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5 Winter Wardrobe Essentials for 2019/20


Winter brings with itself a variety of clothing items that serve as wardrobe staples in terms of style and practicality. Layers, leather, outerwear and knits are always essential components. We take a look at 5 wardrobe essentials and their styling details that are clear trend runners for 2019/20…

1.Let’s Focus On Legs

Skirts are getting shorter thanks to an early 90’s, Azzedine Alaïa, body-con influence. Filtered onto the high street expect to see more lycra pencil skirts and dresses finishing high on the thigh layered over tights – plain, opaque, patterned and lacy. This focus on legs has carried through to trousers, which are either second-skin tight; the skinny jean remains on the radar, or at the other end of the scale are high-waisted and super-wide

2. The Sweater

Chic sweater layering can be easily worn up and down. Whether it’s wearing a blouse under a sweater or just donning it as is. JW Anderson belted up his chunky sweaters while Victoria Beckham layered hers over 70’s style shirts and pencil skirts. The look is neat and ladylike with a nod to the 70’s, oh and practical too

3. Leather

Always on the Autumn/Winter agenda is leather. In particular leather jackets, coats, boots and accessories. However for 2019 we have another leather item to consider – leather trousers. From Bottega Veneta’s biker style to Akris’ super-wide versions – black leather trousers were all over the A/W19/20 catwalks. And for those liking the look but not the material the high street such as TopShop and ASOS.com stock vegan ‘faux leather’ varieties.

4. Blazer

A blazer can smarten up an outfit in an instant and the fashion crowd, seen at the recent International Fashion Week’s, were wearing them in abundance. Details to consider – a fluid cut, a sharp shoulder in possibly a classic colour or a fine check. Another great piece for layering – the blazer can be thrown over a casual look or take on a head-to-toe vision of smartness.

5. Long coats

An instant wrap-up against the elements and probably the biggest investment piece is a quality, timeless long coat. Wool being a firm favourite in clean, minimal lines. Classic cream, camel, stone and charcoal were prevalent at The Row, Stella McCartney and David Koma.

2019 winter dressing all wrapped up not forgetting to mention accessories; scarves, gloves and hats to add further colour, pattern and texture interest, and of course warmth.

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