As a wardrobe consultant and personal shopper, I have kept away from the shops for the last few weeks! The stores are still hanging on the the remnants of the sale rails, but not for much longer. At last the new stock is gradually taking to the shop floor. The current British weather is not very inspiring when thinking about the new spring looks, but a great way to dip your toe in is to start with a couple of new accessories to add a bit of interest to your existing outfits, and to sheer you up without breaking the bank. Shoes

There is plenty to choose from if you want a really daring look for your feet this spring. You’ll find architectural heel details and shoes that look like they could be in an art gallery. Are they for you? You decide. Just be sure the attention of your outfit doesn’t get stuck at your feet but moves from up to your face.

Gladiator sandals compete with tall wedges and platforms for spring’s attention. Booties remian, only now they have cutout toes to make the shoe cooler. A nude shoe will come in handy with all the pattern in clothing- pair nudes with your best print dresses. Lighter-colored leather boots or fabric boots are a great transition from winter to spring.

Handbags

Handbags come in as much variety as spring flowers. Totes in canvas or leather are seen in fresh spring colours like sunflower yellow, wisteria, apple green, coral, or camel. Want a natural look? Handbags look clean and natural in materials like linen, raffia, and rope. Put print attention in your handbags by using a tote or clutch in a bold floral, or tribal print. Venture into the safari and choose a handbag in luxe skins like python, crocodile or alligator.

There are plenty of practical hands-free crossbody bags in small to medium sizes. I like my bags plain and so LOVE the new Mulberry 'Alexa' (left) which is on my personal wishlist!

Find details like fringe, braided tassels, ruffles, patchwork, and whipstitching. The bigger slouchy bags of the season are in buttery soft leathers in nude and barely-there pastel shades.

Belts

Belts are accentuating the waist, but are thinner than last season. The chunky belt is still seen occasionally but the thin belt is more appropriate with the softer romantic looks and less obtrusive with the louder prints we are seeing this season. Pair your thin belts around your softer romantic clothing to accentuate your waist so it doesn’t get lost in the layers of flowing fabrics.

Scarves

Swap your wooly scarves for scarves in linen, cotton and silk blends this spring. Add instant color and pattern with these wardrobe saviours. Crinkled lightweight fabrics make scarves an easy addition to create colour, volume and interest near the face while keeping you cool in the rising temperatures. Whether you enjoy bright colours, tribal prints, or sassy stripes, find scarves to team up with your dresses or separates. If you’re layering neutral colours together, a scarf adds texture to your outfit.