The easiest way to shop smart? Knowing exactly what’s coming next. Here’s our pick of the best sales buys still available, all tailored to fit into next season’s biggest trends.
Fashion and Words: Olivia Phillips
Karen Millen monochrome jumper dress, £55
Eminently chic, Karen Millen’s streamlined jumper dress nails the monochrome AND minimalism trends effortlessly. Catwalk styling dictates you wear it with black and white accessories only.
Karen Millen striped dress, £60
We’re backing Beetlejuice stripes in a big way for spring, as seen everywhere from Marc Jacobs to Dolce & Gabanna. This dress is a perfect example of the trend’s bold confidence.
Office colour-blocked flats, £20
The Sixties have swung back into fashion favour – get ahead of the curve with Office’s Mondrian-inspired flats.
Office white loafers, £25
Team Office’s modish white patent loafers with a monochrome mini and an air of nonchalance à la Edie Sedgwick.
Swarovski crystal ring, £70
A fabulous chunky cocktail ring like Swarovski’s is the ultimate trans-seasonal buy. This one looks ultra-luxe and is a touch modernist – big news for spring.
Topshop metallic dress, £90
Foil-effect colour was all over the catwalks – get ahead of the curve now with Topshop’s cutout cocktail dress. Made for dancing!
Ted Baker snakeskin pumps, £80
From Preen to Erdem, snakeskin’s exotic allure permeated the spring/ summer 2013 collections. Ted Baker’s pumps are therefore automatically on trend – but we’ve also fallen for the sculptural banana heel.
Reiss mint dress, £89
According to Pantone, green is the colour of the year. More specifically, mint, if the catwalks are anything to go by. Team this flattering Fifties-style dress with pin-sharp heels to avoid cutesy connotations.
Reiss white clutch, £77
Clean lines and a futuristic feel make Reiss’ white clutch an ode to minimalism. Pair with razor-sharp tailoring for a slick eveningwear alternative.
Warehouse floppy hat, £12
Saint Laurent’s hazy, Seventies rock chick collection meant that we’re looking to Stevie Nicks for wardrobe inspiration this summer. Essential? A wide-brimmed floppy hat.
Topshop Silver heels, £45
J Brand at My-wardrobe.com sheer sleeveless top, £75
Combining both sheer and patchwork trends, J Brand’s graphic top looks fabulous with a fitted white pencil skirt.
Karl at Net-a-Porter.com monochrome jacket, £87.49
Sharp tailoring and a monochrome palette will always result in striking effect. It also happens to be one of spring’s most important trends.
French Connection White dress, £60
French Connection’s slick minidress is a trend trifecta – white (tick), minimal (tick), and also a subtle nod towards the Oriental trend with a slight kimono feel.
Joie Harvey Nichols snake shirt, £61
Softly tailored shirting is really not going anywhere in terms of covetability. Joie’s snake-print version will inevitably become a really hard-working element in your wardrobe, perfect with both pencil skirts and denim.
Diane von Furstenberg at Harvey Nichols pink trousers, £53
A simplistic cut combined with a vibrant, feelgood colour is fashion gold. Opt for a completely unfussy look by teaming these DVF trousers with a blazer and sleek white heels.
Marks and Spencer printed trousers, £14
Add exotic appeal to your look with Marks and Spencer’s Oriental print trousers. They have new-season optimism written all over them
Mango zig zag top, £29.99
Mango takes this season’s power stripes and injects them with even more energy by making them zig zag. The preppy sequin collar is an added bonus.
Mango patchwork dress, £9.99
Think 2011’s colour-blocking trend but with textures in place of shades. A modernist element also makes Mango’s graphic shift a judicious next-season buy.
H&M green sequin mini, £10
Bold and totally party-ready, what’s not to love about H&M’s emerald sequin mini? Metallic AND in the colour of 2013, it’s the perfect trans-seasonal purchase.
The Kooples lace top at Selfridges, £93
White will always be on-trend for summer, but this season it’s more about its potential incarnations. Crochet, cutwork, or embroidery – like this top from The Kooples.
Oasis tartan mini skirt, £20
Nineties grunge is back with a bang which means plaid, dark florals and Nirvana’s Nevermind on repeat. Team Oasis’ tartan skirt with a denim shirt for a nod to Kurt ‘n’ Court.
H&M hologram trainers, £7
We’ve fallen hard for the iridescent charms of the hologram trend. H&M’s trainers combine this with sports-luxe; two trends in one. A win-win if you ask us.
Zoe Karssen Boys T-shirt at ASOS, £26
Zoe Karssen’s Boys T-shirt is a subtle way to work the grunge trend. Alternatively, team it with low-slung skinny jeans and fringed boots for a Parisian cool-girl vibe.
