How To Wear Winter Trends « Stylelogue

How To Wear Winter Trends

November 13th, 2011

Sometimes we have to make sense of the ‘latest trends’. This can be exciting for some of us, signifying that it is time again for a wardrobe change. This we embark on with relish and haste. But to some of us, trends mean nothing. We don’t care. Then again some of us just don’t understand them- we care but can’t make sense of them.

I’ve written this article with everyone in mind. I’ve broken down what I see are some of the most interesting and wearable trends of this winter. Perhaps a little late? Not really. It’s still winter in the UK until March at the very earliest.

The Sixties

Think Jean Shrimpton. Fur trims everywhere, neat-as-pin jackets and ladylike box bags are making a comeback. Even better think Mad Men and Pan Am. Team an A-line coat with stand up collar or a cocoon coat with 3⁄4 sleeves and elbow-length gloves over a navy/white striped top with a peter pan collar, skinny jeans and pumps for a nod to the sixties trend. And for the full ensemble, wear nip wasted form fitting day dresses or sharp but round shouldered suits.

Suited And Booted

This season’s borrow-from-the-boys trend demands a fabulous tailor. Think Marlene Dietrich or Charlotte Rampling in a slim fit tuxedo. Rich, black velvet jackets can be accessorized with a floppy bow tie collar and hat. The masculine feminine balance can be softened with sheer shirts and pencil skirts and if you prefer your clothes to be even more lady like, hint at a men’s accessory such as a silk scarf, a blouse with contrasting collar and cuffs or a women’s fedora.


For a chic, royal and enduringly classic feeling, the Heritage trend has it all. Midi length skirts, high wasted tailored tweed trousers and silk blouses lend old world glamour to the look. To keep it modern, team contemporary pieces such as jeans with a tweed jacket and keep accessories neat and small. Fabrics include tweed, plaid and herringbone.


The fetish trend can be executed in a lovely and very subtle way. By introducing key pieces such a leather pencil skirt to your wardrobe you and mixing with softer items such as mohair or cashmere knits you will be bang on trend without going over the top. It’s about looking sharp, sexy and empowered in a clean and modern way

Tame constricting lace-up bodices and domineering footwear with a demure hemline and glints of refined jewels. Details and trims with leather, laces, studs and cuffs are the perfect way to start the party season….

Key Items For Autumn/Winter ‘11-12

The Shift Dress

Definition: A shift dress is traditionally a simple, above-the-knee dress either cut with a slight a-line or straight. There is normally little or no waist definition and the neckline is usually a high scoop neck or boatneck. A shift dress is typically sleeveless, although short-sleeve and long-sleeve versions are also popular.

Opt for plain and simple in a neutral tone over coloured tights and boots or go for a brighter, shorter style worn over trousers or leggings, tunic style. For added interest, find a polka dot version. For petites keep the spots small and for larger frames go bigger with the spot size.

Combining two of this season's key trends with its shift shape and bold polka dot embellishment; this stand-out dress style by Boutique by Jaeger DKNY Black satin dress with tiger embroidery 	Stylish black satin dress with tiger embroidery 	 Tough-meets-chic in this edgy satin dress 	Flattering fluid silhouette with funky tiger embroidery on bust and back 	Wear with opaque tights, a leather jacket, and platforms for downtown cool 	Pair with ribbed stockings, a boyfriend cardigan, and ankle boots  	Material: 100%Viscose


The Pussy Bow Blouse

A great addition to any wardrobe as it’s suitable for work or play. Sheer fabrics are just as versatile as heavier ones as you can add layers underneath and remove for nights out. They can be worn with denim, leather or fur; tucked into wide leg and flared jeans or worn longer and looser over skinny jeans and trousers.

Combining two of this season's key trends with its shift shape and bold polka dot embellishment; this stand-out dress style by Boutique by Jaeger Cream long line pussybow style blouse with contrasting black trim detail. 100% Viscose. Machine washable.

The Turtle Neck Sweater

A fantastic wardrobe basic for colder days. Perfect for layering and accessorizing to the max. Looks great with jeans, leather skirts or tweed trousers. Wear it glam with hair up, bold, dangly earrings and a chunky metal cuff. Or wear over tailored shirts, with a tiny piece of collar just visible for the ultimate in Heritage chic.

