Granted, it might be hardly noticeable after the great washout summer, but it’s true. As any self-respecting fashionista knows, the change of season can mean only one thing: a wonderful excuse to go shopping!
Cold weather doesn’t have to mean clothes ones that are warmer. So that you can choose whether to bulk up with thick fabrics and cozy knits, or go from the spring and summer with your favorite pieces for layering; group funky accessories and outerwear. That way, you do not need to banish cute tea dresses and floral skirts to the back of your wardrobe for another year; just mix it up by adding jeans or opaque tights and legwarmers, an oversized cardigan or batwing jumper, and these essential winter boots.
The most important thing, and the biggest investment you will make a jacket that goes with everything. Wool swing coats in deep colors are set to be big this year, while a great leather trench or mac never goes out of fashion. The silhouette is waists and skirts, which is extremely flattering for all sizes. So have a rummage in vintage stores or the back of your mum’s wardrobe, this look is retro and you might just bag a piece that is exceptional to make you the envy of hipsters.
Regarding colors, remember winter fashion doesn’t have to be funereal. While charcoal, gray and black are all very well and grown-up, they can be harsh and make you look, or just plain dull! Try a dark, rich color which flatters skin and your hair – maroon, purple and chocolate are all great – and accessorize with flashes of color. So a deep coat will look great with a fuchsia scarf and gloves; navy or jar green are best with the lovely turquoise and blue tones which were all over Spring-Summer this year. A color warms your complexion and will grab attention, so think about a beret or cloche hat in a color you might think outrageous for larger pieces.
Of course, you’ll need a new bag that is fabulous to go with all this outerwear. A black patent tote or shopper, with strap or buckle details, will keep you on-trend when creating a fashion statement. It also provides you somewhere to stash those hats, gloves, scarves, and jumpers that are extra when you are indoors, so no excuses for leaving them! Other key pieces this season shape the overall dynamic, which is extremely feminine but never frilly: cutesy angora jumpers, puff sleeves and empire lines cozy up to corset belts, bold ‘statement’ necklaces, high-waisted pencil skirts and shoe boots for a chic, kitten-with-a-whip kind of vibe.
Many of these winter must-haves will be versatile from now right through spring – and, if this year’s gloomy weather trend continues, right into summer. Before splashing out on something snuggly so, don’t wait for the first frost. The final accessory that every girl should have is, naturally, a good credit card; with many offering 0% on purchases for many months, you can enjoy your new look now and pay for it later without feeling the burn of high-interest rates that often come with store cards.