This season, we have introduced a range of new styles to the Hotter portfolio and we want to show you how to style some of our favourite pieces. From florals to colour pop, these trends are here in a big way this Spring and we shouldn’t be afraid to step out of our comfort zone and try something new.

Alyson Walsh is a regular feature writer for the Financial Times and started her successful style blog, That’s Not My Age almost nine years ago in order to celebrate the creed that ‘style begins at 40’.

Alyson says…

Victoria Beckham wears them at fashion week, Fiona Bruce has sported them on the 10 o’clock news; trainers have become a mainstay of the modern, grown-up wardrobe. Hooray! As a lifelong fan of Sneaker Chic with a Pinterest board to prove it, I am more than happy with this development. When it comes to easy, everyday dressing, comfort and simplicity are key – so slipping on a pair of sneakers that feel like slippers is a bit of a no-brainer, really.

Here are five ways to wear skater shoes (no skateboard required)

  1. Smarten things up with a tailored trouser suit – either show a bit of ankle with slightly cropped trousers or go for a wider leg shape that sits on top of your shoes.


  1. Keep it casual with black leggings or skinny jeans, a slouchy roll neck sweater and a longer-length duster coat.


  1. Earn your stripes by wearing the Laurel Shoe in River Blue with a pair of navy Capri pants and a Breton top. Switch stripes for a chic-as-you-like loose cotton shirt when the temperature rises.


  1. Show your wild side this summer by teaming leopard print with neutral shades and khakis with Slide Shoes.


  1. Don’t rule out dresses. Wear skate shoes with opaque tights and a favourite tunic style, right now. Then break out a pair of Mablel shoes and bare legs in summer. Personally, I love the idea of florals and stripes – what’s not to love about a gorgeous striped shirtdress and flower-y feet?


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Alyson Walsh is a regular feature writer for the Financial Times ‘How To Spend It’, the Guardian, Saga Magazine and the Daily Telegraph. Alyson started her successful style blog, That’s Not My Age almost nine  years ago in order to celebrate the creed that ‘style begins at 40’. In her book ‘Style Forever’ she explores how the topics of fashion, age and culture are connected. Alyson is a former fashion editor for Good Housekeeping magazine, has appeared on BBC News and BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
Read more of Alyson’s top tips on how to style other key season trends, like colourful sandals and neutral shades.

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