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Step into summer in block heels, neons or pink

Celebrity stylist Courtney Smith has teamed up with TK Maxx to show how updating your wardrobe with some of the season’s biggest trends is easy once you follow her tips, writes Denise Smith

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Courtney wears a pop of on-trend neon

Courtney wears a pop of on-trend neon

Tonal dressing is timeless

Tonal dressing is timeless

Classic monochrome with a zebra print

Classic monochrome with a zebra print

Searingly-bright neons and block heels

Searingly-bright neons and block heels

Courtney works the 1990s revival look in an aprés pink jacket coupled with sporty sunglasses

Courtney works the 1990s revival look in an aprés pink jacket coupled with sporty sunglasses

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Courtney wears a pop of on-trend neon

If you want a handle on the new season trends, there’s just one wardrobe you need to look to, and that’s stylist’s Courtney Smith. Consistently delivering sartorial hits, if there is a best dressed list you can guarantee the ultra-talented visual director is on it.

Decorating our days with dreamy fashion, the 34-year-old has teamed up with TK Maxx to help us reboot our wardrobe for the season ahead.

Gleaning the biggest fashion moments from New York, Paris, London and Milan, first things first, it’s time to amp up the colour in your daily uniform.

“We have pops of neon in the highlighter trend which is quite daring if you do it head to toe. Then the classic black and white trend but this season the big prints are Zebra and checkerboard which keeps it interesting,” says Courtney.

“Then we also have the classic neutral trend but it’s all about layering those caramels and latte tones together for a head to toe look and finally Après Pink, the colour of the moment worn in a nineties sporty vibe.”

“If pink isn’t your thing, you will be glad to know that vibrant greens, soft buttery yellows and purple hues are all definitely big hits for the season.”

But if you feel intimidated by pops of colour there are other accessories you can try says the fashion maven.

“For me I actually feel the highlighter trend is a really easy one to incorporate into any look because you can do it with an accessory and still have a really effective look. Try a shoe, bag or sunglasses or even a lipstick to completely transform even a basic look.”

But when it comes to elevating your wardrobe, Courtney advises to start from the feet up.

“Block heels and platforms are back in a big way this year, but so are mules with kitten heels and gladiator style wrap around heels. I guess we can thank the return of the Y2K trend and shows like Euphoria for this.

“Sunglasses are also one of my favourite fashion accessories as it can completely transform a look. It’s actually my first port of call when I walk into a TK Maxx store.”

The global style set may turn to the major fashion houses and the A-list for an endless source of sartorial inspiration, but Courtney takes to the streets to get her fashion fix.

“I tend to people watch and look at street style more than celebrities if I am honest. However, I love Australian Vogue’s fashion director Christine Centenera’s style and blogger Leonie Haan is very bold with her fashion week looks. I suppose celebrity-wise I think Hailey Beiber is looking stellar at the moment with her take on the 90’s aesthetic. The idea for the pictured outfits was to be inspired by some of my favourite trends as seen at fashion weeks all around the globe.

“I looked at not only what we saw as big trends on the catwalk for Spring 2022 but also what the fashion elite were wearing outside the shows on the streets; for me, this is where you find the most interesting takes on trends.”

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