Fancy pants look best teamed with a simple white shirt and flat pointy-toe pumps - or trade in smart shoes for white plimsolls and add a more relaxed vibe.
Printed trousers, £40, 6-18, long line shirt, £140, MIH Jeans, xs-xl both from www.asos.com
Thanks to the uber-talented Marc Jacobs, geometric patterns are black and white and worn all over this spring. Go for a tailored shape that’s surprisingly easy to wear, honest!
Tux jacket, £159 and trousers, £99, both 8-16, by Helene Berman at www.fenwick.co.uk
If monochrome mania scares the bejeezus out of you, soften the look with a splash of pretty colour. Easy does it now
Collarless blazer, £50, and print trousers, £35, both 6-18, www.riverisland.com
Mixing spots and stripes puts a fun spin on summers oh-so traditional nautical trend.
Stripe blazer, £45 and spot dress, £60, both 6-22, www.next.co.uk
Neutral prints look most elegant when teamed with easy-to-wear creams and metallics. Simple really.
Modern pencil skirt, £49 and modern woven top, £49, both 6-22, pointed slingbacks, £69, 36 42, from www.boden.co.uk
Head-to-toe leopard was seen on the catwalk at Stella McCartney, and the designer herself has been rocking the look. Take our advice and just double–up: the patterned two-piece (coat and trousers with a plain black top) is a much easier beast to live with.
Spring leopard print coat, £275, and trousers, £150, both 6-18, www.jaeger.co.uk
Create the illusion of Parisian savoir-faire by embracing the super-chic Céline look. Wearing a scarf neckerchief-style (with the knot at the back of the neck) is a good place to start.
Scarf, £39.50, Marcel Wanders at www.marksandspencer.com
When taking the pick n mix approach to pattern, prints with matching colours and a similar scale make for a more complementary combination.
Silk pattern skirt, £259 and hatch print top, £299, both 8-16, by Odeeh at www.fenwick.co.uk
Camouflage print is fast becoming a grown-up wardrobe staple, and we know its a keeper because it was all over the autumn/winter 2013 catwalks too. Take the edge off military by teaming with bright colours and some sparkly jewellery.
Camouflage Sloppy Joe, £45, xs m/l, www.hush-uk.com
Make like Mary Berry and grab yourself a fabulous floral bomber jacket. Perfect with slim black pants or why not opt for the matching skirt and pretend its a dress?
Floral print bomber jacket, £38 and skirt, £35, both 6-22, www.next.co.uk
Check out Clarks striking collaboration with design team Eley Kishimoto and get into your stride with a pair of these graphic print court shoes.
Ancient Eley shoes, £69.99, 3-9, www.clarks.co.uk
Much as we love the latest Celia Birtwell x Uniqlo partnership, we know that a little goes a long way. Which is why we recommend sticking to a printed top half and plain navy bottom half. Its the grown-up way.
Blouse, £19.90 and pyjama pants both £19.90, s-l, t-shirt £12.90, xs- xl, scarf, £9.90 and leggings, £14.90, xs-xl all Celia Birtwell x Uniqlo www.uniqlo.com/uk