COLORS AND SHAPES: An Elementary Guide to Winter Fashion

The temperature is finally dropping here in the Triangle which means it’s time to gear up for winter. Unpack your pea coats and scarves (they’ll never go out of style) but get ready to add some interesting new colors and fun shapes straight from the runway to your wardrobe.

Mustard, rust and grape may seem more fitting for your kitchen than your closet but the these three hues are a few of the main ingredients in the autumn and winter lines of top designers.

A dash of mustard, in the form of a cute and flattering pair of tights, brighten any neutral dress and can be dressed down with some T-strap flats or dressed up with stacked heels.

Rust-colored pants, coats and tops were spotted on and off the runway this year and is the ‘it’ color for this season. A slim pair of pants in rust that barely graze the ankles pair well with a casual top just as easily as a fitted blouse and tuxedo-style jacket.

Grape is a shade that flatters every skin tone and adds elegance to the everyday. Drape yourself in a sophisticated dress or skirt in this tasty hue for a luxurious escape from the bland.

This season, designers are changing up the silhouette and initiating a shift in womenswear shape.

Bulky oversized sweaters in interesting knits and colors make a statement and keep us comfy and cozy. Pair with a slim pant, to keep things proportionate or layer over a tight dress for a simplified but sexy night out.

The maxi-dress of summertime has transitioned to fall and winter but has morphed from a causal day look to a stunning evening wear staple. Floor-length skirts in pleated silk and charmeuse are one of the many wearable styles of the runway. Versatile and understated, this is an essential piece for this season.

The reign of the skinny jean may finally be coming to an end. Well, maybe not quite yet, but expect it to be sharing the spotlight with flared and wide-leg jeans. Always flattering, buy a pair in a fresh super dark wash that can be worn to the office or out on the town.

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