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7 Easy-to-Implement Fashion Trends to keep you Fashionable this Winter
For me, the start of a new season usually triggers my recurring “I’ve Got Nothing to Wear” syndrome. All of a sudden the weather changes and my wardrobe has become useless. It’s all so boring. I’ve worn everything a million times before. Everything makes me look fat. I hate this feeling. HATE it. And as someone who has worked in fashion for nearly 10 years, it’s also slightly embarrassing to admit.
Especially when it’s so easy to avoid! You don’t need a whole new wardrobe; you just need a little bit of newness. Here’s the easy way to get your wardrobe ready for winter without breaking the bank:
Confirm Your basics
First thing to do is to recognise that your existing wardrobe is not total garbage, but is in fact full of your essential staple items you can’t get dressed without. The tops and bottoms that you feel comfortable in and that look good. You don’t need to start with much – for me it’s my blue and black jeans, and a couple of white t-shirt options. Nothing revolutionary; just the foundation from which you can build in new items.
NOTE: if you do not have these “go-to” items in your wardrobe, get them! If you don’t feel comfortable in your go-to items, get new ones. Seriously, you have to get those basics right –once you do, everything else will seem easier.
Add Some Excitement!
Here’s where you pick out the best of the new season trends to make your wardrobe lovable again. It’s important to pick and choose trends that suit you rather than slavishly following whatever is going, but you’ll still need an overview of what they are first. Here’s a quick trick to get this done in about 10 minutes:
many of the top UK fashion retailers give a seasonal trend overview on their website. ASOS, Boohoo and MyWardrobe are quite good this season (don’t worry if they are the northern hemisphere seasons, the same trends apply).
WARNING: Fashion has a tendency to overcomplicate trends… don’t worry too much about specifics when you’re reading about trends, just get a general gist.
OR… you can use the ones I’ve picked out. To be honest, I am pretty fussy when it comes to choosing trends, and in my typically overly organised fashion, I have a checklist! I try to pick trends that are:
• Easy to understand (specific styles/colours rather than directional concepts)
• Comfortable to wear
• Easy to wear (you don’t need to be a stylist to pull it off)
• Work for my body type (or in this case, a broad range of body types)
• Realistic (are not ridiculous “fashion-daaaaahling” trends)
• Flexible (can add a personal touch)
• Versatile (have multiple end uses)
• FUN (I strongly believe that fashion should be enjoyable)
• Capable of last more than one season (or be dirt cheap!)
So, if that sounds like it works for you, consider these puppies.
Here are 7 New Season trends which I think are great:
(PS I’m an Aussie in London so my buying recommendations are all UK brands – but I recommend you buy from them online. You’ll usually get better fashion at a lower price than anything you’ll find in Oz).
#1. The Parka
Get started: ASOS has a great range of Parkas (and they ship to Australia for FREE!)
#2. Knitted Jumper and Statement Necklaces
EVERYONE in London is wearing this trend this spring. And it’s easy to understand why. Shock horror a winter trend that will actually keep you warm! You may even already have a knitted jumper in your wardrobe.
Statement necklaces add the jazz and don’t cost an arm and a leg. A great way to make a bold fashion statement without putting too much at risk. Have fun with this trend!
Get started: Accessorize has a great range of Statement Necklaces. (Free shipping to Oz over £75/ AUD$116)
#3. The Midi Dress or Skirt
There was a point where I worried dresses were getting so short they were becoming indistinguishable from tops! Thank GOD for this trend! Dresses that fall to below the knee!! Oh em gee!!
A flattering trend for all occasions – and easy and comfortable to wear! Wear a structured black midi with heels for work, a brightly coloured bodycon version to a party, and a flowing pleated option for the weekend. Wear with pumps, ankle boots, wedges, with or without tights– seriously you can take these dresses anywhere. The fail safe option when you can’t decide what to wear. Just put on and go.
Get started: New Look has nearly 150 midi dresses to browse through! (Free shipping to Oz over £55/ AUD$85)
#4. Leather Clothing
It doesn’t matter in what form you wear your leather this season, just make sure you do. Hot right now are leather skirts, shorts, tops, dresses, leggings… oh yes, and the jacket of course! Pretty much any type of clothing is bang on right now when done in leather. There are some really very nice options just with leather panels on them too which are a little more forgiving.
Get started: checkout Topshop’s range of leather clothing. (Free shipping to Oz over £100/ AUD$150)
#5. Kimono Jackets
Appropriate for work in a colourful print or a wear a sparkly version for an evening out.
Get started: River Island is really pushing quite a beautiful range of kimono tops
#6. Slogan Tees
This is one of those London trends that is just pure fun. It won’t last long, it’s not to be taken seriously, and it’s just to giggle at – like Onesies. Can you get one that’s better than your girlfriends? … That type of thing. It’s a bit of a gimmick, but this is just about having fun.
Not to get on the soapbox too much, but slogan tees are the kind of trend that fast fashion in the UK is all about. And something that is missing from an Australian market that is way too expensive. Because the prices are low in the UK, people can afford to buy something a little bit more disposable, something to have fun with, laugh with friends about.
Get Started: make your own at Zazzle.com!
“Monochrome” - the fancy name for black and white. I got in a bit of trouble earlier this year for saying that black and white isn’t a trend because people always wear it – I got shouted down. This is a trend, it’s just fairly easy. The more outlandish you can be with your black and white (think patterns/stripes/checks) the better you are wearing it. OK to wear with a strong colour block too – e.g. B&W spot top with blue skirt.
Get started: Next has a whole article on Monochrome Spots & Stripes (Free Shipping & Free returns!)
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