This warm weather and the first days of spring are the perfect motivation to try something new with your style.

Spring 2014 brings a wealth of new trends to try. Some so wearable you’ll wonder what you ever wore before, and some that are worth the effort to make them work for you.

Here are my top three new style picks for the season:

Culottes

Veronika Maine culottes $245

Veronika Maine culottes $245

The great thing about culottes 2.0 (you may remember them from the ’80s, or ’90s for that matter) is that they’re quite tailored this time around, meaning the style looks deliberate and, well stylish, as opposed to lazy and (shudder) ‘comfortable’.

As seen above the new culotte is a perfect match for another of the season’s ubiquitous styles, the slide, as a nod to sporty chic. My tip for a flattering silhouette is to wear with a heel. They’re a great option for work, but the key really is to wear something fitted on top, and elongate the leg with a nice heel or wedge. There are a few great fun printed versions around too, perfect for summer heat.

Crop tops

Cue crop top $165

Cue crop top $165

Crop tops seem a little scary for anyone over 19, but the great thing is they’re normally offered at the moment with counteracting high-waisted skirts and pants that meet or even overlap in the middle. Cue has a range of options along these lines. If you’re still cautious of bearing some flesh (which you should be if this look is a corporate option for you), wear over a crisp white shirt instead. Crops are great to highlight your waist (shape-wise, not so much about the skin), as they’ll cut you across the narrowest point.

Midi lengths

Veronika Maine skirt $279

Veronika Maine skirt $279

Midis (or 3/4 skirts – ie anything that falls to the mid-calf) crept in over winter and are a definite stayer for spring/summer. They can be beautifully feminine, and lovely to wear.

To make this look a success, pair with heels unless you’re super tall and have legs for days (nude shoes are even better for leg lengthening) and wear a tailored (not flowy) and well-fitted top. Blazers are a great option if you need a jacket, too.