It’s happened to all of us at some point: we open our wardrobes one sunny spring morning only to realise that our clothes seem to be exclusively suited to the season we’ve just said sayonara to. But Spring is a time to celebrate new life, colour and emergent sunshine. Meaning if you’ve been hiding away in darker outfits all winter, now is the time to step out of your comfort zone, and fling open those windows to change.

By updating your wardrobe with a few of this season’s key pieces and accessories, you can bring a dash of colour and flash of light – and life – to your outfits without having to invest in a whole new collection. It’s time to familiarise yourself with the key pieces and colours sure to be staple items in your SS/18 wardrobe. So, here are 4 IDEAL ways to add a pop of colour to your wardrobe for SS/18.

A PAIR OF BRIGHT HEELS

A pair of shoes in a bold shade will take an all-black outfit from glum to glam in an instant, so you’ll want to make sure you’ve got at least one brightly coloured pair of heels in your wardrobe this spring. The 80s continues to be a huge influence this season, so consider paying homage to the decade with a pair of heels in bold, disco-ready electric blue and pink shades. A pair of stiletto heels from Terry de Havilland in a bright shade will elevate any LBD in a moment; perfect if you want to give an old outfit a quick update for a night on the tiles. Try co-ordinating their electric pink sling backs with some earrings of a matching hue and a slick of matching lipstick for an eye-catching but pulled together look. Orange is another colour of the moment and we can’t think of a better place to wear this bright and bold colour than on our feet.

A STATEMENT BAG IN THIS SEASON’S HOTTEST SHADE

This spring, don’t settle for another boring black or tan handbag. Instead, go for one in the much hyped ‘Gen Z yellow’, a hot mustard colour that has been all over catwalks and celebrity Instagram accounts for months now. Hotly tipped by many fashion experts to be the new millennial pink, a statement bag in this cheerful shade will add a quick dose of sunshine to any outfit.

The best thing about this happy shade? It’s much more versatile than you’d imagine, and will go with almost any other colour. If you feel like standing out from the crowd, try co-ordinating your bag with a blue and red outfit for a primary coloured look — it’s set to be one of this year’s biggest trends, according to Glamour.

A GROOVY HEADSCARF

This spring it’s all about hair accessories. Think silk scarves, hairbands and oversized bows –  the more vibrant and vivacious the better as far as we’re concerned. Hair accessories are such an easy way to add a pop of colour to your outfit – and can be a cheap way of doing it too. Our favourite thing about this trend? Bad hair days are a thing of the past. If you can’t be bothered to wash your hair and it’s a little greasy, just cover it with a head scarf and you’re set.

ROCK A BOLD LIPSTICK OR NAIL POLISH

If you’re looking to add vibrancy and intrigue to your outfit on a budget, a bright nail or lip is the way forward. A slick of vibrant coral lipstick will instantly perk up a t-shirt and jeans combo —  really daring fashionistas could even step out in statement shades like purple, green or magenta. When wearing a bold lip, remember that it’s easy to overdo it, so keep the rest of your make-up simple; a neutral taupe eye shadow and some mascara should be plenty.

When it comes to nails, it doesn’t get any brighter than neon, so opt for a polish in a vivid day-glo orange, pink, or acid green — something from Nails Inc’s Stay Bright neon collection will do the trick. The formula is designed to be fade- and chip-resistant, too.