With chilly weather approaching, fashionistas everywhere are planning their key statement pieces for the upcoming season. We’re accustomed to seeing a hot, new color on the runways each season. The latest New York Fashion Week was no exception with bright, bold orange taking center stage in many designers’ shows, including Christian Siriano and Tory Burch. What’s new for this winter is a slew of prints to choose from. Let’s take a look at four patterns to pick up for your winter wardrobe this year that are sure to set you apart as a trend setter among your friends.
1. Polka Dots
Yes, polka dots have made a comeback recently. These fun spots aren’t just for kids’ clothes anymore. They made a splash on the runways and are coming to closets everywhere this winter. You’ll find polka dots of various sizes and styles. One big trend is large dots in ’80’s inspired puffy skirts and sharp jackets. If you’re into a more refined look, opt for tiny spots in white on a long, black tailored skirt.
2. Plaids, Checks, Houndstooth and Tweed
This winter it seems anything goes when it comes to plaids, checks, houndstooth and tweed. While these classic patterns have always been a staple in work wear, you’ll see them everywhere this year. In vibrant colors and traditional muted hues, A tan Burberry coat is always in or you can opt for a bright colored checked pattern cape with tattered ends if you’re a bit bolder in your fashion choices. Glen plaid, also known as Prince of Wales check for its popularity with royalty and world leaders, is a pattern you’re sure to find in pieces such as overcoats, jackets and dresses. This print tends to remain understated in shades of tan, black and gray.
Stripes are always a yes. This winter you’ll be seeing them everywhere in every width and color. Go for bold, fat stripes on a knit sweater in contrasting colors if you’re daring. More traditional gals might opt for good old nautical stripes in navy and white, and that’s okay. Hints of metallic sheen or leather accents are what really makes this season’s stripes stand out from past versions.
Metallic accents make a surprising appearance in this winter’s floral patterns, and flowers will also be showing up in some unexpected places. For example, floral printed boots were seen on the fashion runways of Balenciaga, while flower printed tights were a hit on the Anna Sui stage. Why not opt for some fun flair like this in your own winter wardrobe?
True fashionistas at heart will definitely having fun experimenting with these fantastic patterns this winter. Don’t be afraid to add your own signature style, as the models of Chanel proved at Fall/Winter Fashion Week 2016, prints are meant to be mixed.