2011 was definitely a fashionable year; we’ve seen the rise of the romantic ruffle, animal print losing its ties with Kat Slater, and the styles of the 1940s having a renaissance. Now, 2012 looks to be no different with a plethora of new trends elbowing their way onto the catwalks. With Christmas done and dusted for another year, resolutions made (and broken), and the depressing first day back at work conquered, it's time to embrace this season's new styles.
As the madness of the winter sales reaches its peak and dedicated shoppers raid the racks for a bargain, it’s the perfect time of year to start shopping for your winter staple; the coat. As the weather continues to give us a chill, we want to wrap up warm and it's vital that your coat does its job. But bleak weather doesn’t mean dull dressing, so make sure you stick to the styles that suit and nail this trend.
Floor-grazing overcoats were big news on the catwalk last year, with lean, tailored styles boasting city-smart drama, while softer dressing-gown cuts presented a more relaxed approach. Westfield at Stratford City now boasts popular American store Forever 21 which stocks a fab range of overcoats.
Macho, tailored and extremely warm, these versatile long coats are perfect for classic daywear; structured, belt wrapped and double breasted, imitating styles seen on cult TV show The Sopranos. Head down to Zara to spot this style in various colours and tones.
For something a little more laidback, and keeping in mind this transitional weather, blanket coats and cosy knitted numbers make great off-duty options. Get your inspiration at River Island for ponchos, capes and cardi-coats with belts, which make ideal layering devices. Opt for navy, tan or monochrome colourings to hit this trend right on the head.
Blanket wraps are also another must-have for January. Big names such as Matthew Williamson and Chloe all produced checked or patchwork versions in bright hues and grey tones, some with fringed edging and blanket-stitching adding in native touches. Red Herring at Debenhams has nailed this styled alongside teen favourite Miss Selfridge.
Not necessarily new for 2012, faux fur has rocketed into the mainstream and onto the fashionista radar to fast become a micro trend for the colder season.
Topshop once again shine through as the trend-setters and as the high-street staple launches its sale, you’ll want to be first in line to have a rummage. Keep it simple in dull tones of light grey that oozes a forties glamour with a 1970s twist. Whether you go for 70s glamour or overstated up-town luxury, faux fur is set to continue to create waves in the designs for next year. Faux fur automatically brings any look into the modern day and h&m hosts some key accessory items if you want to dip your toe into this trend.
While a scarf seems to be an insignificant and small accessory it can help you transform your entire look, not to mention help to keep you cosy.
Snoods are very trendy again this season. Dorothy Perkins has a great selection of snoods in both bright colours to freshen up your style and pastel colour to mirror that slice of elegance. Knitted or fashioned out of fur, snoods come in various styles, and it’s important to find the one that suits both you and your chosen overcoat style.
So as you muscle in amongst the crowds for the January sales, keep your eyes peeled for that crucial coat to ensure you’re streaks ahead of the fashion pack for the start of the new year.