By Tamsin Eames
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Glorious sunshine has been hotting up April so far; teasing us into believing the Welsh summer may be on track to be a bright one (fingers crossed). But with beautiful weather scheduled into our diaries, it is important to have a wardrobe equally as beautiful.
Luckily, St David’s did all the fashionable thinking for us on Saturday and Sunday when it previewed the must-have Spring/Summer trends at its first Fashion Weekender of 2011.
The catwalks showcased some fabulous looks that are definitely worth trying this season. Here’s a pick of our favourites.
Floral maxi dresses
To look like a supermodel, you’re going to have to go to great lengths – floor-skimming lengths in fact. When teamed with flat sandals, the maxi dress is a simple and effective way to bring a touch of elegance and glamour into a casual look; perfect for a barbecue. Choose bright florals with matching coloured bangles to give it the summer wow factor.
When the sun has got his hat on, so should you. Oversized floppy straw hats paired with floaty bold-patterned dresses inject a funky retro style from fashion’s favourite decade. Bianca Jagger, eat your heart out.
Sleek and sophisticated
Playing dress-up with bold prints, clashing colours and retro cuts may be fun, but sometimes it’s a tricky business finding a balance between fashion-forward and work-appropriate. Sticking to a figure-hugging monochrome outfit is not only a simple yet striking look for the office, but fantastic for flattering your silhouette.
And for men… plain shirts and trousers
Less is definitely more for men this season. Keep it simple with fitted, structured shirts and suit trousers. Button your shirt to the top to create a smart work style but when hometime comes, opt for a relaxed look with rolled-up sleeves and a loose open-collar.