Grey matter


If black and navy are the fallback colours for autumn/winter, then grey is the new neutral on the block.

Back to cool


A sticky, heatwave can melt away the foundations of your working wardrobe in an instant.

Club Tropicana


If you don't have a plane ticket booked for the tropics, get some exotic escapism via your closet.

It's all white


If you've overdosed on bright colour, zingy neons and bold prints so far this summer, make a clean break with white. The coolest shade of the season is the ideal tonic for the heatwave months.

Get shorty


Once the barometer rises, so too do hemlines. But forget skirts and dresses that come with the risk of a Marilyn Monroe-style flash - shorts are 'the' practical solution for summer leg exposure.

Escape in style


Whether you're globetrotting or weekending in Whitstable, a well-packed suitcase can make or break your holiday style.

Score a style hat trick


The sporting calendar is virtually impossible to avoid this summer. Admit defeat and channel your favourite tournament with this season's sports luxe trend.

Best dressed guest


Forget the bikini season panic. There's nothing like a summer event dress code to put you in a fashion spin.

Shades of summer


It's not officially summer until you've got a shiny new pair of sunglasses on your head.

Dapper dads ahoy!


When it comes to fashion, fathers can be stuck in their wardrobe ways: unlikely to be swayed by the latest catwalk trends and nonplussed by celebrity style icons.

Cosset cossie confidence


Nothing says 'holiday' like a new bikini or swimsuit - or three. With so much swimwear variety, it's difficult to select just one piece for your suitcase.

Check it out


If stripes feel too straight and you're not dotty about spots, checks are the prints you need to, er, check out this season.

Painted ladies


Join the art movement this summer for a new take on prints. No design classes or paint brushes necessary - the high street has come up with its own wearable works of art.

True blue style


Forget pastels, bypass black and ignore neutrals. In case you were in any doubt about the colour of the season, it's cobalt blue.

Stomp into summer


Study the shoe shelves closely and you'll notice a curious footwear evolution. Slim stilettos and skinny soles are being ousted for clumpy platforms and chunky frames.

Watch the (pink) birdy

Tu at Sainsbury's flamingo motif jumper, £20 (available in stores)

Fashion is taking flight this season, with bird prints aplenty. But there's one species that's winging its way to the top of every wish list - flamingos.

Fashion's candy crush saga

Blanca dress, £135; Coast

Avoiding the super-sweet temptations of Easter is always tricky, but this season there are more than just chocolate eggs to contend with.

Singin' in the rain

Rain24 mac, £145; colour block rubberboots, from £70; both Ilse Jacobsen (01892 537241)

April is the month when rain traditionally strikes, turning a stylish look into a soggy mess in 15 seconds flat.

Children should be seen and not herd

Little Bird by Jools Lightwash Dungarees, from £15, available in sizes 6 months to 5 years, Mothercare (

Going shopping for the smaller people in your life is an absolute dream. They can get away with any trend they fancy, you don't need to consider flattering fits or muffin tops and everything is generally a whole lot cheaper, giving you free rein to splurge and emerge with freshly spruced wardrobe, without breaking the bank.

In full bloom

Victoire floral coat, £150; Blythe print blouse, £45; Victoire print skirt, £69; all East (

Bouquets may look pretty in vases, but why not try wearing your blooms too?