Style advice

Your clothing conundrums answered by our panel of Sussex stylistas

Sarah Lidstone from Cape Scarlett in HorshamI really like the 1970s vibe that magazines tell me is ‘in’ this season, but I think I’m rather too old to wear it head to toe. How can I nod to the trend without looking like I’m in fancy dress?The key here is in the question – this season brings a Seventies ‘vibe’ and therefore picking one or two  pieces to update your existing wardrobe is a great way to keep on-trend without feeling OTT.  Tunics are fantastic and wonderfully versatile – worn as a dress or a top they will instantly update your look. As far as these go, the brighter the better! Flares are also great fun for summer. If you would rather tone it down, opt for a pair of wide leg trousers – as stylish but much more elegant!www.capescarlett.comTel: 01403 754 445

Chrissie from the Leaping Hare, in Sheffield ParkHow do I make the transition from my winter wardrobe to spring?Wind chime (pictured) is our favourite colour this spring. A beautiful long cardigan or pretty top  with a splash of colour added in a scarf of palest pinks, blues, greens and twilight mauve will brighten your day and your wardrobewww.handbagsandcashmere.co.ukTel: 01825 790 099

Helene Morris from Neilson Boutique, in HorshamAre there any key wardrobe pieces from last spring/summer that can be carried over to this year?Cropped pants are still a key trend this year. Try rolling up any straight leg pants or jeans to achieve the same look, or edge up your outfit by adding some zing with spring’s bright hues.Your wedges from last year will come in handy if you’re going with the Seventies vibe and investing in some flares: unless your legs are like Elle Macpherson’s you will need wedges to pull off this trend!Don’t get rid of any little jackets you invested in last spring, just freshen up with a new t-shirt and add a pop of colour with a scarf. When you’re shopping, think about how you can team new items with last year’s favourites.www.neilsonboutique.co.ukTel: 01403 241048

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