Five steps to a stylish new year

Who wants to be thinking too hard about fashion when we’re still in post-festive recovery mode? Spring is still a way off but the shops are already enticing us with the new season’s trends – and I’m not quite ready to spend on clothing that might not be tugging at the sartorial heartstrings by Easter. The answer is to raid your wardrobe for the classic, easy pieces that look great any time of year. Here are my suggestions to kick-start 2016. Nothing revolutionary: just five no-brainer styles (which nod to the trends) to fire up the new year beautifully.

The statement shirt

Me and Em new

Pintuck stripe shirt, £98, Me & Em

The striped top

Sparkle Breton, £26.50, Boden

Sparkle Breton top, £26.50, Boden

The ankle-grazing trouser

Straight cropped trouser, £69, Cos

Straight cropped trousers, £69, Cos

The neutral coat

Oversize coat, £90, ASOS

Oversize neutral coat, £90, ASOS

The white trainer

White trainers, £125, Whistles

White trainers, £125, Whistles