The 50 best: Time to put a little spring in your step

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Forget last season; we've got the next century to think about! If your fashion sense has been mouldering under mothballs, now's the time to give it a fin-de-siecle flourish. Fashion stylist Amy Jones lists 50 simple items to update your wardrobe and give you cutting-edge clout. Whether it's Savile Row sartoria or Top Man trend you're after, her style counsel will have the dreariest dresser dancing to a cool new tune.

1

OZWALD BOATENG

Ooh, suits you sir! Choose a colourful shirt to go with this divine rust suit, which strikes a balance between contemporary and timelessness: Boateng's trademark colourful lining, here in red silk, sits comfortably with the slim-leg style, invisible-button detail and top-quality fabric. For evening, create an exotic look with a bright shirt and tie from the designer's own range. How much: rust mohair-and-wool-mix suit with blue check pounds 895, lilac shirt pounds 52.50. Stockist enquiries: 0171-734 6868; lilac shirt by Thomas Pink 0171-498 2202.

2

OZ FOR DEBENHAMS

Here is a great example of designer excellence, with contrasting black buttons and pocket flaps, but this suit comes at an affordable price. The two-tone pinky-blue shirt lifts the grey for a brighter spring look. How much: grey single-breasted suit pounds 150, small-checked cerise shirt pounds 50. Stockist enquiries: 0171-408 4444.

3

JASPER CONRAN

This brown suit, enlivened with a two-tone sheen, or "tonic", more often associated with silk taffeta, makes a refreshing change from the myriad solid-colour numbers. The eye is immediately attracted to the prominent waist seam, which cleverly incorporates the pocket flaps. How much: brown- tonic single-breasted cotton suit pounds 480, gold horizontally striped tie pounds 55, cream one-pocket shirt pounds 100. Stockist enquiries: 0171-580 5463.

4

NEXT DIRECTORY

Say goodbye to stressful dressing with these 100 per cent cotton "easier to iron" shirts. The soft fabric makes them comfortable to wear, and the two-tone shirt and tie ensemble is very Gucci.

How much: beige cotton shirt pounds 21.99, beige silk tie pounds 17.99. Stockist enquiries: 0845 600 7000; shirt code M76302X23, tie M79374X23.

5

TM LEWIN

Lift your spirits with lilac. Gingham check is a key look this spring, so go for bright, bold prints. This lovely silk tie enhances the colour of the shirt, and will complement any navy, grey or black suit resident in your wardrobe.

How much: lilac block-check shirt pounds 52, silk plain-rib lilac tie pounds 42. Stockist enquiries: 0171-839 1664.

6

JEFFREY GREEN

Bond? James Bond? This is a suit that no dashing secret agent should be without. Fashionably white, funnel necked and slim fitting, it will ensure you have women all over you like a rash. How much: white funnel-necked, zip-up jacket pounds 125, white trousers pounds 95.

Stockist enquiries: 0171-978 7979.

7

FRENCH CONNECTION

A comfortable, breathable and natural fabric, linen is "in", and now favoured for the very reason it was once shunned - its tendency to crease. Wear casually with a V-neck jumper or a white linen shirt. How much: blue denim-style linen suit pounds 250 (sold as suit only). Stockist enquiries: 0171-399 7200.

8

PAUL SMITH

This jacket, with its two-buttoned fastening and curvy lines, is reminiscent of the Victorian era, with a dressy edge lent by the dark-navy linen. Wear it with this shirt, and all you'll need is a straw boater for a seriously chic look.

How much: navy linen single-breasted jacket pounds 275, blue, cream and tan- striped shirt pounds 79. Stockist enquiries: 0171-240 0009.

9

ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA

If you're a man with classic tastes, then this is for you. Herringbone gets an enticing update in this denim-look jacket, which boasts a sharp cut and a slight sheen. How much: blue denim-style tweed jacket pounds 419, blue linen shirt pounds 139.

Stockist enquiries: 0171-493 4471.

10

TIMOTHY EVEREST

Fabrics are deceptive this spring, and this is no exception: the jacket looks like denim but is actually top- quality cotton. Other key trend design features are pocket flaps and high-break pointed lapels.

How much: blue Savile Row denim-style jacket (part of a bespoke suit) pounds 590, beige-and-white-checked short-sleeved shirt pounds 119. Stockist enquiries: 0171-377 5770; shirt by Nicole Farhi, 0171-499 8368.

