The warm summer months are the perfect time to try out new trends and experiment with new looks. It’s a great opportunity to embrace new colours, try out new hairstyles and to spoil yourself a little bit.

While there are a number of looks and fashions vying for the top spot this season, there are three trends that really stand out. Firstly, bold colours and strong cuts continue to dominate catwalks and boutiques and are proving extremely popular with young and old alike; secondly, the classic all-white trend screams summer simplicity; and finally, the 60s chic vibe is becoming increasingly popular.

Local brand Zimmerman’s current Idyllic collection manages to cover both the all white and ’60s chic trends with a great mix of simple embellished pieces and gorgeous retro prints, while chain stores like Zara and Forever New have the colour trend all wrapped up. So get ready to embrace the warm summer months with some great new looks.

It’s all white

Nothing says summer like the simplicity of white. Lightweight shirts, shorts and cropped pants are bang on trend and scream fresh sophistication. Add some interest by looking for pieces with subtle embellishments, gathering, embroidery or lace.

Where to shop: Zimmerman has some standout pieces in their current Idyllic collection and Zara do great basics in white.

Bright and sharp

Big colours and highly stylised cuts come together to create a fun and dynamic look this summer. Pair bold colours with interesting shapes and cuts; think blazers, bright coloured shorts and asymmetric cuts. Create interest with contrasting accessories and shoes.

Where to shop: David Lawrence has brilliant tailored pieces in bright jewelled tones and once again, Zara has the trend covered with bright blazers and shift dresses.

60s chic

This look is all about relaxed glamour, so think retro prints, cute separates and wedge heels. Great accessories are the key to this look; huge floppy straw hats, big sunglasses, chunky jewellery and printed headscarves all make for great styling. During the day look for vintage floral prints, cute denim shorts, maxi dresses and printed crop trousers. At night, turn up the heat with some serious 60s glamour; metallic fabrics, heavy sequin embellishments and the ever-flattering one-shoulder gown. A jumpsuit (printed for day, silk/embellished for night) is the epitome of this trend.

Where to shop: Portmans and Sportsgirl do affordable versions of this trend, but if your budget can allow it, log onto net-a-porter and indulge in some divine investment pieces from Diane Von Furstenberg, Missoni and Halston.