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Winter Trends 2

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in style with coco

T’is the season, ladies!!! But then, you already knew that. Just about ready to start your December shopping, aren’t you? We’re glad you stopped by to be certain what’s in trend this season and just because you came, I’ll also mix in some staples that you can wear every year. ^_^ After scouring the interwebs, I’I've come up with a list that’s most suitable to our particular environment. Of course, I’m not going to be telling you to buy a fur puff coat.
 
Cap Toe Shoes [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="497"] Source: inesjunqueira.com[/caption]
So, this trend has been around for quite a while and we’ll definitely be seeing much more of it this season. Over time, the trend has evolved to include some very interesting color combinations which some people have gone ahead and been totally outrageous with as is the nature of most “fashionistas”. I however prefer a more subtle cap toe like a tan pair with a bronze cap.
 
Leopard Print [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Source: Pinterest.com[/caption]  
Once again, leopard print makes an appearance in our trends list. The print was featured heavily on fall/winter show runways, and you can find a range of leopard print pieces in just about every shop. I think the trend is fabulous when it’s not too overplayed. Don’t wanna do leopard print pants or a leopard print top? Opt for a leopard print scarf which is a much easier and cost effective way to incorporate this trend with your current wardrobe.
 
COLOURS: Shades Of Pink And Coral, Red, Winter White and Shades of Gray, Blue and Green  [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Source: Pinterest.com[/caption]
Tired of plain old black and white and playing it safe? Well, the runways were overrun with the middle ground - from charcoal to slate. The runways also showcased a wide range of cool blue hues and emerald (2013’s “it” colour) and shades of green. My, aren't we festive this year?
 
Head-to-toe winter white made one of the strongest impressions on the runway this season. It only makes sense, if you ask me. Resist the urge t go dark this season and reach for a white ensemble instead. Dresses, coats and even denim will work for you this season in this colour.
 
Coral was one of summer’s ‘it’ colors and it’s sticking around for this season too. One way of bringing this trend in with your wardrobe is with coral colored skinny jeans and you can’t go wrong with a coral blazer either. Try out different shades f the color and mix and match with beige or tan pieces for a glorious contrast.
 
Red is another colour high on the trends list this winter. Which makes sense as red is one of Christmas’ symbolic colors, no?  Again, you can rock this colour in jeans or a blazer or even a dress. And, in my opinion, red is one of the very limited colours that happen to go very well with leopard print. I have no idea how come.
 
Pointy Shoes [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="589"] source: pinterest.com[/caption]
A couple of years ago, you weren’t cool if you weren’t rocking pointy shoes with bell bottom jeans. Time flew by, our jeans got slimmer and our shoes got less pointy and we moved on. Now, they’re back!! Anything pointy-toed will work great for you this winter – flats, heels and even boots. However, we aren’t calling back the bell-bottoms (not this season, anyway) Rock your pointy shoes with skinnies and a statement bag.
 
Boots [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="236"] Source: Pinterest.com[/caption]
A lady can never have too many shoes! Invest in a quality pair of boots in black or brown (or even both :D) and they will serve you well through the years. They can be high or low, but I personally prefer flat boots where comfort is concerned.
 
Academically-Inspired  [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="375"] Source: pinterest.com[/caption]
On the runway this season, we saw a lot of  crisp button-ups layered underneath cardigans worn with tweed pants, Chanel dressed up tweed in their Haute Couture collection by pairing skirts and suits, while Alice + Olivia wowed with argyle and plaid. Patterns are classic and never really go out of style, so feel free to experiment with whichever you can get your hands on this season. We’ve already talked about leopard print, but you should also lookout for pinstripes and houndstooth.
 
Retro-Grunge-Chic [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="546"] Source: pinterest[/caption]
On the runways, we had ‘50s style floral patterns; capes, thigh-high boots and Twiggy-inspired mini-dresses inspired by the ‘60s; high waists and pleats from the ‘70s and ‘80s made a feature appearance; and what would the trip back in time be without the ‘90s grunge chic look?  Yes, this season is about taking reminiscing to a whole other level and looking completely fab doing it.
 
Leather [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Source: pinterest.com[/caption]
Just like the leopard print, this trend isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Some of the best fashion houses showcased this particular trend with what should be the ideal rebel woman’s wardrobe including zips, chains and studs. Notably, this season, leather isn’t all consuming. Rather, it’s about little details, like embellishments and details on collars, blouses, t-shirts, jackets, skirts and pants. Subtle, yet very trendy. I definitely like.
 
Accessories [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="496"] Source: Pinterest.com[/caption]
No matter what season we find ourselves, it’s important to never forget that accessories are  always our friends. In summer time, you can play about with bangles and statement earrings, but this particular season calls for an investment in in scarves, hats and bags.
 In the area of bags, rest assured that no angular line or boxy shape was spared in the design of the new structural bags and handheld accessories we’re all going to be rocking this season. It’s all about the statement as far as bags are concerned..
 It’s been more than a couple of years since we were re-acquainted with thigh-high boots, which I'm sure I've mentioned are definitely a wardrobe staple, and we’re also seeing smaller heels, color blocking and flats making appearances complimenting hats, gloves and statement coats this season.
 
Well, that’s it (for now).  This is my list of preferred fall/winter trends. Feel free to leave yours in the comments section. Meanwhile, I hope I've been able to provide a little clarity an inspiration for that shopping trip you've been planning.   - By Coco Anetor-Sokei

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