Every year we see new trends for each season, and this winter is no different.
Some that started last year as a slow trickle are definitely in the forefront for 2016.
So this week I’m sharing my top five predictions for this years winter.
First up it’s all about the boot!
And not just any boot, we’re talking thigh high and calf hugging goodness.
In 2015 I invested in a gorgeous pair of black suede over the knee boots with a flat sole, and I just love them.
They are so well made and warm to boot (pardon the pun)!
On my trip to Italy in January, the Northern hemisphere winter, they were the perfect choice to pack.
Stylish, comfortable and toasty. I could dress them up no problem and as they are flat, I could walk for miles doing my tourist trails.
As my last few pairs of boots have been leather I chose black suede. I hadn’t had the luxury of this hide in years.
To be honest, I usually go for leather from a practical point of view. I do worry about suede in the teeming rain, but these days spray on water repellents are so good.
Just recently a pair of high heeled, thigh highs caught my eye and I had to have them!
These are made of stretch “mock” suede and cling to the leg like a glove.
I feel like they make my legs go on forever and I’m only 5 foot 3!
They feel fabulous on and give any outfit that extra edge. As they are fabric, they can be pushed down and worn knee high or mid calf.
I adore having the versatility. They will be well worn this season I can tell already.
Leather is everywhere this season, and not just in the usual jackets or aforementioned boots.
While a great biker jacket is always on trend, I’ve seen some cool leather dresses around already.
One I really like is by local Australian label “SEED” Heritage.
Sleeveless with a high round neck and a faux wrap mini skirt, it would look excellent with a fine lambswool sweater underneath on cooler days add tights and ankle boots to finish the look.
The same label has a sexy wrap skirt with just enough split to be seductive.
This could easily go from office to soiree as the hemline is knee grazing.
It would work teamed with a silky shirt with a pussy bow at the neck a la YSL, or try a slouchy cashmere sweater in a jewel tone.
Soft fabric juxtaposed against hard work so well in my eyes.
The toughness of super fitted leather balances beautifully with a softer silhouette up top.
Lace is a major player too this year.
I’ve noticed a lovely long sleeved black lace top at Rodeo Show.
The “Lilliana” top would be a versatile choice in any wardrobe.
Wear with the leather pencil skirt or dress down with jeans, you can’t go wrong.
I love their “Run the World” long sleeved lace top shift dress in stunning navy.
It works for me!
A personal favourite of mine is the knitted dress.
It is so easy to wear and to style.
I’ll be wearing mine with my new thigh boots and a cheeky red lip to brighten the day.
You can also wear it over skinny jeans and an ankle boot for a more casual vibe.
It looks sublime when layered up with a chunky knit scarf and a stylish overcoat.
And for THE go-to accessory, it’s got to be the choker..
Huge in the 1990’s, the choker is making a comeback.
I’m predicting it will be on runways everywhere and a major street style player.
J’adore the Victoriana look of a velvet ribbon wrapped around the neck a few times fastened with a feminine bow.
This is an easy DIY fashion trend.
Just pop to your local fabric store and buy 2 metres of your preferred ribbon, I like midnight blue velvet, and just have a play.
It really depends on the length of your neck to the thickness of a choker, so just try a few different variations.
You might also like to add a small delicate brooch for a touch of glamour.
I can’t wait to try this trend!
So there you have it, five trends to try this winter.
Baby it’s cold outside, but you’ll be looking hot if you embrace one or all of these looks.
Fashion is always fun, so mix it up and enjoy the cooler months.
Jo Bayley, Fashion Elixir, The Culture Concept Circle, 2016