Let’s not kid ourselves—the winter months can get pretty gloomy. The days get shorter, the temperatures plummet, the sunshine is replaced by rain or snow, and soon enough, you find yourself trudging through slush on your way to work, to the store, or on the school run, your head down and your collar turned up against the elements. If this sounds like you every winter, you might be glad to know that this season’s fashion trends are all about lifting our spirits! Follow these tips to bring some much-needed fashion-induced cheer into the colder months—and unlike holiday cheer, this one will survive past January 1st!
1. Bold colors and color clashes
When you were a child, and your parents or carers first taught you how to dress yourself, they may have pointed out that certain color combinations are considered to go well together, and others are normally thought to clash, such as pink and red (although if you grew up in the 80s or 90s you probably learned to throw that rule out of the window pretty quickly!). Well, this winter you can once again throw out the rulebook: the current fashion trends are all about bold colors and color clashes. Check out this orange parka, for example: even for a sports item, it’s ultra-bright, and there’s no way you’re going to be able to pair it with any other item in the usual way—so don’t! Go bold and wear your orange parka with this neon green beanie (or ‘toque’, as this specialist hat store calls it). It even has a tiny pocket! How cute is that?
2. Geometric patterns
As if vibrant, clashing colors weren’t making enough of a statement on their own, another fun fashion trend that is going strong this winter is the use of bold geometric patterns. This can be done on a majorly visible piece of clothing—like, again, your coat or your hat—but it can work equally well on something smaller and more discreet, especially if you’re worried about ‘overdoing it’. Try choosing a few pairs of unusual socks, such as these funky piano socks, to make your office or home wear less dull this winter.
3. It’s all about the glitz and glamor
As the relative efficacy of COVID-19 vaccinations makes more and more people comfortable with the idea of going out again, winter 2021/22 fashion is all about bringing glitz and glamor back into our lives. Forget sweatpants, T-shirts, and hoodies: ‘tis the season for crystals, sequins, rhinestones, and all things shiny. These couture bags are sure to put you in the mood for a good party!
4. Sheer luck
Combining the trends towards boldness, patterns, and sparkle is this season’s love for sheer fabrics, such as metallic mesh. One particularly daring example is this zebra-patterned mesh bodysuit from the appropriately-named Bold Vibes Only collection at Good American. Bonus tip: bodysuits themselves are another one of this season’s fashion trends!