Step out in style

Versatility is the keynote of the spring/summer collection from Oxendales. Colour is always important but this season the emphasis is stronger than ever.

Go for bold prints and vibrant colours and mix in some intricate detailing for a perfect look. If you are not brave enough to wear the hottest shades around accessorise boldly.

Ditsy prints are big this season and hide a multitude of sins. A simple tunic style skims the hips and tummy for a more flattering shape. An indigo print tunic looks great when teamed with jeans and chunky heels. To achieve effortless style try a cool and comfy kaftan. Opt for a striking print or details to make a dramatic entrance. A long sleeved gold detail tunic is perfect for dressing up or down in style. The sheer fluid fabric smoothes over curves and is perfect when worn with linen trousers or jeans.

A shirt is a must for the new season. The boyfriend shirt is a smart solution for covering an over generous bum. The length will skim over the hips and bum and the vertical stripes are slimming. Keep it casual with turn-up sleeves and an open neck. Team with trousers for a great work look or be brave and slip on a pair of slim line leggings.

A key piece from the Oxendales collection is the passion flower print blouse. It comes with a separate cami and has adjustable back ties for a figure flattering fit. Add white trousers for a striking spring look or wear with jeans to keep it casual. For an on trend colour solution for work the frill front vest in lime looks great teamed with a fitted skirt. Add to jeans to achieve a stylish weekend look.

A key piece for a capsule wardrobe is the swing jacket with three-quarter length sleeves with tab detail. Grey is always a good choice. A hooded swing jacket in vibrant red, green or navy is another safe bet for spring style.

Spring maxi dresses usher in thoughts of lazy summer days. A print detail dress with shirring under bust and back detail is a wise choice. Or work the look with the mock wrap rose print dress with its frill to neckline and cuffs and elasticated underbust seam for an improved fit. Add a belt to accentuate your curves, some bangles and wedges and you are ready to hit the town.

* Oxendales catalogues are available by telephoning 1800 81 88 93 or logging onto www.oxendales.ie To order call (01 ) 8300600 from 7am to 7pm daily.

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