House of Holland striped skirt, £30
Spring’s prison break stripes don’t come more arresting than the ones on House of Holland’s vibrant tube skirt. Work a street style angle and clash with a contrast print.
Kenneth Jay Lane earrings at ASOS, £22
Spring’s catwalks were awash with Chinoiserie-inspired outfits. A really wearable way to tap into the trend? Oriental-inspired earrings.
Zara cutout LBD, £29.99
Cutout detailing at the waist is the new flesh to flash. It’s a subtle sex appeal that Zara’s LBD has in spades.
Zara blue court shoes, £29.99
The architectural shape and bold blue shade of Zara’s courts will transform simple separates. The accessories maketh the outfit, you know.
Accessorize pocket tote, £12
Structured bags are the pinnacle of ladylike polish – and they’re definitely here to stay for next season. Accessorize’s taupe style has a front pocket, too – one of those tiny details which marks you out as in the know.
Monsoon sequin pencil skirt, £24
Metallics and a graphic motif make Monsoon’s sequined pencil skirt a winner in our book. Team it with a crisp white shirt in the office (yes, sequins in the office are allowed), or a silk vest for evening.
Urban Outfitters sequin sweatshirt, £22
The coolest catwalk shows were championing the slogan sweatshirt; cheeky, witty and cult hits in the making. Urban Outfitters’ Fifties tattoo style has off-duty cool written all over it.
Pied A Terre cocoon coat at House of Fraser, £70
Gently sloping shoulders and cocoon shapes are still going strong into spring, making Pied A Terre’s cobalt coat a winning buy. Layer it over cropped black trousers and a turtleneck for a runway-inspired look.
Dune doctor’s bag at House of Fraser, £70
We love a purchase that is not only on-trend but also somewhat perennial. Case in point, Dune’s elegant structured navy doctor’s bag, the epitome of ladylike appeal.
Coast bib necklace, £12
Power pieces don’t come more fabulous than Coast’s gem-embellished bib necklace. We’d pair it with a grey marl sweatshirt and printed skirt.
Jaeger Boutique B jumper, £60
Initial jumpers have been bubbling under for a few seasons now – a little bit preppy, a little bit sporty, they have the ability to make your oldest pair of jeans look cool and considered. Sold.
Jaeger Boutique A-line skirt, £30
Mod is a huge story for spring – get ahead now with Jaeger Boutique’s Sixties-style skirt. Be brave and team with little white boots.
Hobbs red shift dress, £99
There’s something Belle de Jour about Hobbs’ retro-style red shift dress. We recommend layering it over a black turtleneck and embracing spring’s Sixties mood wholeheartedly.
Wallis red blazer, £20
The power suit still holds sartorial weight for spring and Wallis’ bold red blazer is a very good starting point. Team with matching trousers, pin-point heels and an I-mean-business attitude.
John Lewis Collection monochrome jumper, £20
Clean, bold and monochrome, John Lewis Collection’s turtleneck knit has spring/ summer 2013 all sewn up. It also cleverly balances being a neutral, wear-with-everything staple with an element of interest.
Tara Jarmon metallic top at Net-a-Porter.com, £82
A boxy, T-shirt-style top feels really fresh. Wear this Tara Jarmon one slightly oversized with a pair of immaculately tailored, ankle-length trousers.
Phillip Lim cropped trousers at Harvey Nichols, £50
Cobalt blue is one of those shades which consistently looks new and exciting. Combine that with Phillip Lim’s skillful tailoring and you have a pair of trousers that will see you well into next season and beyond.
Acne pussybow blouse at Harvey Nichols, £80
Think Seventies rock-chic and team Acne’s diaphanous pussybow blouse with low-slung skinny black trousers and a wide-brim floppy hat.
Diane von Furstenberg houndstooth skirt at Matches, £72
Embodying the colour, zip and energy of the Sixties, DVF’s coquettish houndstooth mini is a one-stop solution to spring’s modish trend.
J Crew gem necklace, £82.63
Jewels like J Crew’s floral-style necklace are a godsend for updating simple separates. Plus anything this sparkly will never fail to put a smile on our face.
Coast glitter sandals, £29
There’s a movement towards more minimal footwear for spring - Coast’s navy sandals are an elegant example. Simple, pared-back and truly classic.
Wallis black tassel necklace, £7
Wallis’ black tasseled necklace touches on the Indochine trend without the full commitment of bold prints and rich jewel tones.
Wallis snakeskin peep-toes, £19.75
A pair of snakeskin peep-toes are guaranteed to add instant va-va voom to your look. Snake also happens to be spring’s animal print of choice. So much chicer than leopard, no?