Inspiration: 8 great new season items to see winter off in

Spring is on the horizon, it is time to make a few small changes in our wardrobes to indicate this with what we wear. The shops are filling up with new season wear, and although the best pieces are not yet in [the key pieces tend to come just a little later], this is a good time to start looking around to get an idea of what the new season will bring. I am sharing a selection of 8 items that give a glimpse into what there is to expect and that I [with my longer-torsoed petite body type] would personally also wear.

1 - Checked blazers are all the rage and for a reason - they are a fast-track ticket to looking both polished and current. Most of the blazers on offer at the moment are unfortunately double breasted, which does not work on petites - this design from & Other Stories, however, does.

2 - A brilliant pair of shoes from M&S [yes, really], which tick a lot of boxes. From a practical angle, it is amazing to find a pair of [yes!] rain-proof ankle boots in a sea of suede. The low cone heel is sexy, unusual, fresh, super-cool and, hallelujah, comfy. The pointy toe is on trend but cut short and thus easier on the eye. And although they are not 100% meant for shorter legged ladies like me, they are cut low, ending just on the ankle, which means that not-completely-skintight jeans will glide over them and make them look good.   

3 - This Zara knit top is cool, fun and stylish. The colour is amazing [and don't we all want some colour finally?], and you have the choice of what to layer underneath - black, white, blue, etc. to adjust the vibe. It is made of a heavy enough yarn to pass for winter but is of course quite light, a perfect transitional piece. A great item to spice up a pencil or midi skirt, but also great with trousers [casual or smart].

4 - Another choice from & Other Stories, this dress is perfection: the colour is subdued - and, by the way, pure SS18 -; the length is the longer end of midi, i.e. works as a maxi on petites; the wrapover style is flattering [a big yay for leg-lenghtening asymmetry] and wearable. The dress can be layered [wear a jumper over or a top under] for cooler weather but will also work with a leather jacket once it is warmer. 

5 - Another asymmetric midi dress [yes, dresses are set to be big],  this time from Uterque, spiced up with some sheerness too for added figure flattery. A bit girly, I would wear this with tough shoes and a leather jacket, maybe with an added [rock chick style] belt. 

6 - This is for the thinner thighed amongst us: a gorgeous pair of high-waisted, self-tie trousers, also from Uterque. The colour is easy to wear but not black - a nod to the end of winter - and the tie-waist shortens the torso and lengthens legs [provided your behind is on the smaller side]. Just make sure your top is roomy enough to provide balance. If you love it but are not sure if it flatters your bottom, try a half-tuck. Elegant but cool.

7 - Pink is emerging as a key colour of the season and this simple, carefree tee [& Other Stories, once again - yes I love this shop] provides a real vibe with attitude - certainly no girliness here. Tuck in and kick a**.

8 - Finally, a fab skirt from River Island. The classic beige colour is paired with a tailored, asymmetric silhouette, cool buttons and a paperbag waist. You may need to watch the length of the skirt, but the high waist, the straight pencil cut and the peekaboo front slit increase its chances to flatter. An unassuming, subtle focus piece that makes it easy to get dressed on a rushed morning.