By Arianna Rodriguez
Photos by Andrew Foord
Winter is right around the corner, and just because the weather is going to be cold and frigid, doesn’t mean you need to compromise your fashion sense and wardrobe! You do not have to choose between the battles of warm vs. cute; you can be a fashionista who has it all. Here are the upcoming winter trends:
Faux Fur Connoisseur
One winter trend that is bound to keep you warm is faux fur. Faux fur is trending in outerwear and cold wear items such as infinity scarves, vests, jackets, hats, and gloves. Faux fur is an easy add-on to any outfit that is stylish, warm, and furry friend-friendly. Faux fur comes in numerous colors, textures, and styles. You can wear a faux fur jacket with a LBD and pumps to add lavishness to a simple dress. Faux fur vests and scarves may be styled in various ways, such as black denim, booties, and a black sweater, and subtle accessories for a city sleek minimalist style. From the runway to the streets, this style is a must. Any way you decide to wear faux fur, know that you will be chic and cozy!
Modish Midi Skirt
Say goodbye to the mini and hello to the midi skirt. Mid length skirts have been in trend, and they are not going anywhere anytime soon. The midi skirt is an item that can be worn to work during the day, and also out to dinner at night. The midi skirt is classy, and current. It’s perfect for holiday events such as your company’s Christmas luncheon or your neighbor’s annual holiday soiree. This mid length skirt is going to become a staple item in your closet this season due to its versatility; the possibilities are endless with this classic element.
The ‘90s are back! Velvet has been featured all over the runway and is a perfect material for this season. Velvet is enticing, shimmery, and slick, and it’s the ideal material to be wearing to any holiday party this winter. Velvet is best worn in onyx black, or other jewel tones such as emerald green, ruby red, sapphire blue, and quartz purple. A velvet dress can be worn with opaque tights and pumps and accessorized with chandelier earrings and a cocktail ring for a glamorous outfit of the night.
Remember circa 2004/2005, the lovely styles of the gaucho pants and ponchos were trending? Well luckily the gaucho pant trend is still buried, for now… but the cape is back! The folk style, chic blanket nonchalantly hanging over shoulders of models has been featured on the runway including designers Burberry and Roberto Cavalli. Prepare to see this particular item on shelves of almost every store. The ruana comes in a few styles embracing color blocking and even the faux fur trend adding trimming to the cape. Most brands will feature a one size cape that will be stunning on every body type and figure. The poncho is impressively a staple trend this season; it’s fast, easy to wear and layer on almost any outfit, and a perfect option of outerwear.
Who says turtlenecks aren’t cute? Kate Moss rocks a chunky turtle neck and inspires yet another trend this season. Kim Kardashian West has also recently been seen wearing a slim-fitted neutral Wolford turtleneck bodysuit with a bright red Alexander Wang midi skirt and red suede Louboutin ankle strap pumps. Turtlenecks don’t have to be frumpy, especially when properly accessorized; it could be your go-to winter item! Oversized turtleneck sweater dresses are sexy when paired with over the knee leather or suede boots. For something more moderate, pair a turtleneck bodysuit with dark denim and a statement necklace and flats.
White Hot Winter
Winter white is pure delight this season. I know, I know, Fashion Rule Number One: DO NOT WEAR WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY. Malia Obama and other luminaries break this standard rule and prove otherwise. After all, aren’t rules meant to be broken? White sweaters, white pea coats, white dresses, white skirts are all white hot and an absolute must. Step out of your comfort zone and try something new and fun. Be a fashion leader and stand out in the crowd this winter season and dare to wear white.
Mad for Plaid
Are you mad for plaid? I know I am! Plaid is back and presented in a variety of colors and styles in winter articles such as scarves, gloves, hats, and coats. Plaid is also popular in sweaters, pencil skirts, trouser pants, and button down shirts. Plaid is such a fun and easy trend to play with because of its enduring and traditional style. You can add a colorful plaid to a monochrome outfit, or a black and white and gray plaid to a minimalist outfit just to add some flair.
Winter blooms are in full effect. Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada might say this is actually groundbreaking. Floral print may add some brightness to the ever dulling colors of winter such as black, white, and gray. Floral blouses and accessories such as clutches, and scarves are sure to liven up a dreary winter day.
Of course, headwear is trending this winter! It’s just as important to keep our ears and head warm throughout a brisk winter, so why not look cute and fashionable while doing so? The ever-so-classic, throughout all seasons, is the beanie. This winter, bright beanies are being worn for a bold contrast. Fedoras are back again for another season, but this time with an addition of studs, feathers, and leather, increasing edge. As mentioned earlier, faux fur is trending, and that includes hats. These hats are primarily trending in ski caps with pom-poms. It may sound youthful, but pair your fur hat with a dark berry lip and it’s now bold and voguish. Another hat trend is hats with ears. Yes, you read correctly, and let me inform you, it is quite the cat’s meow. Most styles are subtle pointed cat ears featured in beanies, and some are not as subtle. Nevertheless, the trend is fun and quirky. Also, caps are always in style. This season, caps are quilted, and also have leather panels and detailing. Caps are also featured with pom-poms at the head of the cap as recently seen in magazine editorials. Different and whimsical? I think so. Riding hats are a modern alternative to baseball caps and are also in style — a perfect fit to match those riding boots you purchased last season. And the wool floppy hat is a craze for the fall, and will be here to stay for the winter season also. It is fashionable and dashing, easy to pair with almost any outfit.