11

YVES SAINT LAURENT

If you're tired of the combat-trouser look, then slip into these for instant European chic and sophistication. Made of light cotton, they combine comfort and high fashion with alternative front-patch pockets.

How much: beige cotton trousers pounds 89. Stockist enquiries: 0171-580 5463.

12

G STAR

Denim is the darling of this season's fashion pack, in dark, faded or stonewashed. This time round, though, it has to be personalised. These G Star jeans are highly individual, with an innovative use of pockets and stitching. Wear with a brightly coloured belt, or rip and embroider.

How much: denim "Exporter" jeans pounds 65. Stockist enquiries: 0171-371 9890.

13

JOSEPH

The slim-fitting leg and neatly designed hip pockets make these a casual but smart trouser. The light-blue colouring, with Swinging Sixties overtones, is a current trend. Wear with a white polo neck for a true retro feel.

How much: light-blue slim-leg trouser pounds 99. Stockist enquiries: 0171-590 6200.

14

HELMUT LANG

Slim, smooth and sleek, these trousers are an essential basic for the modern man. The pressed slim legs and silver fastening will transform you instantly into a Steve McQueen for the Nineties.

How much: black slim-fit trousers pounds 190. Stockist enquiries: Helmut Lang at Harvey Nichols, 0171-235 5000.

15

NICOLE FARHI

Wide-leg trousers are big this spring - quite literally. If you're not convinced, then simply slip these on for a quick conversion. The neutral colour will look great with black, white or blue. Go on, have it large!

How much: green cotton wide-leg trousers pounds 109. Stockist enquiries: 0171-499 8368.

16

GAP

These fine Teflon trousers will make you feel like you're walking on air. The flouncy material drapes beautifully around the legs, and makes a wonderful swishy noise. Time to harness your fashion sense and leap into your nearest Gap.

How much: black Teflon parachute pants pounds 42.

Stockist enquiries: 0171-518 6300.

17

TOP MAN

These trousers represent great value. The stretch property of the material means that they won't loose their shape, and the two patch pockets with flaps on the back of the trousers are seriously cute.

How much: grey stretch trousers pounds 38. Stockist enquiries: 0800 731 8284.

18

FRENCH CONNECTION

These kung fu-style pants will have you up and running with the fashion pack in no time. The soft brushed cotton feels like heaven on the skin, and the forgiving drawstring waist will adapt to fluctuating girths.

How much: black kung fu drawstring pants pounds 60. Stockist enquiries: 0171-399 7200.

19

HOPE AND GLORY

Green is a key colour this spring, and at its most unusual in the amazing citric olive-green tone of these trousers. The wide-leg styling, complete with trendy "carpenter" loop on the pocket, is so appealing that you'll wonder how you ever coped without them.

How much: green wide-leg trousers pounds 65. Stockist enquiries: 0181-365 3467.

20

VEXED GENERATION

These quirky lightweight trousers are a great shape. Slightly flared, each trouser leg features four layers of material that have been individually stitched. For maximum cool, wear with retro trainers and a tight T-shirt.

How much: navy "Pin Trick" cotton trousers pounds 105. Stockist enquiries: 0171-251 8861.

21

JOSEPH

The perfect solution to any "What shall I wear?" crisis, a linen shirt is a matter of necessity rather than luxury. This is truly versatile, and sure to become a favourite that you'll reach for again and again.

How much: grey linen shirt pounds 75. Stockist enquiries: 0171-590 6200.

22

DUFFER OF SAINT GEORGE

This good-quality soft-cotton sweatshirt features contrasting grey and blue stitching. The deep ribbing around the cuff and the waistline of the sweatshirt are extra wide, and add to its streetwise appeal.

How much: grey-and-navy slim-fitting sweatshirt pounds 65. Stockist enquiries: 0171-920 7700.

23

TOP MAN

You thought you'd said goodbye to the vest in the 1980s. But it's back, this time in a more stylish and utilitarian form, with ribbing and a drawstring waist band. So don't be shy; give your biceps a breather.

How much: black cotton drawstring-waist vest pounds 28. Stockist enquiries: 0800 731 8284.

