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Spring Blog

The new season ranges have arrived at The Centre, Livingston with an array of stylish offerings guaranteed to tempt you to revamp your wardrobe in the hottest spring looks. Whether you’re looking for pops of spring colour, bold prints, chic dresses or swoon-worthy accessories, we’ve put together an overview of wardrobe must-haves, all available from retailers in The Centre.

The SS18 runways were alive with contrasting styles - from elegant and understated tonal dressing to a vibrant mix of textures, bold colours and statement pieces. While some catwalks embraced an 80s vibe with puffed sleeves, slouch boots and statement shoulders, others opted for a dash of power dressing with tailored shorts suits.

One of the hottest trends this season is romantic pastels - a sweet mix of gelato shades including lush mint greens, rosy millennial pinks, cool lemon sorbet and soft baby blues. Why not instantly update your look by adding a cute circle cross-body bag to your ensemble, £20, Accessorize. The minimal design, with a front pocket and top zip fastening, lets the dreamy pop of luscious lilac do all the talking. (Image 1)

Paperbag detailing on trousers and skirts offers a chic twist on wardrobe staples – we can’t resist Miss Selfridge’s cropped paperbag trousers in pastel pink, £35 – team with a plain white tee and white sneakers for daytime or a blouse and heels for an evening out. (Image 2)

For a wardrobe investment that’s guaranteed to have longevity, invest in some stylish denim pieces that are sure to be your go-to items this spring. For a romantic look opt for a three-quarter sleeve bardot midi dress from M&S for £39.50 (Image 3) or try something a little different with denim this season and team a pair of high waist denim and tapestry mix shorts with a crop top and sandals for a quirky, youthful vibe, £25.99, New Look. (Image 4)

Crayola brights are a key look this season – from primary red, yellow and blue – to vibrant green and punchy orange. For a bold statement look try colour clashing vivid shades such as blue and red or for a more toned-down ensemble opt for individual blocks of colour.

Bring a spot of sunshine to your day with a tailored yellow tux-style sleeveless playsuit, £60, from River Island – team with embellished sandals or traditional yellow courts and contrasting blue and green accessories for a look that’s bang on trend. (Image 5)

If the idea of rocking primary colours across your whole outfit is a little scary, why not add a simple pop of colour with some vibrant accessories?! Primark has a funky pair of blue platforms for just £14 (Image 6) and Oasis in Debenhams has some beautiful colour pop yellow gem earrings for £8. (Image 7)

Stripes are always a spring favourite and SS18 is no different, though the emphasis is on bold lines, zig zags and a vintage beachwear vibe rather than horizontal lines with a traditional nautical feel.

Topshop has a host of stylish offerings in stock, from pyjama shirts and kimono wrap blouses to athleisure style side-striped denim and retro jumpsuits. We love their high-neck, long-sleeve blouse in colour clashing pink and red in graphic broken stripes – combining two of the hottest trends this season. £32 (Image 8)

Why not add stripes to your spring office wardrobe with a crisp pair of culottes, £17.99, from New Look. Team with heels and a plain shirt for work or add a pop of colour with a yellow bardot top for an elegant summer vibe. (Image 9)

Whether you’re a fan of delicate florals or bold botanicals, you’re sure to find some stylish nature-inspired prints on offer around The Centre. Quiz has a tropical print jumpsuit in stock for £34.99 which would be perfect for summer holidays and add a tropical twist to your wardrobe. (Image 10)

Over at H&M the SS18 range includes everything from ditsy florals and bold oriental designs to chic bikinis and rose detailed dungarees. We love their country garden inspired ankle-length jumpsuit with sweet frill-trimmed neckline, £17.99. (Image 11)

If you’re on the hunt for stylish accessories, look no further as retailers at The Centre have a style to suit every budget and occasion.

The IT bag of the season has to be a show-stopping straw bag – from minimalist basket bags and cute clutches to ones trimmed with pom poms, they’re a style that exudes happy summer vibes. Our favourite is Topshop’s embroidered cross-body circle bag for £26. Decorated with floral motifs it’s the perfect way to offset boyish shirting and give everyday looks a boho twist.  (Image 12)   

Transparent fabrics, pops of plastic and sheer panels were seen in abundance on the SS18 runways though adding these kind of elements to a wearable wardrobe can be a challenge! A  practical way of indulging in a little transparency is by investing in stylish rain-wear – Topshop has a clear trench coat that has a high end feel for only £65 and Primark has a fun perspex shopper in neon pink for only £4. (Image 13)

Statement earrings are huge this season and always a quick and inexpensive way to update your look. Lovisa and River Island have some amazing shoulder sweeping earrings in stock and Primark has a wide range of pieces from tassels and pom poms to beading and feathers. Why not take a peek in Dorothy Perkins which has a beautiful pair of pastel blue bead and pom pom earrings for £12.50 – wear with jeans and a simple tee for daytime or team with a baby blue bodycon dress for a touch of springtime evening glamour. (Image 14)

Finally for a warm touch of summer, even when the sun doesn’t make an appearance, pick up a delicate rose-gold belt from Next for £8. Use it to give flowing maxi dresses a little structure, skater dresses a pop of contrasting metallic tones or team with multiple light layers for a carefree boho vibe. (Image 15)

For more inspiration on this season’s hottest trends, don’t forget to check out The Centre’s SS18 Magazine where there’s also the chance to win a £100 Gift Card which can be spent at over 70 stores and all restaurants in The Centre.

1: Bag, £20, Accessorize

2: Trousers, £35, Miss Selfridge

3: Dress, £39.50, M&S

4: Shorts, £25.99, New Look

5: Playsuit, £60, River Island

6: Shoes, £14, Primark

7: Earrings, £8, Oasis, Debenhams

8: Blouse, £32, Topshop

9: Culottes, £17.99, New Look

10: Jumpsuit, £34.99, Quiz

11: Jumpsuit, £17.99, H&M

12: Bag, £26, Topshop

13: Shopper, £4, Primark

14: Earrings, £12.50, Dorothy Perkins

15: Belt, £8, Next

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