YES YOU CAN: Get fresh with spring checks

Fashion director Shelly Vella shows you the on-trend checks and colours to look out for this spring.

One of my favourite things about the change in seasons is watching wintry colours ease into brighter spring tones – so too with prints. Whether you love a preppy check or gravitate towards ginghams, look to a prettier palette. Citrus tones, plays on purple and sky blue all look fresh on everything from knitwear to summer dresses. My favourite? A boldly printed trench coat worn with crisp white.

How to style checks in spring:

Mix different prints

Just keep the colours tonal

Windowpane checks work perfectly with denim. Jacket, £628, Shirt, £268, Jeans, £348, Veronica Beard

Jacket, £70, River Island

Jumper, £125, Jigsaw

Jeans, £59, And/Or, John Lewis

Bag, £169, LK Bennett

Shoes, £36, Next

Have fun with colour

Bold checks work well on outerwear

Give workwear a twist with a shirt dress in bold checks. Dress, £390, Bag, £219.90, Shoes, £399.90, Tommy Hilfiger

Coat, £590, Tommy Hilfiger

Jumpsuit, £315, Donn Aida

Bag, £65, Dune London

Shoes, £199, Pretty Ballerinas

Necklace, £119, Daisy Jewellery

Stay sweet in gingham

This cutest of prints is enjoying a renaissance

Make a statement with a lightweight coat. Matching bag optional. Coat, £230, Shirt, £75, Trousers, £90, Bag, £60, Belt, £48, Shoes, £110, Boden

Dress, £38, River Island

Bag, £99, LK Bennett

Sunglasses, £18, Free People

Rings (from left), £70 and £55, Scream Pretty

Shoes, £169, Pretty Ballerinas