by guest author: Alex
The nights are colder and the days are getting darker, which can only mean one thing; winter is here. Some people love winter, but normal people much prefer the warmer days. Dressing for warmer days is easier too; you can get away with throwing just about anything on and look great. Winter is a different story. You need to stay warm and comfortable while looking chic. To help you out, here are 8 of the best winter fashion tips:
1. Make Sure Your Outfits are Balanced Out
As you’ll want to stay warm during winter, it’s easy to end up being drowned by different fabrics. If you ensure your outfits are balanced out, you’ll look much better. You can balance your outfits out by making sure you wear something tighter on the bottom if you’re going baggier on the top, and vice versa.
2. Learn How to Layer Up
Layering is one of the most useful winter fashion tips you can use. Knowing how to layer will instantly make your outfits more interesting. You can then add layers or take them away depending on how cold the weather actually is.
3. Include a Pop of Colour
The weather doesn’t mean you should stop wearing colour completely. Why stick to blacks and greys and make life seem duller than it actually is? Include a pop of color and you’ll feel much better about the cold weather! Even just wearing a brightly coloured bag could make your outfit stand out.
4. Use Lots of Texture to add Interest
One of my favourite things about winter is wearing lots of texture. Texture helps to add depth to outfits and make them look so much more interesting. I love to wear leather, faux fur, and other wintery textures to amp up my looks. This sort of look can be created with Irish clothing too.
5. Always Accessorize
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you should forget to accessorize. You can accessorize using scarves, hats, gloves, and even statement rings/necklaces.
6. Try to Show off Your Shape
Something I always notice about people during winter, is that they usually disguise their shape with their clothes. This can lead some people to look dowdy or frumpy, which isn’t ever a good look! Try to show off your shape by using a belt outside of your jacket, or on the next layer of your outfit. Looking hourglass is always a good thing!
7. Experiment With Scarves
Experiment with different scarves of patterns, lengths, and thickness to make a statement. You can tie them lots of different ways too, so you can look different each and every time you wear one!
8. Let Your Boots Do the Talking
I love wearing statement boots. Pick a pair you love and then let them do the talking with your outfits. Over the knee boots are set to be huge again this year!
Use these tips this winter and you’ll love the way your outfits look. Leave any tips of your own below!
Ferragamo's creative director, Massimiliano Giornetti, set the tone for the Salvatore Ferragamo 2015 Autumn/Winter menswear collection with a call to the wild. It was back to nature with a dirt runway and a virtual forest background for the Italian label. Ferragamo presented a myriad of sartorial textures, layered for the cold and to perfection, of course. Some of the coats featured embroidered birds and flowers working its way from the bottom and flying upward. It was a refreshing element you don't see everyday in menswear. But my very favorite element/accessory had to be the scarves. Or should I say SCARVES! They were dramatic and mammoth. They commanded so much stage presence and while some may argue that they over-shadowed the collection, I say nonsense. They were perfection.
"Classically Bohemian" is what designer Christopher Bailey called his collection for Burberry Prorsum - "I'd wear every single piece" is what I call it! Such a rich collection of prints and patterns like leopard, camo, florals and paisley. Lots of texture, lots of layering. Scarves, ponchos and shawls. I was especially drawn to the pants. They are slightly drop-crotch yet still slim cut to the ankle. Comfortable and on trend at the same time.
by guest blogger: Mollie O'grady
Winter is just around the corner, and unless you live in a tropical paradise, it's time to put away your beloved summer wardrobe and pull out the cozy sweaters and boots...or is it?
This winter, the fashion world is exploding with fun looks that weave summer's hottest trend, the strapless dress, long into the winter months.
Try these styles to jazz up any strapless dress.
Winter can be frigid. Although it's tempting to try on cute, semi-skimpy tube dresses that go perfectly with those new peep-toe heels, you don't want to be caught outside when a gust of wind makes you cringe longingly for the Caribbean. Keeping warm in a strapless dress can be tricky business, so make sure to bundle and layer as much as you can without looking like a bag lady.
