Fashion

Kimono kool

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For days when it's too hot for coats and too cool for bare arms, reach for a kimono. These cover-up marvels are the perfect antidote for those in-betweeny summer days.

Escape in style

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

Score a style hat trick

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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

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

Shades of summer

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

Dapper dads ahoy!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 www.coast-stores.com

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 (www.mothercare.com)

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 (www.east.co.uk)

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

Gown and out

Cate Blanchett Armani Prive at the Oscars at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles

And the award for Best Dressed goes to... There's no official style accolade for winners on the red carpet, but you wouldn't know it with the amount of column inches the awards season spectacle racks up.

Mono mania

Monochrome geo print cardigan, £28, check woven top, £20; white pencil skirt, £25; all BHS (www.bhs.co.uk)

If you're not quite ready to leap onto spring's key trends, go back to black and white basics instead.

Fashion week's front runners

Cara Delevingne leading out models onto the catwalk during the Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2014 show at Perks Field, Kensington Gardens, London

The style merry-go-round of clothing collections has stopped spinning for another season.Over five whirlwind days, 77 designers showcased their Autumn/Winter 2014 collections at London Fashion Week.

Jean therapy

Hobbs NW3 Boyfriend jeans, £79, Hobbs (www.hobbs.co.uk)

There are trends that fade in and out, and then there is steadfast denim.