Bright and brilliant style to light up the winter
If you love the season of winter with its cold winds, icy frost and early nights because it takes you back to memories of chilly evenings of sipping hot cocoa and enjoying the warmth of a puffer jacket and a cozy sweater, get ready to experience the same sensations in fashion this year. Comfort fashion has arrived and, while looking good is always a priority for both men and women, the struggle to look perfect has disappeared from the fashion scene. As more and more fashionistas embrace imperfection and return to simple living, there is also a nod to comfort that was not there
before. Some of the hottest styles of the year, like the return of the cardigans, the rise of the granny knits and the popularity of the hoodies, show that feeling good is just as important as looking good in the winter of 2017.
What are the fall and winter trends of the year? Here’s a comprehensive compilation of the most popular trends of the season... Comfort is the key Ever since the Athleisure trend of wearing luxurious gym and yoga wear to work and social events became the norm, comfort dressing is a part of our lives now. But make no mistake. Wearing oversized sweaters, shapeless coats and hideous boots are not the benchmarks of comfort fashion. It is important to remember that whether you opt for quilted jackets, warm sweaters or wide leg pants, they have to be stylish, well crafted and worn with the right accessories like a large belt and a pair of sexy shoes. In keeping with the comfort fashion mood of the season, you can wear chunky knits, granny cardis, supersized turtlenecks, cold shoulder sweaters and knitwear with batwing sleeves. If you love slouchy sweaters and relaxed lounge wear, this is the year to embrace these looks and enjoy them to the fullest. Go retro
Retro trends are back with a bang and these looks will rule the roost till the end of winter and till early next year. Several 70s and
80s inspired pieces were seen on the fall and winter fashion runways this year. There were high waisted shorts, bright metallics, pussy bow dresses, off shoulder tops, bell sleeves, peasant tops, tweed fabrics, platform shoes and long skirts. Make sure to keep these vintage looks modern by dressing them up with the right jewellery, jackets and shoes.
Colour perfect The gloomy days of winter are the best time to wear colour. The trendiest colour of this season is poised to be bright red, so get ready to experiment with shades of deep scarlet, dark carmine, cool claret or bright ruby. Opt for tonal dressing whenever possible, where you wear one colour from head to toe, but make sure to add one accessory in a contrast colour to complete the look. The other colours of the season are rich fuchsia, deep navy and warm caramel. Each of these shades can make you look super chic and you can wear them with confidence as they will brighten the environment wherever you go. Make a style statement
Layering is always the best idea for those cold days in winter especially in the south where it can get very warm in the mornings and chilly by night. Stylists suggest that you can try the layering trend in many ways -- for instance you could wear a dress over a strapless top and team it with a pair of masculine trousers. Wearing a dress over a pair of pants is very stylish this year and it is also a good time to try out different variations of the skirt, like skirts with micro pleats, leather skirts with zippers and skirts that are made of tulle or flowy fabrics. There are beautiful fabrics out there this winter like velvet, corduroy, chenille knits and soft chiffon that you need to explore. Statement hosiery and pretty tights are also on the mustbuy list of most women. As for the men...
Elegance and sharp dressing will come to the forefront for men this year. The winter fashion catwalks of the season had models wearing corduroy suits, in shades of deep olive and navy and relaxed trousers in the same fabric.
Male models were also spotted wearing red suits and winter whites while sporting berets and scarves. According to trend forecasters, this autumn will be the year of plaids and checks when it comes to dress shirts, smart knitwear with cowl necks, slim fit suits, quilted jackets, printed silk shirts, smart coats in blends of cashmere and wool, and gorgeous silk ties. Colours like camel, powder blue, moss green and teal will be seen everywhere. Winter is always the best time to dress up for every occasion so that the weather does not dampen your spirits. Therefore, don’t get ready to spend all your winter evenings in a moth eaten sweater and an old coat, watching reruns on television. Dressing up for events has seen a revival despite our love for the relaxed look of athleisure. While women can savour the vibrant and radiant colours of the winter fashion palette and accessorise with ankle boots, statement jewellery and bold graphics, men can enjoy the clean, stylish and relaxed look of the hour.
Above all, make sure you enjoy the season for all the special joys it brings and let your style shine through the chilly days of winter till the dawn of a new fashion season in the year that lies ahead.