When wearing a strapless dress in the winter, start your look from your feet up, when those tootsies are bundled it makes a huge difference. This season it's all about the boots. From rocking boots to stilettos; boots are back in a big way. Boots make a great accompaniment to strapless dresses, as you can throw tights or even hide poodle fleece socks underneath. As noted by Urban Outfitters, this season's cute looks include pairing socks with pumps or even peep-toes to stretch your summer wear as long as possible.
Next, it's time to work those legs! Take advantage of the boat loads of cute leggings lining this year's racks. You can mix and match colors with styles, lacing looks
, and sparkles match with just about anything. The same goes with tights, you can pair patterns for a fun bohemian look, or spice things up with fishnets over nude tights for warmth and style on a sassy night out.
Although sometimes you have to forgo a little comfort for the sake of style, if it's enough to give you frostbite, then you've gone too far. That's where layers come in. Layers are making waves across runways in a big way this year, and you can easily cash in on the cuteness. If you have fitted long sleeve shirts, or even baby doll t-shirts, you can layer them underneath your strapless dress and throw a cardigan over. Even the added warmth of a
under your strapless dress can work out nicely.
Last but not least, a jacket or coat is the most important part of a winter ensemble. There are infinite numbers of cute coats out there just begging to be paired with your favorite strapless dress. A fitted trench coat can give a strapless dress an instant elegance, taking you from a cute daytime look to fancy and warm in an instant. Puffy down coats can be added for extra "spunk" and go-anywhere attitude, or a blazer can add a muted respect for business and play time. Top your look off with a cute hat and scarf and you'll be the bell of the winter ball!
by guest blogger Samantha Bailey
I recently had a discussion with a trusted friend that went like this:
Me: I have decided that of all accessories, scarves are the very best. What do you think?
Friend: Well, let's think this over. Scarves ARE quite versatile, but I'd say sunglasses are the best ever. They give you mystery eyes!
Me: Good point! However, wearing sunglasses indoors is really shady. Scarves are great inside and outside!
Firstly, see what I did there with "shady?" You're welcome. Secondly, I started this conversation as a bit of a joke, but as I thought about it, I realized I was right. Scarves are the very best accessory and I can identify and invalidate the claims of these pretenders to the accessory throne. Batten down your hatches and prepare for a world star level battle of the whole thing.
Sunglasses are exceptional accessories. I'm not trying to take anything away from sunglasses. They do give you mystery eyes and the color and shape of the frames can say a whole lot about your personality. Only the most confident and outgoing of us can pull off big, bright frames on a regular basis. For the more sartorially conservative among us, a classic aviator or black ray ban can give kick to your outfit and protect your eyes from sun damage.
The biggest fail for sunglasses is the limited realm of socially acceptable occasions at which they can be worn. Unless you're in a high stakes poker tournament, you can't really get away with wearing sunglasses indoors or (despite what Corey Hart would have you think) at night.
Hats are in the same boat as sunglasses. They're great for those that can pull them off, but they also have limitations as to when and where it's appropriate to wear them. I, for one, am quite sad that ladies hats are no longer in vogue as they were in the '40s. The upper crust of British society loves nothing more than a fantastical hat or fascinator for a formal affair, but here in the U.S., they are looked on more as costume pieces than fashion.
Thusly, Scarves Rule Supreme
While hats and sunglasses have been shown (above) to be valid components of your wardrobe, let's look at how and why the scarf has, and shall forevermore, reign supreme.
Firstly, there is a great variety of scarf shapes and sizes. I truly believe anyone could find at least one scarf that fits their personality.
Secondly, scarves are unisex. Outside of winter, male scarf-wearing is generally limited to hipsters and artistes (yes, the "e" is intentional).
. They can be worn indoors and outdoors in all seasons. Scarves are perfect for any weather: hot or cold, rain or shine. A scarf can be paired with the most casual outfit right up through formal wear. A scarf isn't sized, so you can purchase one as a gift without implying anything about the recipient, other than their excellent fashion sense.
You're welcome world. Now on your next visit to the accessories department, you'll know where to start your shopping. Viva la scarf!