FASHION- Winter's must-have items

2015-04-26 17:30

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It’s the season for layering and wonderful winter fashion. Clothes for the colder months are always way ahead of summer fashion trends and offer the opportunity for mixing styles and fabrics in a way the hotter months don’t allow. With the multitude of  options available,Gugulethu Mhlungu picks out the best.


Faux fur is a necessary glam item and also pretty versatile because you can wear it over dresses or polo neck tops. You can use it to spice up evening wear with a pair of great stockings and a mini dress/skirt or to smarten up a work look – worn over a shirt or top. You can wear faux fur gilets to the shops for a casual over-the-top (yes, that’s a thing) look with jeans, takkies and a sweater.

Long-hair fur gilet, R799 Woolworths

Pink fur gilet, R279.99 Mr Price


Pleather was a big part of the sports luxe trend last year and is as important in autumn/winter fashion this year, so you can expect to see more of it. Look out for hints of pleather on dresses, skirts, leggings and panels on jeans, formal pants and polyester leggings. A pleather pencil skirt is a season must-buy and works well as a basic item that can be worn with jerseys, shirts and tops for day wear, or paired with bodysuits and lace vests to be worn with a biker jacket for an evening look.

Flared Textured pleather Skirt, R499 Woolworths

Pencil skirt, R99.99 Mr Price


Long cardigans are a winter necessity, and retailers have a variety on offer for this year’s colder months. Perfect for wearing over almost anything, the longer cardigan is a useful and easy layering item. Wear it with jeans or formal pants or belted over a dress. They are also really handy for cooler days that don’t quite need a jacket or coat, but do require a layer to keep you warm.

Longline ribbed cardigan. R999 Country Road at Woolworths

Maroon longer-length cardigan, R129.99 Mr Price


Biker jackets are not a new trend, but it’s one that returns every autumn/winter. That’s because they are great. A good leather jacket can be an investment for many years – one you can be guaranteed to wear again and again. The awesomeness of a biker jacket is that, regardless of when you buy one, it will remain in style for years (provided you don’t buy one that’s specific to a particular trend, which can date it after that trend is gone). A black biker jacket with simple silver detailing is a sure bet and can be worn day or night. Wear it over leggings, skirts, dresses and pants. A camel/tan-coloured biker jacket is a fun alternative to the black and can be just as versatile.

Leather look biker jacket. R950 Woolworths

Tan biker jacket, R329.99 Mr Price


Wide-leg pants offer supreme comfort while allowing you to layer for the colder days with a pair of footless tights, stockings or long johns underneath. They also work well with polo necks, crew- or V-neck tees and ponchos for a stylish day look. You can also wear them with boots for extra warmth or a comfy pump, kitten or high heel, depending on your style. A boldly coloured patterned pair is great for casual days, and a fitted pair in a pastel or solid colour is always versatile.

Black wide leg pants, R450 Woolworths

Colourful printed
wide-leg pants, R119.99 Mr Price

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