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What’s hot in the cold this year?

winter warmersNow the weather is turning really cold, those of us who haven’t already will be hot-footing it to the shops to stock up on winter warmers. Some of this year’s trends are a little bit unusual so we’ve provided a brief summary of the must-haves for this year.

Pinks are really in this winter. This is quite unusual for this time of year, especially since light, pastel pinks are particularly in when it comes to winter coats. The colour can be worn alone as a head-to-toe statement, or combined with beige or scarlet to make you stand out. To tone it down, greys are also big this season so a flash of pink with a predominantly grey outfit can keep you on trend without turning too many heads.

In terms of patterns, it’s all about squares this year. Tartan is particularly on-trend, as is any fabric with checks and linear patterns. According to Glamour Magazine “every girl has something tartan in her wardrobe”. Animal print is also a popular pattern this year, with some surprisingly classy looking leopard prints making an appearance on the catwalk. Floral patterns have also shown up on the catwalk, marking an unusual transitional continuation from summer to winter. Another pattern that has made the transition from summer to winter is camouflage. Combining it with luxurious fabrics has given a different take on the old master of disguise.

This year, it’s all about feminine clothing. Nicely shaped dresses, gathered in the middle and showing off the waistline. For skirts and tops, it’s all about the fullness of the skirt combined with big shoulders and a tailored middle. Wrapping up against the cold in trousers, sweatshirts and boots just doesn’t cut it this year; click here to see the contrast with last year’s cold weather wear.


Purchasing a coat tends to be the one big spend of the winter for most people. Thankfully this year, you get a lot of coat for your money. Big coats are in. They are oversized, lightly tailored and in pale colours and tartans. Combining two colours is popular this year, both in the form of panelled looks and wearing two coats together. Shoulders are gently but deliberately rounded with faux fur putting in an appearance around collars and cuffs.


If you can’t handle the idea of purchasing pink clothing then why not pick up a pink bag, scarf and gloves? As for shoes, the animal print trend has spilled over into footwear, along with the snakeskin effect. While sensible shoes that we can walk in are creeping back, the stiletto is still a big look this season. In particular, jeans are notably more acceptable when teamed up with a pair of high, dainty stilettos. Statement jewellery can add a little bit of glamour to any outfit. Large items covered in gems were also popular on the catwalks in colours to complement the rest of the outfit rather than to stand out of their own accord.


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