Step outside your outerwear comfort zone

Step outside your outerwear comfort zone

Step outside your outerwear comfort zone

If you look back on the past few winter jackets you’ve had, how many of them were black?

As you get older, it’s common for outerwear options to be predominantly dark, neutral tones – black and gray in particular. However, it’s already cold and dim outside, so why not bring the brightness yourself?

You’re seen often in your coat, hat and scarf during the colder months, so it’s nice to have a cute combination. Think about mixing your outerwear selection up this winter with bold colors, fun prints and trendy styles.

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When you look at the Fall and Winter 2015 fashion shows that took place earlier this year, there are a few looks that kept appearing.

New York Fashion Week in particular had several clear trends when it came to outerwear, Stylecaster reported. Color blocking was huge, with materials ranging from leather to shearling. Another designer showcased a coat with a window-pane print that was reminiscent of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – but updated for the modern woman, obviously.

Who can forget that ponchos and capes that are big this year? Try something new by choosing prints instead of solids. Animal and tribal prints are both popular, but don’t limit yourself to the classics if there’s a unique pattern that appeals to you.

As far as solid colors g, red jackets were popular on the runways this year, especially in New York. It was a change from the navy blue hues that have been big in past years. Military green has been approved for another year, based on the designers’ looks for this winter. You can take a classic style like a trench or shearling-lined jacket, and bring it to the next level with a bold color. Explore your options for every shade and design to find your dream outerwear style.

Certain interesting details were trending for 2014/2015 including toggle buckles and oversized coats. If black jackets are totally your thing, you can still step outside your comfort zone with a different look and save the pop of color for your inside outfit with a brightly dialed watch like the BABY-G BGA171-1B.

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Let’s be honest, jackets can be an investment. It’s not always practical to buy a new coat, particularly if the one you have is in perfectly good shape. That doesn’t mean you’re stuck, though. You can still bring color to the outerwear party with your scarves, hats and gloves. Find patterns, styles and hues that are more wild than you’ve previously worn for a new look.

Some trends that were spotted on the runways for the season included faux-fur and knit scarves. Infinity scarves are still huge, and they come in a whole range of colors and fabrics. There isn’t any particular knit pattern or thickness that dominated the scarf scene – everything from bulky cable knits to thin neat rows were shown off by designers.

Beanies are still in, but consider buying one with a pom-pom on top. Several models strutted their stuff with pom-pom hats, and it’s bound to be a big style this year. Any patterned beanie will look great with your coat, especially if you coordinate the colors with your gloves. Luckily, these hats are sold everywhere, so a trendy beanie won’t be difficult to find. They’re easy to toss in your bag once you get inside and look great with your hair down or in a low ponytail.

When you go shopping for new gloves, think about getting the type that allow you to use your smartphone. The touch screen needs the warmth of your fingers to work, so many companies started making gloves that have a different material on the fingertips. Alternatively, you can find fingerless gloves, which serve the same purpose. Taking your gloves off to text or call your friends gets annoying, so these gloves are great to have.


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