If you’re struggling to master this season’s new trends then go against the grain like TV’s most popular stylist, Gok Wan.
His mantra is: “Forget the trends and choose an era instead.”
That’s exactly the thinking behind Gok’s retro-inspired third collection for TU at Sainsbury’s, which he describes as his best yet.
With high-waisted pencil skirts, swing dresses, cigarette pants and peplum tops, Gok’s aim is shape-enhancing staples that you’ll want in your wardrobe season after season.
“I’m obsessed with the Fifties,” says the man with more than 750,000 followers on Twitter. “It’s the era I love.
“The pieces are elegant with really simple, clean lines.
“I’ve pared it right down.”
Here Gok reveals his 10 insider hints and tricks to put a spring of confidence in your fashion steps this season...
1 LIGHT LAYERS
Take a rain-check on the heavy winter coats and knits and dress for the weather forecast instead.
Gok says: “If you feel more comfortable with layering, layer up but use finer materials like lightweight knits, jerseys and cottons so you’ll have that autumn/winter feel but you’re not going to overheat.”
2 print perfect
Even the least body-confident woman can still embrace this spring’s vibrant print trend.
Gok says: “You have to see what works for your body shape,” he says.
“Generally, the bigger you are, the bolder the print you wear. Smaller prints can make you look bigger.”
3 do darks
Yes, the uber-brights, pale pastels and bold prints are out there – but you don’t have to lighten up.
Gok says: “There is a styling adjustment you’ve got to make because your wardrobe needs to be climate-controlled for spring/summer season but you don’t have to steer away from darker tones like black.”
4 add movement
Make it swing for spring. While fitted pieces can look chic, fluid pieces are more comfortable on balmier days.
Gok says: “Try a piece with a circle skirt that has movement – either a tea dress style or mid-length circle skirt.”
5 tinker tailor
This is the season to find your perfect blazer that becomes your go-to spring cover-up.
Gok says: “Opt for tailoring that isn’t so fitted it feels formal but not so oversized it feels too casual. Try and find a blazer cut somewhere in-between.”
6 leg s.o.s.
Prep those pins if skirts are on your agenda. Those legs can’t stay hidden in 120 denier tights all summer.
Gok says: “Try a massage and spray tan for a body boost. If you don’t want to bare your legs, try chiffon wide-leg pleated trousers or go long with a maxi.”
7 monochrome magic
If in doubt, turn to black and white for effortless Chanel-inspired spring chic.
Gok says: “Monochrome always works. Black and white summer combos work best with sun-kissed skin so if you’re milky white, top up with self-tan for a glow.”
8 clothing detox
Organisation is key to an inviting spring/summer wardrobe. Clear out your closet and see what pieces will work for the new season.
Gok says: “Don’t confuse yourself. It’s good to have a separate spring/summer and autumn/winter section either side of your wardrobe with crossover clothes in the middle.”
9 body confidence
That dress that flaunts your muffin top? Avoid. Never wear something you’ll be checking and adjusting every five seconds.
Gok says: “Make sure you feel your most confident and only wear something you feel comfortable in. Don’t fidget.”
10 design cheats
Look for dropped hemlines, hidden support slips and tailored shoulders – some of Gok’s design tricks.
Gok says: “Make your wardrobe geared towards body solutions – it’s why I dip into eras not trends.”
Gok’s product pick - think wiggle
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If there’s one piece Gok can’t stop talking about in his TU collection at Sainsbury’s it’s the classic black pencil skirt, £30.
Gok says: “I like seeing a silhouette in a pencil skirt.
“One of the things I remember from being a stylist is trying to find a flattering mid-length pencil skirt on the high street. I think this is one of those key pieces that any woman can put on and instantly feel sexy.”