24

SUN AND SAND

Hidden buttons, "carpenter" loops and Velcro-fastened pockets: this dreamy, high-sheen shirt has all the accoutrements to make a fashion statement this spring. Wear with drawstring, linen or wide-leg trousers for an enviably casual vibe.

How much: blue-sheen "Amis" sleeveless shirt pounds 49.95. Stockist enquiries: 0171-490 4684.

25

GAP

Brighten up your basic wardrobe by layering old favourites with this fleecy bodywarmer. The contrasting navy and orange, full-length zip and Velcro-fastening pockets make a stylish combination.

How much: orange-and-navy fleece bodywarmer pounds 30, navy cotton long-sleeved jumper pounds 149. Stockist enquiries: 0171-518 6367; jumper by Nicole Farhi, 0171-499 8368.

26

DICK VEIT AT PUPPY

Bringing a new dimension to the white-shirt concept, Dick Veit's version caters for all tastes. In addition to the traditional collar and cuffs, it features a hood and a large pocket at the front that's just large enough to store your sandwiches.

How much: white cotton shirt with blue-and-mustard checks pounds 45, black long-sleeved T-shirt with checked pocket pounds 25. Stockist enquiries: 0171-734 9222.

27

JEEP

The unusual two-tone roll neck and different knit texturing make this a highly individual jumper. It will keep you as warm as toast, perfect for snuggling up to your beloved on a chilly spring evening.

How much: beige-and-red-striped polo-neck jumper pounds 60. Stockist enquiries: 0181-991 4776.

28

OZWALD BOATENG

Bored with cotton, and fancy something bit more sexy? Then this super-soft suede shirt with great pocket detailing and lapels could be the solution. Team it up with a cowboy hat and shout "Yeehaa!"

How much: suede short-sleeved shirt pounds 295. Stockist enquiries: 0171-734 6868.

29

JOSEPH

This gorgeous high-sheen midnight- blue shirt is the ultimate weapon to help you stand out from the crowd. The stretch fabric makes it very flattering and unrestricting - good news for those with a decent set of pecs.

How much: navy satin stretch shirt pounds 75. Stockist enquiries: 0171-590 6200.

30

PS BY PAUL SMITH

Layering is the ideal way to create an individual look. Here, a lovely linen shirt is teamed up with that old favourite, the tank top. Paul Smith's soft- cotton-and-linen-mix version incorporates a fantastic spectrum of colours, from olive green to purple.

How much: light-blue short-sleeved buttonless shirt pounds 95, khaki Fair Isle tank top pounds 110. Stockist enquiries: 0171-240 0009.

31

CAMPER

These chunky black leather shoes have a wide, thick rubber sole that makes them comfortable and durable. The unusual panels stitched symmetrically around the shoe add a fun fashion touch.

How much: black "Pelotas" lace-up trainer pounds 82. Stockist enquiries: 0161-236 2100.

32

PS BY PAUL SMITH

A worthwhile investment are these timeless classic brogues, which add a touch of class to casual cords and shirts or linen jackets. Their sturdy design will stand you in good stead at work or play.

How much: tan heavy brogue pounds 195. Stockist enquiries: 0171-240 0009.

33

WANNABE BY PATRICK COX

Get suited and booted with Wannabe footwear. This pair has two important features: first, classic styling; secondly, a high shine, which gives them a sexy edge. Wear with sharp suits and slim-fitting trousers.

How much: tan high-shine boot pounds 129. Stockist enquiries: 0171-730 8886.

34

OFFICE

A trainer fit for the millennium. The laces, which cover the length of the shoe, and the chunky ridged sole combine for a futuristic appearance that's perfect for the suburban trecker.

How much: beige and black chunky trainer pounds 69.99. Stockist enquiries: 0181-838 0070.

35

CAMPER

Don't lower the tone with your footwear this season. Instead of black, opt for yellow, the perfect accompaniment to the spring palette of khakis and greens. Similar to those featured in No 31, these yellow "Pelotas" have slim rubber soles with small round grips.

How much: yellow "Pelotas" lace-up pump pounds 82. Stockist enquiries: 0171-584 5439.

36

PC'S BY PATRICK COX

Give your feet air and graces with these effortlessly chic "slide" sandals. The mesh upper lends a tattooed appearance, in keeping with one of this spring's key trends.

How much: black leather mesh slides pounds 69. Stockist enquiries: 0171-730 8886.

