to-toe hue, or clashing colours, this is the easiest way to warm up your wardrobe for the new season.

DAZZLING BRIGHTS. Picture: PA Photo/Great Plains.

DAZZLING BRIGHTS. Picture: PA Photo/Great Plains.

“Embrace this season’s brights with neon pinks and cobalt blues in a simple shift dress or team an orange t-shirt or tank with mustard shorts and a red belt,” De Paula suggests.

For an easy take on the trend, contrast your chosen shade against black or white or use an eye-catching bright accessory for a pop of colour.

Seventies chic

There’s always a decade that dominates the catwalks - and this season the fashion world has been well and truly seduced by Seventies fever.

NATURAL BEAUTY. Picture: PA Photo/House of Fraser.

NATURAL BEAUTY. Picture: PA Photo/House of Fraser.

From button-through denim skirts and safari suits through to floaty flares and wide-brimmed hats, transport yourself back in a style time machine.

De Paula says: “Seventies is one of the biggest stories for this season.

Invest in jumpsuits, maxi dresses, flare and boot cut jeans and trousers, and elongate those legs with a killer platform shoe or wedge.”

From relaxed hippy style to Studio 54 glamour, the decade is jam-packed with retro inspirations.

SMART SPORTS. Picture: PA Photo/Mint Velvet.

SMART SPORTS. Picture: PA Photo/Mint Velvet.

Natural beauty

No nudes or neutral shades in sight for this trend. Take your cue from a wild tropical garden with bold insect prints, fruity or floral references.

“When Prada and Stella McCartney’s collections were unveiled, fruit prints became the surprise hit of the season,” De Paula explains.

“Vibrant banana and cherry prints feature alongside bold florals.”

Ditch the dainty look and stick to eye-catching bright prints to blossom.

Keep your accessories pared down to let your extravagant printwork do all the talking, or look for printed accessories for a subtle flutter of wildlife.

SEVENTIES CHIC.  Picture: PA Photo/Top Shop.

SEVENTIES CHIC. Picture: PA Photo/Top Shop.

Smart sports

Don’t fret if your gym membership hit the skids.

Some of that redundant sportswear might just translate into this season’s slick sporty look.

In reality, the look is more runway minimalist than running track sweaty.

De Paula reveals: “One of the more relaxed spring/summer trends, luxurious summer knits are layered over shorts and loose slacks.

“Cropped jackets are given a modern, sporty edge with toggles and mesh detailing.”

Flaunt the body beautiful with glam separates in silk or jersey.

“Take inspiration from the film Black Swan and work a ballet-inspired palette like soft greys and whites with splashes of soft pink and sand tones.

Maxi magic

If shorts and minis aren’t for you, maximise your look with floor-sweeping dresses and skirts.

From billowing parachute silk dresses through to no-fuss column styles, maxi lengths have real longevity for the season ahead.

“There’s a move from the usual boho styling to more of an elegant and cool look by layering knits and plain colour t-shirts over maxi skirts and smartening up long dresses with belts and blazers,” suggests De Paula.

Keep your feet on the ground with flat shoes for a modern take on the trend. Try dainty ankle boots and ballet flats for spring and toe-baring sandals for sunshine days.