Winter trends to keep you warm

By Kirstin Buick
17 April 2014

Chris Viljoen, fashion guru and director of gives us the hottest trends for the coldest season.

Chris Viljoen, fashion guru and director of gives us the hottest trends for the coldest season. 

For the girls ...

The latest fashion trends for women include athletic-inspired items in luxurious fabrics and finishes, 50s-inspired skirts, minimalistic shapes and 90s grunge-inspired looks with an intriguing undertone of black. For the rebel girl the grunge look is back with a bang, but this season it gets a sophisticated slant. The Autumn/Winter look offers modern minimalism, no frills and no fuss, just immaculately cut pieces in simple shapes. “What makes Winter 2014 exciting for me is the juxtaposition between sports, grunge, 50s and minimalism which in our fashion world makes for a fresh perspective,” says Viljoen.

Women can look forward to a season of sweaters, joggers and sneakers – all of which are absolute must-haves, and can take centre stage in relaxed rock ’n roll basics. Tartan and tweed make for refined looks that can be dressed up or down. “Collegiate-inspired dressing makes for first-class style this coming season,” adds Viljoen.

Other key winter trends: 

  • Tartan dominates as a covetable print this season. Whether it’s on a coat, a dress or a bag, all we can say is “Check, please!”
  • Monochrome everything! Black and white makes basics bolder and eveningwear edgier.
  • A bold print will transform your entire wardrobe, so pair clashing prints together, wear from top to toe or use it to boost neutral separates.
  • Sequins are no longer restricted to nighttime dressing. Think sequins on sweaters or a sparkling finish on sports luxe-inspired sweatpants that can be worn at night too!

For the fuller figured woman ...

What we’re seeing is that plus size ranges are becoming a very close replica of what is being offered in regular sizes – allowing fuller-figured women to celebrate their curves with on-trend, fashion forward looks. To add to that, many of the key winter trends are perfectly suited to plus size women including the soft, draped coat, 50’s inspired skirts, and sports–luxe inspired joggers and sweaters.

For the guys ...

Chris Viljoen, fashion director of foresees a stylish season for men. “When it comes to heavy-duty outerwear, it doesn’t get more iconic than a bomber jacket. It’s a must-have. The iconic chambray work shirt makes a comeback onto the menswear scene and reinvented classics are becoming trendy and colourful again. The trainer is having its moment in the sartorial spotlight too, so use them to power up your casual look,” he concluded.

 Other key trends:

  • Colour, graphics and prints construct some bold knits for the winter season, but keep the pants and shirts understated.
  • Patterns and prints are fast becoming an essential part of a contemporary wardrobe. What’s more, lumberjack-style checks are undoubtedly big for winter.

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