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Winter is coming, and it’s our favourite time of year!  🙂

Apart from it being the time of year where we overindulge in food and drink and our body weight in chocolate, we can finally wave goodbye to mini dresses and say hello to oversized jumpers and chunky scarves.

As the temperature drops, it can be difficult to beat the winter chills in style.
Our chosen key trends will keep you looking chic and stylish while staying cosy and warm during the festive season.

 

Go Wild for Animal Print

Leopard, snake and zebra print stole the show during Summer, but the spotted and striped patterns will continue until the latter part of 2018.

From high street to designer, this animal-inspired trend is the perfect way to look classy and fabulous.
As these clothes come in an array of colours and styles, there’s something for everyone.
Tuck a white silk shirt into a pair of neutral-toned snake print trousers for a classic look.
For more of a ‘wow’ factor, wear a sophisticated leopard print coat over an all-black outfit.
Wearing loafers or brogues with any of these outfits gives you a stylish casual daytime look or wear with a pair of patent court heels for that high-fashion edge.

 

Fashion pretty woman wearing a retro elegant hat, sunglasses, brown jacket and black handbag walking in city over grey background

Be Bold in Checks

A print is everything this season and checks are no exception.

Influenced by 1990s fashion – think Cher Horowitz’s in the film ‘Clueless’ – checks have had a contemporary revamp.
Wearable in both grunge and feminine style, they are the perfect street wear.
From check shirts and blazers to trousers and skirts, this is the wardrobe staple you need this winter.
Wear a checked pinafore over a chunky jumper, tights and biker boots for a cool retro vibe.

Keep Your Style Luxe in Leather

Although it’s never going out of fashion, faux leather is more on-trend than ever before.

Taking inspiration from vintage 1980’s trends, leather clothes have evolved in fashion.
Leather has developed from its masculine and punk rock routes and is now super sexy and stylish part of our everyday wardrobe staples.
It’s a versatile fabric, and these timeless pieces such as leather hats, belts, bags and purses are the perfect accessories to add to your winter wardrobe.
Along with staple black leather jackets, you can expect to find an array of colours and styles this season.
To stay on trend, update your wardrobe with leather trench coats, trousers, skirts, dresses, tops, boots and trainers.

Stay Casual and Cosy in Athleisure Wear

If you’ve not already noticed, casual is the new glam!

High street stores and websites are going crazy for athleisure clothes.

Oversized boxy fit tee’s, joggers, cycling shorts, hoodies, leggings and sweatshirts are the new street style, and we are loving the chilled vibe.

The worn and neutral toned colour palettes are heavily inspired by Kanye West’s YEEZY collections, but you can shop his looks for a fraction of the price on the high street.

Pair cream skinny joggers with a white tee, heels and a beige teddy bear coat for an effortless day-to-night look.

The Refined Cowgirl Western Trend

Update your wardrobe with western style clothes.

Think leather saddle crossbody, suede button shirts, smart leather cowgirl boots, rusty brown trousers and prairie style dresses.
These trends are popular on the catwalks and can be seen filtering down to the high street brands in design details like fringing, frills, western style buckle belts and studs.
The ‘cowgirl’ style is super feminine and adding incredibly chic details – even if they are small – to your winter wardrobe is a must.
It doesn’t have to feel like you are dressing up though, you can reinvent the cowgirl look by pairing a white ruffle shirt with wide leg trousers or wearing cowboy boots with a check dress and a leather jacket.

Look Sophisticated in Pleats

Everybody from Meghan Markle to Victoria Beckham have been spotted wearing pleats and this trend is destined to be huge this season.

While the midi skirts and dresses are classic wardrobe staples that will be carried on from Summer, pleated trousers are becoming increasingly popular.
Instead of styling pleats with the classic feminine blouses and strappy tops, designers such as Valentino and Balenciaga are toughening them up to make them appear more masculine.
To style pleats in an androgynous yet sophisticated way, wear pleated trousers with biker boots, a plain t-shirt and a biker jacket. You could also style a pleated midi skirt with a chunky knit, aviator jacket and trainers.

Be a Material Girl in Tweed

Following the amount of tweed appearing on the catwalks this year, it’s inevitable that tweed will be bigger this winter than it has ever been before.

Designers like Calvin Klein and Marc Jacob’s have styled tweed on the runway and have had stunning results.
As tweed is so classic and timeless, you shouldn’t be afraid to invest in it because you will truly get your money’s worth.
It also never goes out of fashion and for many years to come tweed will be a recurring trend.
However, the high street also does tweed extremely well, and more affordable clothes tend to look a lot more expensive than they are.
This winter, we will see tweed skirts, dresses, cords, longline jackets, blazers, trousers and even head to toe tweed outfits.
For a fabulous on-trend look pair a tweed coat with a leather skirt and cowboy boots to tick of three trends in one outfit.

Get Your Fashion Fix in Silk

The fabric is extremely important this season.

We’ve already covered leather, tweed and pleats so finally, we are left with silk.
Most of this year’s winter trends either revert otherwise feminine looks to a more seamless tough-girl style or bring back trends from the late 1900’s with a modern twist.
Silk is no different and this winter trend sits somewhere in between tough-girl and retro-cool.
To wear it in an androgynous way, you could wear a colourful silk midi dress over a chunky polo neck jumper and a pair of biker boots.
The beautiful bold patterns of silk this winter has more of an old-fashioned feel to it (think about the kind of silks your grandmother would wear).

Whether you want to make a statement and dress head-to-toe or just nod to the trend by tying a silk scarf around your handbag, anyone can pull off this winter trend.

Article submitted by Karla McNeilage with thanks.

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