Choo Choo! Hop aboard the Winter 2012 Trends Train, ladies. Though it's chilly one, we promise this locomotive is a desirable one to be on. Not only will staying on trend through the cool months make you a fashion maven at the office, on the street and even in the grocery store, you'll feel chic day in and day out.
And you know what feeling chic leads to? Confidence. Wonderful, delicious confidence.
As is the case with every season, the 2012 catwalk highlighted myriad trends. From certain jewelry styles to highlighted textiles to particular hues, this season it's all about the funky, the splashy and perhaps a little old school charm thrown in for good measure.
Though we can't highlight all
of the trends for winter 2012, we can certainly share our favorites. In the video, you'll see five of our must-haves. We also included a few more in this article along with tips on how to incorporate the trend into your every day ensembles.
When we say metallics, we mean a few things. First of all, metallic hardware details on accessories and apparel is a major winter 2012 fashion do.
For example, the rose-colored hardware on this Kings of Cole Pull-Over Hooded Sweatshirt
($144) -- worn by celebs like Khloe and Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow -- is subtle, but adds a chic element to the casual garment. Other metallic picks include this Victoria's Secret Metallic Ruffle Cardigan Sweater
(now $29.50) and this Style & Co. Three Quarter Sleeve Metallic Sequin Striped Layered Look
When we say metallic, we also mean metallic shoes, jewelry and textiles. These Blowfish "Scoodle" Ballet Flats
in shiny silver (now $29.99) pair nicely with tights and a dress or with skinny jeans and a casual top. The same goes for these rose-colored Feather Drop Earrings by Barse
You can also go full-throttle in a metallic dress or jacket. We're loving these: Calvin Klein Metallic Jacquard Python Pattern Shift Dress
(now $49.99), Jones New York Dress, Long Sleeve Metallic Cowl Neck
($139), JS Boutique Beaded Metallic Jersey Sheath Dress
(now $59.97), BB Dakota Royale Sequin Open-Front Jacket
($109) and INC International Concepts Jacket, Asymmetrical Sequin Blazer
We understand if bright colors intimidate you, but we urge you to fight that fear and integrate a little orange into your winter garb. Orange is a playful pop of color that doesn't have to look kooky or weird. Nope - orange offers up a high-spirited, bold sense of sophistication.
You can go all out with a larger textile -- like a dress, cardigan or trench coat -- or nod to the trend via a smaller accessory. For example, a pop of orange via a painted nails, a chunky watch or hip hobo bag are all ingredients in the recipe for perfect style.
Orange accessories we're currently digging include this cheery, chunky watch by Juicy Couture
($95), this Sequin Striped Bangle
($22), and this J.Crew Cashmere Hat
in bright orange ($58).
As for textiles, consider adding this long sleeved, Tie-Belt Jersey Dress by Old Navy
($30) or this ASOS Premium Lambswool Long Cardigan With Gold Buttons
(now $74.54) to your wardrobe. Another drool-worthy wardrobe must-own is Pure Handknit's Fall Crush Cardigan in Instanbul Orange
, pictured left ($85).
To incorporate a hint of orange into your beauty regimen, swipe the hue across your lid, on your nails or even on your lips. We love Lime Crime's My Beautiful Rocket orange opaque lipstick
($16) and Essie Nail Color in 'Clambake
Lovers of decades passed, feel free to sound a triumphant hoorah over this winter 2012 trend. Vintage is always trendy, but this winter it's especially popular. You can wear actual vintage pieces or have your pick of vintage-inspired pieces crafted by modern day designers.
If you're a vintage-wearer, you're likely used to garnering double takes thanks to your fresh, fashion-forward ensembles. But every time you don this darling, "Mod You Look" necklace from Les Coquettes
($29.99), you'll earn more attention than usual. The same goes for this Hoot As Can Be Necklace
, which features a funky, metal-feathered wise guy with big eyes and brown/white enamel.
As for bracelets, you'll can't resist The Limited's Vintage Statement Bracelet
($49.90) which gives off Old Hollywood glamour and features a large central medallion with boldly encrusted smoky rhinestones. Ditto for Blu Bijou's Dotted Stretch Bracelets
($50) made from Czech glass stones and this Retro-Style Animal Print Bangle from Mango
We've got you covered on the earring front, too. Wear Nina's Drippy Crystal Filigree Drop Earrings
($65) with a LBD or LRD (little red dress) to cocktail hour and Fossil's Vintage Posy Earrings
($26) with jeans, flats and an oversize pullover sweater or hooded sweatshirt.
Like the color orange, animal print is often intimidating. That's probably because, when worn incorrectly, animal print can transform an outfit from delightful to disastrous. The most common reason animal print looks bad? Cheap quality and over-the-top accessorization.
Animal print is an accessory in and of itself, so when wearing it, keep everything else subtle. For example, a zebra-inspired handbag, such as this luxurious Zebra Bronze Bucket Bag by Jane Marvel
($93), will earn compliments when paired with neutral slacks, a tailored top and sleek hair. See how it's the center of attention in the outfit and everything else plays second fiddle? That's the key to sophisticated animal-print usage.
