10 Winter looks

2014-06-22 15:00

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Blogger and #Trending columnist Miss Milli B aka Milisuthando Bongela knows what’s hot to wear this chilly season. She recently shared her take on the season’s top fashion trends with the interwebs blogged.

Colour: Colour is a big trend for winter. Forget colour-blocking. That trend died a long time ago with the peplum (thank goodness). This season’s colour must-have isn’t about blocking, it’s just wearing brights nje?–?bright outerwear like coats, parkas, trousers and dresses. Forget the drab colours of winter like navy and black. Flush out the boring with a splash of baby blue, dusty pink, canary yellow, mustard or burgundy. Mix it
up with a little oatmeal or grey.

Scarves: Bring on the blanket scarf y’all! There are many oversized scarves this season for everyone, whether it’s knitted or printed with plaid. Wrap yourself up in one of my favourite reasons to love winter.

Running shoes
with formal wear:
I love this “business at the top and party at the bottom” trend of mixing formal-ish wear with very casual wear, as seen on many blogs and the streets of Joburg in the past few months.

New denim: There’s no such thing as new denim; it’s just old styles rehashed. This season, I’m loving jodhpur jeans as well as the patched denim look. The palette is back-to-basic blues with a jodhpur panel on the knees for women. Even three-toned jeans are cool. Jeans are also still very much ripped at the knees and the boyfriend-shape tops my list of shapes (I have a really nice new dark pair from Woolies).

Chunky knits: I visited all the department stores this weekend and saw that knitwear is everywhere, and it’s great. Chunky knits are thick, super cosy, fuzzy knitted jerseys and scarves. Their first priority is to keep you warm; their second is to keep you looking good. Textured knit jerseys in merino wool and The Cosby Show’s Dr Huxtable-type jersey patterns are in for men, and shaggy knits, bobble knit, cable knit and teddy bear knit jerseys?–?fitted or oversized?–?are going to be warming us girls this winter.

Quilting: I’m totally adoring this texture right now. For the boys who don’t speak clothes, this is an adaptation of the typical texture of a quilt translated on to jackets, bags and even trousers. Because of its ubiquity, I have a feeling that we’ll get over this one pretty quickly.

Miniskirts: Now, these have never really gone anywhere, but the 60s silhouette?–?with a hint of 70s fusion?–?is making a comeback. Miniskirts, to be worn with stockings otherwise thou shalt freeze, are in. What I like most about them is the asymmetry on the hemline and the skater-skirt silhouette in various knitted and stretch fabrics. Colours like pink, light blue, black and maroon are all on point.

Logomania: Or what I like to call Lexiconia. I was wary of including this one as a trend. It does not need my endorsement. I saw it everywhere from Topshop to Jet stores. I like it because it’s a real-life appropriation and the era of personal expression. This is like wearing a Facebook or Twitter status. It started off as logos for brands, but I like how people have started mocking the brands and are just wearing statements.

Fancy footwear:
The biggest thing to go with footwear this season is socks, which I feel should be a trend all on its own. Spots, stripes, crazy colour combos and illustrations on socks are huge. Don’t you dare think that Garfield, Snoopy or Mad Dog qualify for this trend?–?those are 90s Dad-sock-trend abominations. These new socks are modern and are worn to be seen. Country Road is where it begins and ends. The best news is that socks and heels are staying. Although, please, gym socks with sports branding must not make friends with pretty heels.

Tailored: I want to sit with all the boys and girls in tailored suits this season. The biggest assets to this trend are the accessories?– a cool hat, rad socks and menswear-style shoes. Whether it’s a tight-fitting suit or slouchy silhouette, it’s the season to be dressed up.

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