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Top 10 winter fashion trends

Delicate detail ... Collette Dinnigan lace dress.

Delicate detail ... Collette Dinnigan lace dress.

Such is life on planet fashion that as next summer's hot trends are being showcased now on the runways at Australian Fashion Week, back in the real world, with the mercury dropping daily, we're busy planning our winter wardrobes. Consider this your official winter wish list.

LACE: One of winter's chicest trends, look to lace blouses and mini-dresses for a glam look by day or night.  This season however lovely lace doesn't just come in traditional black – or navy for that matter – but pale shades like cream and white and the prettiest pastels – icy blue, mint green, yellow and fairy floss (al la Louis Vuitton's stunning Autumn/Winter 2012 collection).  Or if you're feeling really adventurous go for gilt – even Collette Dinnigan is championing the look.

LUXE LEATHER: Call it the Lisbeth Salander effect but tough leather - and lots of it – is set to rock the winter radar.  Work the look in black, or go for luxe shades of chocolate and tan.  A leather motorbike jacket, leggings (go on be brave we spied a hot pair at Sass & Bide), a chic ¾ skirt (the new length), or even a leather shift dress (thank you Celine) will give you serious fashion cred.

Green dream ... Mela Purdie's emerald shirt dress.

Green dream ... Mela Purdie's emerald shirt dress.

EMERALD CITY: Making for a glamorous jewelled statement is the shade of the season – emerald green.  Livening up the winter landscape, a bold shot of Emerald courtesy of a tailored jacket, trench coat, satin shirt, or any all-out frock screams on trend.

COLOUR POP: It's no secret classic shades of black, grey and brown prevail in winter, but no wardrobe is complete without the necessary pop of colour. Brighten up your outfit instantly – and avoid overkill – with the help of a poppy bright scarf - go sunny yellow, bright orange, hot pink or green. Rainbow coloured jeans – think red, cobalt, orange and pink (still going strong for winter) will also help you fly the flag for colour.

IN THE TRENCHES: What woman doesn't covet a classic like a Burberry trench in enduring camel?  A can't-live-without winter staple – whether you cover up with a fashion favourite trench, a tailored jacket, a cute pea or a sexy swing coat, there's only one colour – camel.

Classic camel ... trench coat from Jag.

Classic camel ... trench coat from Jag.

IT BAG: Touting a summer bag won't do in winter, but there is more to life than boring black. This season embrace the latest twist on noir and opt for a rich chocolate or sultry grey. As for the shape? Structured without being stiff is where it's at.  Take inspiration from the likes of Prada, Jerome Dreyfuss and Givenchy but be savvy and shop it on the high street.

ANKLE BOOT: As they love to say on planet fashion if you only buy one thing this winter make sure it's ... an ankle boot. Practical but with a fashion forward edge, look for your bootie in luxe leather or chic suede (black or tan is the way to go – or why not both?). A hint of a heel (wooden will break things up) is seriously chic. Oh and in case you've missed it, the other boot to covet right now is the posh gumboot (yep really!). Look to brands like Hunter and Burberry or head to your local Bunning's to pick up the real deal. And yes you can wear them with your skinny jeans and a chic blazer anywhere.

SHAPE UP:  One of the most exciting – and sexy – silhouettes to emerge for this season is the peplum.  Not to be feared, this new incarnation is an ever so subtle detail on dresses, jackets and skirt and top sets.  Big on impact, but totally wearable even the Duchess of Cambridge has adopted the look– and when it comes to style wherever Kate treads the rest of us will be sure to follow.

Style-setter ... Kate Middleton helps to resurrect the peplum.

Style-setter ... Kate Middleton helps to resurrect the peplum.

COZY KNIT: It wouldn't be winter without beautiful knitwear. Moving on from the bulky boyfriend styles, this season knit comes long and streamlined. Look to luxe yarns like cashmere and merino and consider a long cardigan a great alternative to a tailored jacket.  Or add a take you anywhere knit dress to your wardrobe.

CAMOUFLAGE: Consider army accents your canvas when creating your winter wardrobe.  Army greens, khaki, camel, brown and grey are the key shades for basics like slouchy pants, cargo and cropped jackets, while military inspired pieces – think satchels, pea coats, belts, boots and accessories like sunglasses will help you win the war on fashion.

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19 comments

  • Leggings is not pants. Don't do it!!!

    Commenter
    Me
    Location
    Darlo
    Date and time
    May 01, 2012, 2:10PM
    • I was just going to say... why on earth encourage people?!

      Commenter
      pilot78
      Location
      Fitzroy
      Date and time
      May 01, 2012, 5:32PM
    • Especially those bigger than skinny, no I don't need a visual either. Stretch should be banned after size 12.

      Commenter
      not for me
      Date and time
      May 02, 2012, 2:17AM
  • "What woman doesn't covet a classic like a Burberry trench in enduring camel?"

    Me. Camel only looks good on camels.

    Commenter
    No thanks
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    May 01, 2012, 2:12PM
    • Agreed! Trench = yes! Camel = dear god no!!!

      Commenter
      KG
      Date and time
      May 01, 2012, 2:41PM
    • yep victims, camel does not flatter anyone. Makes you look washed out. Maybe on darkskin not whitie anglos.

      Commenter
      not for me
      Date and time
      May 02, 2012, 2:22AM
  • An emerald shirt dress? Well I won't be wearing that thing in winter. It's too cold. Besides, leaving the bare chest exposed like that could cause asthma. Not glamorous!

    Commenter
    Megan
    Date and time
    May 01, 2012, 2:37PM
    • At least they'd have easy access to your chest when you collapsed. :))

      I look at slebs and think at least we mere mortals are allowed to actually dress warmly. You see them in the UK wearing stilettos and skimpy dresses with slush on the ground. Glad I wasn't born gorgeous. Or should that be gorgeous but Not Very Bright.

      Commenter
      bornagirl
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      May 01, 2012, 2:53PM
    • Maybe I'm just getting old and forgetting how things really were, but I'm sure in years (long) gone by clothing instore used to be more seasonally appropriate - ie in winter fashions, it was pretty hard to find anything skimpy or flimsy in the shops. Sometimes it's damn near impossible to find tops with full length sleeves for the cooler months.

      These days, seasons seem to be irrelevant. Being warm must be really er...uncool.

      The shops are also getting even further ahead of the seasons eg - bathers are instore before we've even made it to spring, let alone summer, which is a bit silly in a climate like ours.

      Commenter
      No thanks
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      May 01, 2012, 4:07PM
  • Ladies for the love of god, please don't buy ankle boots. Don't inflict this fashion abboration on your male admirers.

    Commenter
    furball
    Location
    mel
    Date and time
    May 01, 2012, 4:00PM

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