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Your big fashion forecast; Three Welsh stylists look into their Swarovski crystal balls and pick out the looks we'll all be wearing this year.

Collarless blouses, cowgirl boots and arm candy, says Wenda James-Rowe THE BELTED FLORAL DRESS The 9-5 wear will borrow its vintage sentiments from the Mediterranean, lending a feminine softness to career wear that will also extend to daywear more broadly.

Forget the body-con dress, as we'll be seeing a move away from the corporate looks of 2012 for the office.

Spring 2013 offers up the belted floral dress as a 9-5 staple.

Expect a feminine, cinched-in shape and longer hem (think above the knee to midi length) worn not just for work, but throughout the season.

THE COLLARLESS BLOUSE Collars were the accessory of 2012, but they're out in favour of a more subtle in fashion. Slimline document clutches allow an ipad or small laptop to be carried in style, but also double as a sophisticated accessory for day or night.

Expect clutches all hours.

THE REWORKED COWGIRL BOOT The humble knee-high boot had a new revival for autumn/winter 2012 - from knee-brushing cavalry styles to equestrian classics.

We also saw the high top wedge make a new appearance but it is now time to say bye bye to both.

Cowboy boots are back. Expect the trend to come alive again, with metallic leather, clear plastic, cutaways and reptile skin.

THE LUXE CUFF Accessories are again big news in 2013, but instead of necklaces and earrings, the focus is on the arm.

The new arm candy moves from solid metal to at Emilia more embellished and luxurious takes. Look out for chain details, colour accents and jewel studding. neckline with a relaxed twist on a blouse.

Whether high-necked or plunging, soft collarless blouses replace stiff business shirts for a sensual Mediterranean laidback mood.

Slash neck tees are also in as opposed to the V necks and scoops that have been the neckline to wear over the past few seasons.

T-shirts and tops of all designs get a luxe makeover in delicate fabrics and slash-neck cuts. A great way to frame fabulous shoulders.

THE BOUCLE Cinched-in a longer hem, at SUIT It''s a fabric we were gently introduced to in 2012, but get ready to see it everywhere in 2013.

Spring 2013 channels Chanel with boucle jackets and suits - as separates as well as skirt suits or short suits.

THE DOCUMENT CLUTCH Ditch the oversized bag this new year and streamline your look. Boucle-style Wickstead With new technology, comes a change Last season's sports luxe, black and white, and ruffle sleeves, says Eleanor Gardner SPORTS LUXE Clean, minimal, reworked and bold and beautiful shapes and patterns is what we can expect from 2013.

Technology inspired the spring/ summer collections in a big way.

So if you have last year's luxe sports look - tops, jackets or bottoms in quality street-esque metallic, perspex and sheer fabrics - hang onto them.

You can re-work them - by layering them with clean lined pencil skirts or skinny jeans for a futuristic edgy look.

CLEAN COLOURS Like last spring /summer, this year's colour palette is all about cleansing - mint fresh, apricots and all those tantalising candy colours.

This detox theme is evident in this season's clean minimal silhouette shapes too. Choose simple straight lines - pencil skirts, shift dresses and cigarette trousers. Complete the look with a slim stiletto heel.

RUFFLE DETAIL Or if you want more detail, this year's ruffle is not on the horizontal (like last year's peplum) but on sleeves and necklines.

So get stitching and rework and create a statement flounce.

From flounces to Grecian pleats, add fringes to your tops and skirts.

METALLICS Keep your metallics from last year, there will be plenty of gold beaded BLACK AND WHITE Who doesn't have black and white in their wardrobe? Even better if they're stripes or checks - key prints for S/S 2013.

For a high summer alternative, rediscover your floral prints as oriental and Hawaiian motifs are in, too. Pointed toes, bombers and embellishment, says Anna Palmieri THE BOMBER JACKET As seen on the catwalks for Topshop Unique, Chanel and Stella McCartney.

Pair with a pencil skirt and heeled pumps for unexpected chic.

EMBELLISHMENT It's not just for evening wear. Team your sequins with biker boots and a chunky knit to keep out lingering spring time chills.

ORIENTAL PRINTS All over the runway at Prada, Etro, Lanvin and Galliano.

Wrap last season's obi belt around high-waisted trousers or pair your kimono-style cover up with leather shorts for evening, or jeans for day.

LAST SPRING'S FLORALS Make them this spring's florals. Floral everything was big on the catwalk and seen at Holly Fulton, Moschino and Versus. So these can stay in the middle of your closet as you'll be needing them in a few months.

CHECK AND TARTAN We saw tartan in the form of coats and rucksacks throughout autumn/winter 2012 and this cosy print is back for spring 2013.

Just brighten up any pieces you may own by pairing with nudes and light fabrics.

LEATHER Hold on to leather leggings, shorts and pencil skirts. Now is an excellent time to pick up a few great pieces in the sales.

POINTED TOES The birds are singing, buds are appearing, it's spring, it's fresh.

Do you really want to ruin this scene with those big clodhoppers on your feet? Slip your feet into a delicate pair of pointed toe heels and watch them magically elongate your legs and freshen up you wardrobe.


Boucle-style suiting at Emilia Wickstead | Cinched-in floral dresses, with a longer hem, at Erdem

Metallic at Sass and Bide

Bold graphic print at Roksanda Ilincic jackets and lots of gold jewellery.

Oriental florals at Clements Ribeiro

Intricate embellishment at Mary Katrantzou
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 8, 2013
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