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Winter is a great time to change your whole look after the fun, more flimsy look of Summer.  It is time to cocoon and sip red wine by the fireside. We are lucky in South Africa that we have 4 distinct seasons and each call for a different way of dressing.

There are some Winter wardrobe staples that are perennial and do not date or change too often. They always end up coming back even if they are not as trendy some years. Silhouettes are more structured and the look is generally a bit smarter than during Summer, which can have a really casual feel. So don’t go resorting to wearing your trusty tracksuit and trainers – there is so much more out there that you can have fun with in Winter.

FABRIC: Luxurious and heavier fabrics are worn in winter. Great examples are:

Black lace – worn as a blouse or dress or a fun pair of pantyhose.

Fur – fake fur is luxurious when worn as a scarf or on the cuffs of gloves or sleeves and on collars. Fur vests or gilets can up the look of a pair of jeans.

Suede – skirts, jackets, bags and boots of this textured leather are great. Just remember to keep them dry so they don’t stain.

Wool – knits are a key element each winter. Make sure you keep your proportions in mind when purchasing knitwear as you don’t want to be swamped by your clothes.

Tweed – jackets, skirts and pants are great in this fabric. It is a better look on taller girls with larger proportions as it can be heavy.

Velvet – worn as Winter evening wear it can be super luxurious.

Satin – another luxurious fabric, with plenty of sheen. Try it in a blouse or for evening.


PATTERNS: Some patterns are associated with Winter outfits more than items worn in the warmer months.

Tartan and Checks - Don’t overdo it unless is it a trend, but they do convey warmth.

 Argyle and Cable Knits

 Animal Prints – leopard and zebra in small doses can look really chic. Try it with accessories such as a scarf, gloves, a bag or cardigan.

 Brocade – another super luxurious look. Try in a jacket, trousers or skirt, but don’t wear it as a suit as it will be too busy and heavy.


COLOURS: In Winter we generally wear darker colours with not a lot of cream or icy colours being seen.

Black – is a great classic basic but try not to wear it head to toe as it can be overwhelming and a little boring.

Brown – choose the correct shade depending on whether you are a Warm or a Cool. Dark or light, with yellow or pink undertones.

Grey – the whole range, from light to dark charcoal, is great during Winter.

Brights – all types of purple and blue, red, fuchsia, darker greens.



Camel is big this winter. It is particularly good for Warm skin tones and fair Cools. People with traditional Winter Season colouring should not wear Camel near their faces.

The Pantone top 10 colours for this Winter are as follows:


Colour Trends 2010

Traditional colours worn in winter are very much in evidence, such as the Red, Purple, Brown but the Living Coral and Lagoon are brighter more lively colours to lift and brighten the normally sombre Winter outfits. The earthy and forest colours of Golden Glow, Endive and Woodbine are particularly great on Warm skin tones.



Wedge Boots and High Heeled Hiking Boots

The Aviator Jacket

The Cape

The Coat, especially in Camel if the colour suits you. It can be in a longer or shorter style


Leather skirts, pants and shorts


Chloe Fall Winter 2010/2011

Chloe Fall Winter 2010/11


Fall Winter Fashion Trends

Dries van Noten Fall Winter 2010/11

 Dries van Nolen Fall Winter

Fall Winter 2010/11 runway looks - Chloe, Derek Lam, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, Burberry Prorsum.

Happy Winter shopping. Before you know it the Sales will be here and you will still have time to wear key pieces as it will only get warmer in September or October.

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