Next season’s trends now: My top 5 transitional pieces


Well before we were plunged into the depths of winter, the world’s best-loved designers sent their models down the London, New York, Milan and Paris catwalks wearing what we’ll all be wearing when spring and summer arrive. But there’s no need to wait until then. Already, there are key pieces which are bang on trend for 2014, but you can already pick up now.

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Katie the window shopping loving blogger behind shares her favourite trends to invest in now and wear through winter, spring AND summer:

Collarless coats

While this winter, it’s all been about either a furry coat which looks a little bit like a teddy bear or an oversized pink duster coat, come spring, we’ll be switching to a lighter weight collarless cover-up. Rachel Zoe’s streamlined monochrome piece is stunning. But, I’ve slightly fallen in love with this completely kitsch number from Karl Donoghue’s eponymous label. It cleverly incorporates all of this winter’s trends with next spring’s – so, it has a clean, collarless cut, but it’s in the must-have hue of this season and the texture is absolutely now.

 Pretty pastels While once upon a time, warmer temperatures meant lighter shades and colder climes automatically meant we switched to darker, richer tones, now the colour rules no longer apply. This winter, the little black dress has very much been replaced by the little white dress. And, pretty pastels are set to continue being on trend well into next season. Designers have sent their models down the catwalk wearing matchy matchy pastel suits. Rather than a saccharin sweet pastel two-piece through, I’m going to be snapping up this cute peach jumpsuit, which could easily be worn with heels for the party season and then with flats and a blazer for a spot of retail therapy in the spring.

Mellow yellow

A key shade for spring/summer 2014 is yellow – whether you opt for a pale primrose, sunshine bright or mustard. And, with the grey skies of autumn and winter still upon us, yellow will add a touch of warmth to the dullest days. Designers including Prada and Roksanda Ilincic featured yellow heavily in their runway shows. I love this sleeveless shirt dress by Lovedrobe at La Redoute with its studded collar. I’m going to team it with coloured tights – not black as I don’t want to look like a wasp – along with ankle boots and a chunky-knit cardigan for winter before switching to bare legs and tan sandals when the mercury levels start to rise.

La Redoute

Wide legged trousers

After season upon season of squeezing ourselves into skinny jeans and tight-fitting leather leggings, the wide-legged look is making a come back next season. It’s an ultra-flattering style that can balance out a silhouette and can be dressed up for work by teaming with a tucked-in blouse. Or, you can dress them down when the time comes for that summer holiday, wearing sandals and a vest top for sight seeing. The hounds-tooth detailing on this pair from Wolf and Badger adds a touch of interest.

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The contrast collar

It’s long been the preserve of men in the city – the contrast shirt where the collar and the main body of the shirt are different but complimentary hues. And it’s a style that has now moved into womenswear collections. And while a shirt would look stunning with wide-legged trousers, I’m going to be wearing this trend in dress form. This dress from designers’ Helen Clinch and Myra Nigris’ Hemyca label is a beautiful feminine piece, with a retro edge. I’m going to wear mine with a classic pair of brogues.

They’re beautiful pieces that just go to show you don’t need to stick to one season when you’re investing in your wardrobe. There are lots of gorgeous trends out there now that will take you through several seasons.

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  1. All winners with me - except maybe the yellow, although I could try a bit of mustard ;-) Pastels are perfect for going into spring - will be lovely seeing them in stores after all the glitz of the party season.
    Love Vicky

  2. My favourite trends here are the collars and the pastels (although I don't think I'd wear pastels in winter - they just make me look super pale)

    Linda x

  3. I think the yellow is gorgeous (sorry Vicky, I adore yellow!). I think the pastels are perfect for spring also, next season is going to be filled with pretty florals, so pastels are just the ticket!

    I love the wide legged trousers, they wont suit me, but I do love how they look!

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