37

NICHOLAS DEAKIN

You've bitten the bullet and splashed out on white and light-coloured trousers. But what should you wear on your feet? Simple, stylish and timeless, these soft grey leather loafers are the answer to your prayers.

How much: grey slip-on loafer pounds 105. Stockist enquiries: 0113-244 6875.

38

JONES BOOTMAKER

Fashion movers and shakers know that Velcro is all the rage this spring, appearing on bags, pockets and, predominantly, shoes. The fastenings on this pair make them simply ripping.

How much: black leather "Zola" Velcro-strap shoe pounds 95. Stockist enquiries: 0800 163519.

39

ACUPUNCTURE

What does your footwear say about you? These wide black lace-up shoes, with L-shaped seams and contrasting thick tan soles, are simply bursting with character. Not for the faint-hearted!

How much: black pork-pie shoe pounds 59.95. Stockist enquiries: 0171-580 8600.

40

NICHOLAS DEAKIN

Nicholas Deakin has teamed an irregularly ridged, black moulded sole with a soft-nubuck upper, proving that comfort needn't be sacrificed for style. Wear them with wide linen trousers for the ultimate in cool.

How much: black nubuck-toe suede sandal pounds 39.95. Stockist enquiries: 0113-244 6875.

41

MANDARINA AND DUCK

This spring, bags are slung around all parts of the body, and this is no exception. The simple style is both practical and appealing - wear it once, and you'll be a Mandarina and Duck addict.

How much: "Task" bag pounds 100. Stockist enquiries: 0171-251 8861.

42

SONNETTI

This half-zip, hooded, light canvas jacket is a sporty alternative to No 43. Pull in the drawstring waist for a slim, athletic look, or loosen up and let it all hang out.

How much: beige half-zip hooded jacket pounds 75. Stockist enquiries: 07000 766 6384.

43

SONNETTI

This gorgeous jacket is furnished with several key spring motifs: funnel neck, full-length zip and a wonderful soft green fabric. It is a utilitarian look, with simple lines and adjustable cuffs.

How much: olive-green soft jacket pounds 70. Stockist enquiries: 07000 766 6384.

44

YMC

Seen gracing the heads of such pop icons as Ocean Colour Scene and Oasis, the bucket hat will confer instant rock-star status. This version, by YMC, has a waxy finish that will also ensure stylish protection from the elements. How much: grey wax-finished bucket hat pounds 60. Stockist enquiries: 0171-251 8861.

45

LORUS

For a mission impossible, this watch is a necessity - even its name suggests intrigue. The metallic strap and sexy purple display combine for a funky design that will see it through to the millennium.

How much: metallic "Fusion" watch with purple face pounds 49.99. Stockist enquiries: at H Samuel, 0800 389 4683.

46

PS BY PAUL SMITH

Soft, supple and a rich brown, this bag is both fashionable and functional. The sturdy straps and spacious volume make it a must-have for day-trippers, while unusual stitching around the edges adds a modern feel to a classic rucksack shape.

How much: brown leather hand-stitched rucksack pounds 380. Stockist enquiries: 0171-836 7828.

47

FRENCH CONNECTION

This army-styled bag is marvellously versatile: use it for carrying your gym kit to work, or for an impromptu weekend away - the numerous patch pockets on the front are just the right size for a passport.

How much: black soft canvas satchel pounds 32. Stockist enquiries: 0171-399 7200.

48

SIMON CARTER FOR THE CONRAN SHOP

For the man who plans ahead, these stylish silver cufflinks, designed to hold aspirins, are an essential accessory. However hard you work or play, they'll guarantee you look - and feel - great. How much: silver aspirin cufflinks pounds 39. Stockist enquiries: at The Conran Shop, 0171-589 7401.

49

BOGAERT

Forget gold-rattling Jimmy Saville with his "jewellery, jewellery" catchphrase. A piece like this, with its thick, quality sterling-silver band and original cut-out design, is a symbol of effortless chic.

How much: silver chunky half-loop ring pounds 74.95. Stockist enquiries: 0171-431 1812.

50

HOPE AND GLORY

Lightweight and neutral in colour, this jacket will co-ordinate easily with your basic wardrobe. The double-pocket detail adds a utilitarian look to an otherwise simple design.

How much: beige full-zip canvas jacket pounds 75. Stockist enquiries: 0181-365 3467.

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