Dressing for the winter season isn’t as pleasant as we women would like too. Layers, coats and heavy fabrics make the fall/winter season not as glamorous. Even so, the winter season is the time for the best parties and dressing to impress isn’t taking into account the low temperatures outside. I looked at the best winter fashion trends for 2012 and found five things in designers’ collections that are essential for a look in-style.
1. Peplum jackets, dresses and belts
Designers have focused for the season on dresses and jackets tailored to highlight the waist. Peplum dresses and jackets are back and even trendier than before. Some are flamboyant, really great for making a statement at a party, while others are insanely feminine with their hourglass line that work for the day too. The belt is also at the top of the winter fashion trends for 2012, whether we’re talking about peplum jackets and dresses or pencil skirts/dresses. Look at Christian Dior, Victoria Beckham, Dolce & Gabbana and Philosophy Di’s fall/winter collections for more examples.
2. Purple is in
Wearing colors during winter makes you pop up, there’s no doubt about it. And dressing only in layers of grey, brown and black is just not fun. So this winter season the fashion trends dictate purple is the must-have color. “Historically purple was only worn by an elite few, but in autumn/winter 2012-13 it will be for everyone” says Francesca Burns, Vogue fashion editor. Check out fall/winter collections by Prada, Stella McCartney, Chanel, Peter Pilotto and Miu Miu for more.
3. Oversize it
I love it when fashion trends turn in my favor. Oversize bags are in, but so are big coats, trousers and jackets. “Oversize was the cool new message this season: shoulders were dropped, lengths were long and trousers had low crotches” says Lucinda Chambers, Vogue fashion director. Look at Gucci, Moschino, Francesco Scognamiglio, Jil Sander and MaxMara.
4. Wearing summer in the winter
It’s not much of a fun season for dressing, but thanks to designers, this year we’re wearing summer in the winter. The winter fashion trends for 2012 feature floral prints and embroidery at the top of the list. “Flocked fabrics and lace overlays added an air of ornateness, putting a fresh spin on the idea of flowers in winter” Lucinda Chambers explains. Check out Dolce & Gabbana to see what I mean.
5. Layers shouldn’t be boring
Dressing properly for the winter season requires wearing layers. It’s more than a fashion trend, but more of a choice to feel warm… But you don’t have to be boring about layering. Collections by Chanel, Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton are making layers look lavish.