Another way to gently introduce animal print into an outfit is via jewelry or shoes. At $39 for the pair, the Beige Wildcat Heel
is a winner in our book. Alternatively, wear an animal print flat, like this one from Merona
, priced at $24.99.
If you dare to go there, try an animal-print textile. This Jane Animal Print Pleated A-Line Skirt from T. Tahari
($39.99) will look sophisticated with a black or white button up, neutral heel and delicate red accessories. Same story for Alfani's Animal Print Pencil Skirt
($47.20). If you like those, you'll probably swoon over Three Dots' Black and Grey Zebra Print Scoop Neck Top
($47), which pairs nicely with jeans/slacks and a kitten heel.
It goes without saying that trends ebb and flow. The same's true for the tartan/plaid trend. This winter, it's an undeniable, irresistible fashion yes! We're talking big, bold and beautiful plaid and tartan patterns adorning just about everything. From ponchos to purses to oversized sweaters, cardigans and beyond, the winter tartan/plaid trend is hard to dismiss!
Plaid pieces we're head over heels for include this travel-ready Le Sport Sac Collette Tote
($108), this classic Land's End Brushed Cotton Twill Shirt
($49.50) or this work-ready Victoria's Secret Pencil Skirt
If you'd prefer to keep your tartan subdued, try it on an accessory instead of a textile. Our favorite, quiet way to wear tartan and plaid is via an understated scarf. Wrap yours around your head, waist, wrist, forearm or even tie it around the handles of your purse. This soft knit, pale and preppy plaid scarf by Cejon
is a bargain at $24.99, as is this Croft & Barrow Monochromatic Brown Scarf Ootion
Other plaid accessories we're lusting over are Rugby's Reeve Cozy Warm Plaid Earmuffs
($59.50), Calvin Klein's Plaid Flannel + Faux Fur Lined Bomber Hat
($24.99), Pedre Women's Silver-Tone with Brown Plaid Strap Watch
($75) and Betsey Johnson "Royal Engagement" Fleur De Lys Teardrop Earring
If animal print textiles appeal to you, faux fur probably will, too. Not only is faux fur a more eco-friendly, animal-friendly option compared to the real deal, it's a megaton cheaper!
We're digging this Only Mine 'Allison' Faux Fur Vest
, which looks remarkably real and downright chic, but only costs $78. Pair this vest with a neutral toned shirt and comfortable, well-fitted jeans in a dark wash, as pictured. You can also throw it on over a thin sweater, white cotton button up or anything else in a nuetral shade.
Other faux fur pieces we're swooning over include Topshop's Faux Fur Tuck Stole
($32), Victoria's Secret Colin Stuart Faux fur Ankle Booties
($88) and these ECHO Touch Faux-Fur Cuff Gloves
($42)that allow you to use your technology while wearing them.
Capes aren't reserved for super heroes, honey. You can look just as fabulous in a cape and it'll keep you warmer through the chilly months, to boot. Capes give off that ultra sexy, just-rolled-out-of-bed-but-I-still-look-amazing vibe and can be worn in myriad ways.
Choose an extra long cape and wear with thick tights and slouchy boots or don a colored pair of jeans (rust and mustard are both on trend) with a black, gray or white cape.
This Joujou Jou Jou Cape
($39.99) priced at an affordable $46.80 or this statement-making Bright Tartan cape from Asos
($33.63) is a winner in our book. You may also like this cowl neck cape cardigan from Caslon
($69) or this Jessica Simpson Collegiate Cape
You've heard the term many times before, but what exactly is statement jewelry? We went straight to Allison Berlin of StyleMadeSimple.net
for a straightforward answer.
" Statement jewelry is a piece that is large in size and stands out," she explained. "It can consist of metals or stones, or a combination of both."
Berlin went on to say that adding a statement accessory to your outfit is how you complete the look. Because statement pieces, in particular, are so bold, they add that extra dose of personality to your ensemble. Just like art, statement jewelry allows you to express yourself.
Right now, the bib statement necklace is super trendy. This Statements by DCK Stone Bib Necklace
($22) is a perfect example. It features a quartet of crackle-finished stones in various sizes and natural shapes, all wrapped with narrow wire settings. Another keeper is the Kendra Scott 'Wendy' Leaf Statement Necklace
($138). It's features a delicate arrangement of hammered 14k gold-plated brass leaves.
You know how we said you didn't have to be a superhero to rock a cape? Well you don't have to actually be a horse rider to look fabulous in a pair of riding boots. Characterized by a chunky heel, and mid-calf design, riding boots add a bold touch to just about any outfit.
Pair yours with skinny jeans and a Western-style poncho or a flirty dress and thick tights. You'll also turn heads in a crisp white button up and nude-colored trousers.
These Franco Sarto Rocket Riding Boots
are a steal at $160 and come in black and camel. Other affordable options include J. Jill's Suede Riding Boots
($169), Lucky Brand's Hibiscus Leather Riding Boots
($209) and Mossimo Women's Kayla Riding Boot
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