Although catwalks have already finished showing their Autumn Winter 09 collections it normally takes at least six months to a year for their collections to be redesigned to be commercially viable. After all who can afford thousands of pounds for the latest designer dresses.
Last years catwalk collections are just starting to filter into the high street now, although somewhat toned down from the extravagant (and very expensive) designs!
So here is a summary of the key fashion trends for this spring...
Dresses and tops are updated with light colourful florals and ditzy prints.
Last years nautical theme is revisited and stripes are still big news, although this time is the thinner stripes that are on trend. Look for navy and black stripes over a white background.
Body Con Dress
This seasons hottest dress is definitely the body con dress. Debate surrounds its true meaning, is it body conscious or body contoured? Both equally apply as its a style for those with a curvy 10 or 12 as the material is very figure hugging.
Another 80's revival piece is the playsuit. Keep it printed and colourful for the day and choose a little black version for the evenings. Not got leg confidence? Then perhaps a jumpsuit will suit better with its full leg coverage.
Straight from the catwalk is block design. Think dark lower half and bright top. This style is very handy at hiding larger hips or a big bum.
Last years checks get and fashion overhaul. Think detailed patterning on shirts over tight jeans.
The one shoulder dress was paraded on the catwalks and its a fashion trend accessible to all. Although best suited to those with shoulders they want to show off.
The Mini Dress
Like the body con dress this is another style for those with slim figures. Dress lengths are going to be very short this summer.
The Bandeau Dress
Take an symmetric dress and remove the other shoulder and your there. Very soft and feminine, this trend is perfect for those long hot summer months.
Essential swimwear for this season are cut out (or cut away) one piece swimsuits. The more daring you are the more cut away they should be. Asymmetric swimwear and bikinis also featured in a lot of swimwear collections.
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