Life & Style Weekend - - FOOD & WINE - WORDS: AM­BER MACPHERSON

In this part of the world, we’re blessed with kin­der tem­per­a­tures. Rather than pull out our parkas, mit­tens and ther­mals as the sea­sons change, we sim­ply throw on a stylish jacket or jumper when the tem­per­a­ture drops be­low 20 de­grees (gasp) and away we go.

Win­ter is an op­por­tu­nity to de­light in ac­ces­soris­ing in on-trend out­er­wear for the short few months of cooler fore­casts.

Cot­ton On ladieswear trend fore­caster Car­lette Franco says this year the fash­ion will be all about get­ting snug in fuzz.

“Women will be see­ing chunky, cosy and tex­tu­ral knits (in win­ter fash­ion),” Car­lette says.

“There will be plenty of fleece and mock neck lay­er­ing, along with state­ment jack­ets driven by her­itage checks, cord and sherpa de­tail­ing.”

As for the lads, cre­ative spe­cial­ist Santiago Sal­gado says util­ity styles and long jack­ets will dom­i­nate the style scene.

“Men’s key styles will be trucker jack­ets, trench coats and puffers,” he says. “Win­ter jack­ets and knits will be paired with denim bases.”

In colours, both men and women will be sport­ing earthy

tones of ma­roon and brown with some playful tar­tan thrown in.

“Brown is the new black,” Car­lette says.

“There will be plenty of choco­late browns, tans and beiges. There will also be colour pop highlights of fig, deep ma­genta and pur­ple. Checks will be a pop­u­lar print.”

More cloth­ing re­quires more co-or­di­na­tion, so Santiago has some ad­vice to en­sure your out­fit is well-as­sem­bled.

“Ap­ply the fol­low­ing rule to en­sure your out­fit won’t clash: printed top ( jacket or knit), plain base; plain top, check and denim bases.

“For menswear, checks and teddy fleeces on top of denim bases are going to be huge this win­ter.”

Car­lette pre­dicts tex­ture com­bi­na­tions mix­ing and match­ing fleece, denim, cor­duroy and knits will be in vogue and a great way to stand out from the crowd.

“Don’t be afraid to wear tex­ture on tex­ture,” Car­lette adds. “It will be this sea­son’s new­ness.”

Look 1: Batwing fash­ion trucker, $69.99; Look 2: New mi­dlength coat, $79.99; Look 3: Jeri batwing pullover, $49.99; Look 4: Borg denim jacket, $89.99. All from Cot­ton On.

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