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Winter Dresses

This season we are loving a mixture of different textures and styles in one outfit - vintage satchel, high street scarf, thrifted dress, hand-me-down jacket, designer earrings, you get the drift. It's all about the way you put things together to create your own unique fashion style, that shows your personality.

Of course, you can combine really badly, but in the experimentation, if you've handpicked individually beautiful items, then it can't fail! Layering is a really easy way to update your wardrobe from summer fashion, just sling on your favorite summer dress over a pair of thick black tights and pop over your most beloved jumper, chunky boots and handknit scarf. If you go for this relaxed look, be sure to wear bold makeup and style your hair well, so it looks purposeful rather than accidental.

Here are some more pieces you could consider purchasing this season to add to your closet:

Wine Reds - Tommy Hilfiger, Lanvin, Elie Saab

Burgundy, claret and other deep autumn reds are gorgeous this season, and very on trend on the runways and in high street stores. This is a nice trend to consider if you are wanting to buy an outfit for Christmas , or you have a special occasion to attend this winter, as it looks stunning in a dress, and when worn as one colour. Keep accessories to a minimum, and pair with black, other red tones or dark earthy brown leather for easiest effect. When wearing such a strong colour, keep your hair and makeup natural and easy.

Combining Textures - Jean Paul Gaultier, Etro, Marni

By combining different textures, you can create a very sophisticated glamour that suits your style and shape. It looks expensive, but is a very affordable trend - and is difficult to go wrong. Pair a bold red wide cotton belt with a patterned brown chiffon dress, ochre leather pumps and backcombed hair for a suitable everyday look. Or mix a fur collar with a leather jacket, Oriental print jersey dress and mesh crop jumper for a modern look.

Forties Elegance - Miu Miu, Roland Mouret, Jonathan Saunders

Hats, sunglasses, matching jackets, leather gloves and fur stoles - the 40s were a time of invention, practicality and flirtation. Whilst fabric was still rationed, hemlines were forced to rise to save fabric, and elegant hemlines ruled the day. Get the look by pairing a pretty bird print cotton skirt with a silk button up, fur collar and checked wool jacket. Or add in accessories from the period that you've picked up at your nearest vintage or thrift shop.

Mid Length Hem - Louis Vuitton, Donna Karan, Dior

This trend is a follow on from the 40s theme, and it's perfect for all shapes and figures. Hip hugging and flirty, the hem that sits above mid calf but below the knee is perfect for winter dressing to keep warm. And we've been given so many high street options and ways to wear it that it would be wrong not to give it a go! Opt for tight fitting rather than floaty skirts, and pair with more well fitted blouses or elasticated tops. A midi skirt is definitely the most elegant option.

Dots and Circles - Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Diane von Furstenburg

Whether it's a cut-out covered with sheer lace on a floor length day dress or a black and white printed dress suit, spots, dots and circles are the chicest print of winter. Elegant and feminine, this is another vintage inspired trend that will be a great investment for your wardrobe - pick a simple style with medium sized white dots for a timeless piece.

Big Wool Coats - Rodarte, Chloe, Matthew Williamson

Big blanket style coats reminiscent of military coveralls worn by officers are the best thing to throw on top of your special occasion dress this season. Keep them in simple neutral shades, or go all out with one spectacular colourful piece. Capes and knitted jackets also look great, but keep the shape and lines simple and efficient, and don't add any ruffles or embellishment where it isn't necessary.

Glitter & Sparkle - Oscar de la Renta, Peter Som, Dolce & Gabbana

This year embrace all things sparkly and covered with glitter - this makes the best New Year's Party dress or cocktail party outfit. If you don't fancy a whole dress covered in sparkle, then accentuate your outfit's girliness and add a pair of diamante earrings or a pair of glittery shoes to fall in with the trend. Enjoy the pretty and fun feel of shiny glitz!

Collar necklaces and Mary-Janes are big accessory trends for the season - and they are so versatile too! Collar's look great with a pretty updo hairstyle, and Mary Jane's pair well with thick tights and boots for a casual winter look. Look to Hermes and Topshop Unique runways for more inspiration.



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