Nougat Merino/Cashmere Turtle Neck Pullover   	Luxurious sweater in camel cashmere/wool blend 	Classic trutleneck with high rip collar and long sleeves 	Slightly waist-fitted 	Ideal for underneath or solo 	Guaranteed: your new favourite basic, nice and comfortable, pleasant and respectable 	Office styling: with pleated pants; club styling: with biker pants  	Material: 51%Merino Wool 49%Cashmere

Leather Trousers

Leather trousers look their best when worn as fitted and slim cut as possible. For most people this means wearing them with longer, looser tops or dresses such as oversize silk shirts, shift dresses or tunic tops. Team with chunky knitwear and boots for daytime or killer heels for evening. They also look great with tuxedo jackets on slimmer, taller frames worn with masculine shirts for the brave amongst you!

A-Line Skirt

An instant body enhancer with the potential to create very different looks- the A- line skirt is a very versatile piece that can be dressed up or down. For high octane glamour dress it up with furs, lux silk blouses and killer heels or channel the Heritage look à la Lauren Hutton by teaming it with knee high boots, a turtle neck and floppy hat. Choose from a mixture of fabrics- leather, wool, corduroy or denim. Go for short, knee length or midi.

Tuxedo Jacket

It’s always worth investing in classic pieces because they add to your capsule wardrobe and can be reworked season after season. However, if you prefer not to look too masculine, team yours with a pair of flat pumps and a dress or a sheer shirt and pencil skirt. If you do want to push the androgyny envelope, go for a tuxedo suit worn with brogues or killer heels or a tuxedo jacket worn over a wide shouldered blouse, tucked into wide leg trousers with flats. Alternatively you can take the look a bit more rock and wear the jacket over skinny jeans, a striped long sleeve top and seventies knee high boots.

Helmut Lang Tuxedo JacketLove Label Tuxedo Jacket

Flared Jeans

Somewhere between the wide leg trouser and boot cut jean, the flare is back. It’s very flattering on all body shapes, the more petite you are, the narrower the flare should be. Keep the cut slim over the hips and go for big heels when you can- wedges sit best under flares.

Seventies Knee High Boots

The wider cut, mid heel height leather boot is perfect with midi or knee length skirts, shift dresses or over skinny leather trousers or jeans. Opt for tan, caramel, mustard, burgundy or charcoal grey for a move away from black.

Black GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI bootsChestnut Mid Heel boots in fine leather

Cocoon Coat

An elegant cocoon coat is the easiest way to work the sixties trend into your everyday wardrobe. Go for big volume and luxurious fabrics such as wool with leather trim. A slim silhouette works best under the volume of this coat so opt for fitted trousers and a chic turtleneck.

Jaeger cocoon coatMiss Selfridge cocoon coat




Key Colours For Autumn/Winter ‘11-12

Soft Colours

Champagne/ Lavender/ Cantaloupe/ Stone

Garments in soft colors are stylish and elegant. They look sexy without being too aggressive. It’s too easy to revert to black, gray and brown during the colder months but by injecting a bit of colour into your wardrobe, it will refresh every outfit. Keeping colours subdued is a chic and classy way to update your look. The soft hues listed above look great with all neutrals. This is also a great way to feminize the androgynous suit trend.

Bright Details

Fire Engine Red/ Marigold/ Lemon or Sun Yellow/ Klein Blue/Bright Plum

If the softer hues are too draining add to them with bright accents and details. Accessories such as scarves, bags or hats or a great-looking pair of boots can really accentuate a dull outfit. Do keep the balance- too many vivid colours in summer is fun and vibrant but in winter can look too much. Klein blue has continued from summer and looks amazing with greys, black, silver or yellow.

The New Neutrals

Midnight Blue/ Burgundy/ Bottle Green/ Felt Grey

If you want color but believe orange, lemon and magenta are too much for you try burgundy. It looks good on almost anyone and adds glamour to the appearance. This color is luxurious and there is hardly a way to spoil your look with it. To add to your black and brown winter wardrobe, try experimenting with bottle green, a soft felt grey and midnight blue- a very deep, inky navy.


Shine/ Sequins/ Fur/ Maribou/ Leather

Mixing and matching texture, layering and building fabrics can add interest to even the dullest outfit. A chunky knit cardigan worn over a silk blouse with leather trousers is a fabulous way to wear all black, all grey or one potentially boring single shade. The very nature of mixing shine with matt, heavy with light, opaque with sheer, creates exciting outfit combinations you’ll come back to again and again.

Print And Pattern

Animal Prints/ Polka Dots/ Plaid/ Modernist Geometry

Print always plays a significant role in the winter wardrobe. It dilutes the monotone scheme and allows more experiment. The safest option is to combine printed items with monotone ones. However, if you are confident about your styling skills you might want to coordinate various patterns in one look for example leopard and plaid or leopard with python. The rule when mixing print and pattern is stick to similar colour palettes and similar sizes. For example, don’t mix a large Mondrian style graphic with a small cheetah print, as it will be drowned out and look messy.

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