Although half the world is going into summer, for the other half, winter is about to unleash its own special set of fashion challenges. Winter can be tough for fashion because style often takes a back seat to practicality when you’ve got to battle cold weather and rain. With these hot style trends, you can stay warm while looking great all winter. Here are some of the top 10 fashion style trends for a hot winter.
Sources: Glamour.com, CityPress.co.za, Graziadaily.co.za
In 2013, everyone from Kelly Osborne to Kate Beckinsdale started going monochrome. The style trend lasted through all of 2013 and is still as hot as ever. The trend makes it easy to look sleek and elegant. If you want a simple outfit for day or night, try pairing black trousers with a fitted white blouse. Don’t forget to accessorize in monochrome to complete the outfit. For a bolder statement, choose monochrome prints such as polka dots or leopard prints. Or wear the polka dots with the leopard print.
Leggings are a trend that’s here to stay. We’ve moved past the boring solid-color leggings into more exciting territory. Choose monochrome leggings with zebra stripes or checkers, or go for full-out with wild patterns.
The beautiful thing about beanie hats is that they can be worn with anything – and they will hide your bad hair day in the process. You can even wear your beanie on the way to a cocktail party or to work. The contrast between the beanie and the rest of your outfit is what makes this style trend really work. When choosing a beanie, don’t just look at the color. Look for beanies that have soft, luxurious textures. They will add more depth to your outfit and accentuate your cheekbones.
With Go Go Golosh you can wear your fancy shoes to work, even in the rain, and still keep them dry. Entrepreneur Holly Dale-Shapiro invented a new line of galoshes that are wearable over heels and ballet flats. Go Go Golosh claims its galoshes are waterproof for more than two hours in four inches of standing water so you don’t have to worry about changing shoes. They’re are available in several colors.
A lot of us choose a neutral-colored jacket to wear in winter so it can work with all of our outfits. The problem with neutrals is they can get boring. Spice things up a bit by choosing a brightly colored pair of skinny jeans, like lime green or rusty orange. No matter what color you wear on top, your outfit will still have flair.
Sheer fabrics such as organza let you play peek-a-boo with your body while creating an elegant, whimsical appearance. But don’t go too sheer! Look for pieces that combine opaque fabrics with sheer parts, such as a blouse with sheer sleeves or a skirt with a sheer overlay.
Dressing like a boy never looked so sexy! The trick is to pair something with a boyish cut with a more feminine item. Not sure how to wear the style? Try pairing a boxy shirt with your favorite skinny jeans. Or wear a blazer with a short skirt. Once you get more comfortable with the style, you can rock the boyish cuts throughout and feminize the outfit with some girly details, such as a boyish loose sweater and trousers accessorized with pastel jewelry.
After a few years of wild patterns being the trend, designers have returned to classic patterns in a big way. The pattern they’re most crazy for? Yes, they’ve gone mad for plaid! A lot of women are scared to incorporate plaid in their wardrobe, but it can instantly add some oomph to an outfit. The great thing is that plaid can be elegant, chic, sexy, or punk depending on how it is paired. The easiest way to get started with this trend is to get a plaid accessory like a nice warm plaid scarf and wear it with your neutral pieces.
Turtlenecks were all the rage a few months ago in Europe when Europe had its winter. Now the style has come to the southern hemisphere just in time for winter there. Choose turtlenecks in solid, dark colors for a sleek and sophisticated look. To really make the look, wear a wool coat with a large collar over your turtleneck. The emphasis on your neck and shoulder line will make you seem taller and create a commanding presence.
Whenever you see more than three celebrities wearing the same shade of nail polish at an event, it’s a trend. So, if the MTV Movie Awards tell us anything, it’s that metallic nail polish is the newest trend for nails. If you are really feeling daring, go for a bright metallic color such as shimmering metallic orange or blue.