Fore­cast calls for colour­ful coats

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - Now -

(MS) — Though it might seem as if warm weather barely stopped in to say “ hello” this year, cooler weather is again upon us. Those who re­mem­ber last year might re­call that win­ter ar­rived early and over­stayed its wel­come.

While the pre­vi­ous year’s worth of un­pre­dictable weather has re­stored the no­tion that you never know what’s com­ing with re­spect to the weather fore­cast, it’s not im­pos­si­ble to come up with a fash­ion fore­cast for the com­ing chilly sea­son. Fash­ion­ista and women’s out­er­wear ex­pert Cindy Dun­ham of Burling­ton Coat Fac­tory of­fers the fol­low­ing pre­dic­tions on what to ex­pect this sea­son and how to look hot when it gets cold!

THE STYLES

For the Of­fice — “Dur­ing the win­ter months, a coat is an ex­ten­sion of your busi­ness en­sem­ble,” says Dun­ham. “ Think mid-thigh length jack­ets in wool blends cinched tightly with a belt for an hour-glass sil­hou­ette.”

For play — This sea­son, ca­sual yet struc­tured pea coats are the per­fect top layer, with glam­orous mod­ern and fem­i­nine styling.

“Skip the stuffy belt and look for more on a trendy clo­sure like tog­gles,” says Dun­ham. “Fun plaid pat­terns and bright jew­elled­toned pea coats will be the must- have items for the fall.”

For a night out on the town — Faux leather jack­ets will be all the rage this fall and into the win­ter since they can eas­ily tran­si­tion from day­time to evening. The night will also bring about more ro­man­tic short coats with faux fur ac­cents or mid-calf sweep­ing wool jack­ets with fur trim. And lux­ury fabrics such as cash­mere, an­gora and al­paca blends in ad­ven­tur­ous colours and pat­terns like metallics will shine through the night.

THE COLOURS

In ad­di­tion to pre­dict­ing the pop­u­lar­ity of leather and deep shades of pur­ple and teal this au­tumn, Dun­ham feels bright colors will also rule the roost.

“Bright colours will stand out this fall, in­clud­ing bril­liant gem­coloured hues,” she says. “But you will also see an abun­dant amount of deep, petrol blues and crisp, win­ter whites in all shapes and sizes.”

THE PAT­TERNS AND FABRICS

Dun­ham pre­dicts a strong fall and win­ter sea­son for plaids, om­bre and faux leather.

“Fash­ion­able women ap­pre­ci­ate wear­ing a qual­ity coat that com­ple­ments their in­di­vid­ual sense of style,” says Dun­ham.

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