Style hotties for Winter 2015/2016

Posted on: 3rd November, 2015

Category: Image

Contributor: Louise O'Dwyer

I know that it doesn’t feel like Winter just yet but that most definitely will change, so don’t let it get you down, as there are some pretty amazing Winter clothes just waiting to be worn!

From curly sheepskin gilets in big bold colours to the biggest of big ‘abominable’ snow jackets – some key items to buy this year. Faux fur is everywhere: Topshop has even lined some of its shoes with it while Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney chose to use faux fur in almost every item.

Of course there is still an eighties revival going on with power shoulders, big retro belts and ruffles. Believe it or not, jewel-effect lurex has been spotted out there too. For those of you who don’t know what that is – lurex is a shimmery type material that makes you look like you are wearing a disco ball! Rock on eighties, I know that it is such a ‘huge’ fashion trend for the ‘young ones’, whereas I will quite happily just look at the pictures and wonder how the hell I ever got through the 80s – we really did ‘not’ know anything about style.

Cuffs are ‘bigger than ever’. Michael Kors chose to really emphasise the sleeves on some of his dresses with a muff-style addition onto the end of the sleeves. Practical? Absolutely not, but it looks amazing! Gucci followed this trend too. The seventies are getting a ‘good going over’ too but this time around it is less glam rock and more ‘folky’. Valentino has piled on the fringing, in fact, it has ‘Fringe overload’ whereas Chloe went with a lot of patchwork and suede. In the seventies look, I would have to say that the poncho is the ‘screaming’ key piece this year.

Red is my absolute favourite colour to wear – it’s bright, bold and ultra-feminine. Whether ‘your’ shade of red is crimson, scarlet, traffic light or ketchup – red is undeniably most definitely this season’s hands-down winner of ‘most stand-out colour’! Dior is flooded with red dresses, Fendi likewise and Hermes couldn’t help but treat us to an even more jaw-dropping variety of ‘red’ dresses. I have a feeling that every Christmas party will be full to the brim with red dresses. My advice – yes of course, go ahead, buy a red dress ‘but’ put it away, don’t wear it now, keep it for a later date when you will look truly amazing and not just blend in with the crowd!

Jewellery is back with bang, with statement neckpieces and big chandelier earrings. Girls – bling is back in town. Balenciagia and Miu Miu have piled on the bling – ‘more is so much better!’

Yes, yes, there is lace everywhere – lace tops, lace blouses, lace skirts and if you don’t have any lace underwear, get a life. But, the ‘high’ neckline thing that is going on, I’m somewhat unsure of! I’ve tried a few pieces, polo necks are not a problem but these ‘stiff’ high neck Victorian effect necks – I thought I was choking and the other side of it is that it makes you look really ‘snobby’, your head is tilted so far up that it looks like you are ‘looking down on everyone else’, so how about we give that trend a subtle slip?

I’ve given you a taste of what is out there – have a good look around, I have to say that the variety is ‘wonderful’, but it all depends on your pocket. If money is tight, just buy some chandelier earrings, a big neckpiece and mix and match them with whatever you already have and you will look amazing. The only person who ever notices that you don’t have anything ‘new’ is ‘you’ – the rest of us are too busy ‘checking out our own reflection on anything that is reflective. ‘Fact!’

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