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Sunset orange on the Missoni SS16 catwalk…

Spring has finally sprung, but no matter how much we love the UK in the warmer months we’re dreaming of hot sandy beaches, brilliant sunsets and piña coladas overlooking the ocean. Heaven, right?

Sadly we’ve got months of work until our sunshine break starts, but the fashion gods have teamed up to make sunny hues the essential colour for SS16. Think vibrant orange, buttercup and acid yellow and clashing patterns in sunset shades.

Nothing will make you feel cheerier than adding a splash of colour to your spring wardrobe, but, let’s face it, we can’t all rush out for the latest Balmain party dress. Instead we’ll be strapping one of these bang on-trend watches to our wrist.

They’re bright, bold and the easiest way we know of nodding to the latest fashion fad.

Eclectic patterns

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Clashing colours, prints and patterns were everywhere on the SS16 catwalks, especially at Dries Van Noten. The Belgian designer offered lots of brilliant yellow combos, including this dizzying yellow and blue printed blouse pared with a ruffled mustard yellow skirt.

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Emulate the look with a splash of clashing shapes and shades on your wrist, like this new Swatch Flowerfool with its psychedelic mix of yellow, orange and pinks (left). Or you could try the Kimono Vlisco Estelle Gold with its hint of animal print.

Swatch Flowerfool RRP £47.50 Shop

Komono Vlisco Estelle Gold RRP £59.50 Shop

1970s-inspired boho

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There was a definite bohemian vibe at Marc Jacobs’ SS16 show, with embroidered waistcoats and long peasant skirts making a comeback in a big way. If you’re not a 70s gal but want to look the part try this Orla Kiely Cecelia watch, which has a subtle vintage print on the dial and a brilliantly yellow leather strap.

RRP £85 Shop

Seaside yellow

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If you’re headed off to Cornwall on your summer holidays this year, you may want to make like Max Mara and try some deck-chair stripes! There’s something fun and flirty about bright yellow shades, we like the Swarovski Daytime Citrine watch, which has a hint of sparkle on the bezel, and this cheery Kate Spade Hello Sunshine Metro watch with a rose gold-plated case. We’ll let you make your own mind up on the bright orange eye shadow…

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Swarovski Daytime Citrine RRP £159 Shop

Kate Spade Metro RRP £179 Shop

Outrageous orange

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Orange crop tops, a patterned yellow and brown skirt and trainers…it can only be Missoni! The brand offered up a complete collection of sunset orange shades proving that the notoriously tricky-to-pull-off colour is of the moment. Don’t believe us, take a gander at your local High Street and you’ll see orange is everywhere.

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If you’re ready to go bright, now’s the time to get inspired by Christopher Kane (pictured above left). Okay, so a neon outfit may be a bit much, but this Timex Weekender Varsity watch is a great way to get the neon vibe in a subtler way.

RRP £49.99 Shop

Festival-ready orange

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Sonia Rykiel offered up some feminine ruffles in vibrant orange for SS16, which will look fantastic with brown leather sandals and some well-chosen accessories. Our first pick is this Shinola Runwell with an orange dial. It’s a little on the chunky side at 41mm, but we’re going to need something a bit tough to off-set all those frills!

RRP £475 Shop

Eveningwear orange

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Even celebrity-favourite Balmain managed to incorporate orange into its party-ready evening wear, including this orange and sequin striped mini dress. This Tory Burch Izzie watch has a lovely patent orange leather strap and an unusual geometric case, making it the ideal choice for a dressy night out (without blowing the budget).

RRP £365 Shop

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