Our reality has changed, and with that, the entire fashion and beauty industry.
This is where we find ourselves. You can either stay in your bed until it is all over or you can get up, get dressed, put on a mask and do something positive. I am going for the latter, and yes, I am still getting up, putting on my make-up (some days more than others) and picking out an outfit for the day.
The question then arises, what about winter fashion trends. Does anyone really care what they wear? Well, that naturally depends on you. I think we will be reconsidering our purchases in the next few months, possibly years, thanks to the economic state. Gone are the days of buying an entirely new wardrobe, if you did that in the first place. This year, most people will be focusing on restyling the items that they already have, altering and replacing items that are very tired. That said you might still feel the need to add a few flourishes to your wardrobe. A new accessory, scarf or knitwear piece. Or maybe a new pair of boots or earrings just for an accent of colour and joy.
A month or two before lock down I started putting together my favourite winter trends of the season. Now, I would rather like to refer to them as fashion highlights for the season. Areas that you can look at if you like, use if you like and buy if your like. Fashion is optional and you take the parts you like and make it your own, using what you have and within your current budget.
In the spirit of supporting local, I have added a few pics of items that you can purchase locally or online. I have formed a good relationship with many of the owners of these fine establishments and can call them my friends. These have been difficult times for all retailers. So, have a look at the items, visit their websites and social media and contact them directly if you want them to keep something for you. I have also added a few links to some of my styling videos. Here goes:
Earthy hues have been trending since last season, but this winter they are even bolder, combining many different shades and textures. Wear one hue or mix a few together with some statement jewellery. If warmer tones are not your best colour, wear them at the bottom and combine with cooler tones on top.
A selection of earthy Autumn pieces from Wild Orchid Boutique
If you need a touch of colour after all the earthy tones, bright colours are the way to go. Cobalt blue and a bright tomato red seem to be leading the way, but any bright will do. Whether you wear one colour from head to toe, different tones of the same colour or colour block, just have fun. And if all this colour is a bit much for you, why not try an accent accessory in a bold colour.
Bright and bold rings and leather pouches from Ateljee
Some bold colour styling tips from me:
The return of stylish modest elegance. Think late seventies early eighties, trench coats, tweed blazers, blouses, pleated skirts and trousers. It is a very put together refined look. On researching the meaning of bourgeois and how it has been used in the past, I must say I was not so excited. I do however love the look, so try to ignore the connotations of yesteryear to this word. Bring out your neck scarves, pearls and heels, elegance is in the air.
A timeless necklace from Jade
Classic white and navy blouses by Loraine Roux Collection
As I have mentioned many times, animal print is not a trend it is a wardrobe classic. There are so many versions that you really never can get bored of it. This year zebra and snakeskin seem to be leading the pack, but never fear leopard is always a staple. Mix your animal with other prints like polka dots and checks and have some fun with accessories too.
Here are some Animal Print styling tips from my wardrobe:
PLEATHER AND LEATHER
Whether you go for the artificial or genuine, leather is definitely needed in your wardrobe. It is versatile and you can layer it with so many different textures from chiffon to lace giving it a chic to punk feel. From culottes, skirts, pants and of course a jacket. Play around with different pieces or discover and revitalize old ones in your wardrobe. Then add some accessories to make the look slightly more feminine, or not!
CHECKS AND HOUNDSTOOTH
Winter is synonymous with checks, tartan and houndstooth. There is definitely a very big eighties influence, so embrace it. There are so many versions but generally all remain classics. Combine it with other prints, checks and colour or wear it as a suit and add accessories in contrasting colours and prints.
FAUX FUR AND SHEARLING
One of my favourite items in winter. Nothing gives warmth quite like a bit of faux fur. That being said shearling and sheepskin are not far behind, appearing once more on collars and cuffs everywhere. Whether you prefer a bomber jacket, coat or merely a scarf, that furry texture definitely adds an extra element to your outfit.
This beautiful red faux fur jacket looks amazing with these embossed snakeskin pants, all from Slate Boutique.
This season’s florals are darker, moodier and found on very feminine shapes. Whether you add a more country feeling with slouchy boots or more romantic feel with a touch of velvet and feathers. Play with your dresses and accessorize them differently. Add a coat and fabulous scarf and you are ready for the season ahead.
The beautiful embossed velvet Tunic and feather brooch are available from Slate Boutique.
Here are some wardrobe styling ideas for your winter dresses:
A TOUCH OF NEON
Just like bold bright colours, neon colours, are even brighter and even bolder. These are not for the faint-hearted. If you prefer not going neon from head to toe, pair a neon top or bottom with white, grey or neutral of your choice. Or maybe just try an accessory, like earrings or a bag for an extra pop of fun to your outfit.
This gorgeous yellow pouch will add that pop of brightness to any outfit available from Ateljee.
Winter without knitwear is just inconceivable. Warm and comfortable, there are no rules. Layer different knits together or try a knitted suit. Big cardigans, brights, neutrals, cables and finer knits, the options are endless. Tuck in your knit or wear it comfortably over leggings or skinnies. Find something that works for your body and lifestyle.
The delicate mohair striped cardigan is from Slate Boutique as well as these beautiful feather brooches. The perfect accessory for a plain knit.
Contact the above stores, visit their online stores, social media and shop a little! Have fun!
If you need assistance sorting through your Winter Wardrobe, CONTACT ME, and we can schedule a Zoom styling session.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 084 515 3637
Highlight forecast photos from Pinterest and all other photos were provided by the stores mentioned.