Winter is here and there’s no denying the chill in the air.
Yes, it’s time to bundle up, but there’s no need to sacrifice fashion for function this year; there are plenty of snug styles and cozy accessories to keep you warm and looking good throughout the season.
Easy wear continues to be big, we’ll still be wrapping up warm in cozy clothes that make us feel safe; the cape and the blanket come to mind, easy pieces to whip on and off.
The overall trend is towards real clothes that are easy to throw on and a way of dialing seduction down to the everyday, but fashion didn’t forget about fun, color and glamour.
This winter calls for lots of texture
in our outerwear and accessories. The fabric of choice for most designers this season is bouclé wool, along with plenty of suede, sueded fabrics and fun faux furs for coats and jackets. The texture trend does not stop there. We see bouclé wool mittens and socks, along with loads of fun fur wraps and stoles to add to the aesthetic layering and cozy factor to battle the elements.
The print of the season is Animal.
There was a huge array of animal prints prowling over the runways across NYC, London, Milan, and Paris this year. Coats, dresses, pants, handbags, scarves and shoes, in leopard, zebra, cow, croc, cheetah or snake prints were all on show, but it’s the leopard who is the king of the jungle this season!
Long sleeved dresses look chic and stylish for a winter night out; this season with the 70’s trend prevailing, you can bring out the sleeveless dresses and layer them with a contrasting knit turtleneck underneath.
Comfort will also mean an eclectic succession of familiar pieces that are also fail-safe in the style stakes.
Legging lovers rejoice, tunics are in!
Tunic length sweaters and dusters allow the comfort of leggings without showing off a bit too much. It’s an easy way to get away with leggings at the office and still look professional and put together. In the Okanagan we see a lot of overly casual styles that push the boundaries of “business casual” so, as a reminder, when wearing leggings, tunics should cover your tushie to be workplace appropriate.
Also remember that not all leggings are created equal, fashion leggings are designed to be worn under longer tops and dresses, fitness leggings are designed for the gym. Flashing popular athletic logos on your legs should be avoided unless you are employed by your neighbourhood gym or fitness center.
Puffer jackets are finally cool, less bulky and extremely lightweight with high tech insulation, all make for a cozy night out on the town. When it’s too hot for a winter coat, but too cold for a jacket, the Trench is just perfect; this season it’s favoured in metallic or bright patents.
You’re definitely going to see a lot of super-elaborate dresses. Yes, it’s party time which means satin, silk, velvet, crystals, brocade, and sequins used in abundance. These fun flirty frocks are worn with equally elaborate jewellery, shoes, bags, hair accessories and gloves.
It will be a season of solid colours taking the forefront with two major groups this season; the jewel tones of deep wine, rich deep teal and subdued dusty pink take the stage. These colours are being used everywhere for every type of garment. The best part about this colour palette is its diversity, these colours are a great balance of cool and warm tones, so they look amazing worn together and work on every skin tone.
The Winter Neutrals of black and grey have become our staples at this time of the year, but to brighten those dull days try mixing with a little soft powdery blue, the strongest highlight of the season. Winter whites are a must along with retro brown in all shades creating that warm hot chocolate, drizzled caramel sensation. >>>
You can pack away the Fair Isle and stripes, this year the sweaters are solid. Thank goodness!
Solid colours are much more slimming than the horizontal knit patterns of previous years and offer a cleaner, younger aesthetic, not to mention the decreased risk of mixing the wrong patterns!
The grandpa cardigans have been left far behind for open-front duster cardigans. But watch out, this longer style can be very slimming on those with the height to pull them off, but can be a trap for those that are vertically challenged. This style can make petite women look even shorter. So be careful when choosing; this style is meant to hit between your knee and mid-calf, any longer and you’ll look like you are drowning in duster!
The world of fashion has also moved on from the circle scarf and is favoring a more classic style scarf this year. Though not as effortless as a circle scarf it allows for more diversity depending on how you wrap it, or try twisting a couple of different colours together.
Layer upon layer is the theme and with all of the solid coloured garments you will see this year, getting creative with beautiful patterned scarfs and wrap styles will help you show off your personality this winter.
GIVE WINTER THE BOOT
You can’t polish off any winter outfit without a great pair of boots.
Maybe due to the 70’s revival or maybe just because they’re easy to tuck into, the slouch boot is making a big comeback - perfect in suede. Cowboy boots are set to continue as they work so well with the layering trend. You’ll also see more of the romantic Victorian high heeled bootie, along with the cone shaped heel and lots of chunkier embellished heels. Speaking of embellishments, look out for the ‘notice-me’ details jazzing up the black ankle boots this winter.
Let’s face it, women’s breasts are custom sized! No two are identical – even left to right may differ – yet we’ve never been so spoiled with our bra options as we are today across the Okanagan. A rainbow of colours at our fingertips, cute, sexy, uplifting and form fitting bras like we’ve never seen before. Anything in the nude family will work well with the cream or winter white garments of the season. Also watch for the extra comfort features like; foam-padded hook & eyes with scratch-free, printed labels or flexible nylon coated, nickel free wires and extra wide plush straps if you’re looking for extra support. Whatever your choice, please note that underwear should be discreet in public!
Have fun shopping this winter and rest assured, our local boutiques have you covered with fabulous selections of winter coats, jackets, separates, accessories… and when you're uncovered, there’s an abundance of fashionable and functional lingerie options available to meet your desires! W