What will you be wearing this winter?

As published in the Wagin Argus, The Grape Vine (Yongerup) and The Williams.

With the promise of autumn just a calendar page away, my thoughts turn to layers to wrap in, winter boots and colourful scarves.

I dream of all the gorgeous things I’d like to add to my wardrobe.

To get your ideas flowing, here is a list of trends for 2012.

Wear your jeans and trousers coloured. Try red, cobalt blue, emerald or burnt orange. If that is all a bit daring, try olive, butterscotch or pewter. Keep the style straight or slim (gently tapered).  

There are many choices on how to wear this look - a tailored shirt, striped t-shirt, fine knit, cropped jacket, wrapped in a trench coat, etc...

A relaxed pyjama style has been a favourite with designers such as Jill Sanders and Stella McCartney.  Wear with uncomplicated tops, buttoned or t-shirt styles, and soft jackets or cardigans. Just remember to swap your slippers before heading out the door!

The new length for trousers is cropped, just above the ankle. You will find this length in both tapered and wide legged versions. Please, no ankle boots with this look.

Prints are still an ongoing focus this season with floral, animal (python), fruit, geometric, graphic, paisley and global influences still going strong. Pick up one of the pattern colours in your outfit for a cohesive look.

Buying an accessory in a pattern or colour is an easy way to try a new look.  Follow Claudia Schiffer’s approach “by updating your handbag, scarf or shoes, you feel like you have a whole new outfit”.

Texture returns. Look out for rich suedes, shearling, velvets, cashmere, satin, metallics and layering knits. Leather (real or fake) and lace will appear together, often combined in the one garment. Try soft cream and caramel, smoky grey or deep plummy shades.

Remember that the bulk of the texture and garment style will influence how your shape is perceived.  Keep to a neat fit in areas where you don’t want more visual weight.

Retro elements will continue in peter pan collars, swing coats, capes, nipped in waists, full and pencil skirts, cropped pants with high waists, cardigans, clutch purses, penny loafers and kitten heels.

The refreshing shades of sugar pastels; mint, lemon and rose pink to name a few, will filter through in time for spring.  But for winter, the key colour is tangerine!

Until next time, happy dreaming.