IT'S THE WEEKEND: Shopping with Keiligh Baker - pastels for spring

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AS soon as Spring flings, pastels are inevitably in.

Many people avoid pastels for fear of not suiting them – but while some may make you look washed out, others will almost definitely give you a glowing complexion and the impression of abs of steel. Probably.

Personally, I cannot pull off pale pink, yet rock a powder blue. Likewise, I can’t wear pale yellow but bright yellow is fine. Make sure you find a shade which suits you.

The best way to work out what shade of pastel will suit you is to find out what colour undertone you have. Everyone has either a pink or yellow undertone to their skin, regardless of if they have white, black or Asian skin.

Darker, yellow undertone skin looks amazing in baby pink, lavender and soft yellow shades, while pale skin with a pink undertone looks fantastic in duck egg blue and mint green -it’s all a matter of balancing your colours.

If you’re still not convinced, how about trying one of the other trends set to be big in SS14?

One of the most wearable trends to hit the catwalk was the dress shirt with contrasting collars, as seen at the SS14 Alexander Wang show, and wide leg trousers, as seen at BCBG Max Azria - think Bianca Jagger circa 1971. Both are perfect for work and play.

One of the coolest trends to come out of the shows are tea-length skirts – somewhere between a midi and maxi length. Pair with a boxy crop top if you’re feeling brave, or a silky cami top if you’re not. Bare a little skin to avoid looking too prim and proper - 50s cheerleader hasn't been in for a while.

Other easy to wear trends include fruity florals in citrus-bright greens, yellows and oranges, as seen at Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, J.W.Anderson and John Rocha. They are a safe bet, as is any sort of sheer fabric - skirts, tops or dresses.

Another trend to consider is the 'Clueless' look. Fashion is still having something of a nineties moment – think Cher and Dionne and those matching plaid skirt suits. For a modern take, try boxy crops and blazers, matching jackets and shorts/skirts combos.

1. Primark Lemon crepe midi, £10, in store March

2. Topshop tuloc satchel £28

3. Peter Hahn Looxent round neck jumper, £125

4. Topshop Lips in Petal £8

5. Topshop Ratchet Block Hell Sandals £50

6. Simply Be Crop Knit Jumper, £35

7. Missguided Pierra Belted Playsuit, £29.99

8. ASOS Cropped Blazer with Clean Lapel, £45

9. Topshop Lana2 Platform Sandals £55

10. M&S Collection Coat £95 M&S Collection Top £22.50 M&S Collection Skirt £35 Shoes £19.50

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