As you may or may not know, a few months ago I did a Fall 2012 Trend Report of some sort, where I featured just a few of the Autumn trends. What I'm doing today is very similar but it applies to Winter. Now before anyone bashes me for focusing on Winter trends, obviously not everything is applicable to the tropics. Duh! But there are still things that we can apply to our climate and culture. So let's take a look at just a few of the trends for both MEN & WOMEN that you may see or want to try in the Christmas season.
Ladies: The Exaggerated Hip. Peplum, panniers and padding for a shapely silhouette has been a long standing trend from 2011 and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. If you already own peplum pieces then you're good; or, you could work on making them even more dramatic and pronounced.
Lanvin Fall/Winter 2012 Collection
Gentlemen: The Chelsea Boot. It seems that on the runway this style of shoe has been a hit. The reason I've decided to post it is because boots aren't always hot and uncomfortable. The Chelsea style of boot is ankle height AND it can be found in different material. So if you live in a tropical climate you'd go for a boot that is made of a more light weight material. It can also be formal or very casual.
Mark McNairy Chelsea Boots
Ladies: Belt It! This has been an ongoing trend from earlier seasons but it continues on the path of exaggerating your shape. If you layer or just want to further accentuate your waist then put a belt on it. It doesn't have to be a large statement belt. It can also be a thin belt. They're wonderful accessories to add a pop of colour or print to an outfit or tie the whole thing together...literally!
Ladies and Gentlemen: Fabric Blocking. Remember colour blocking? Well this is like that except with fabric. Take a look at the examples below. Leather and denim are a good mix but you can fabric block with ANY type of fabric.
Ladies: Ornate details. I mentioned this in my Fall 2012 trend report and it's still hot. Ornate brocade, elaborate applique and fancy baroque. It's all in the details.
Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2012
Ladies and Gentlemen: Camouflage/Olive Green. Some of these trends have been around for a little bit and seem to be going nowhere. When it comes on to colour in the Winter season they usually continue on from Fall and in some cases may get a little bit darker. Olive green and camouflage have been two such prevalent colours.
Ladies: Formal Pants Suits. If you want to make a statement in a formal setting then chuck the dress and wear a tailored suit. The ones currently on trend are matchy and bold. So pick a big colour or go with a pattern (psychadelic, polka dot, stripes). As long as it's a suit you'll exude power while still getting attention. Are you brave enough?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Denim. If anything, this has been one of THE most popular trends in Jamaica and abroad, on the run and on celebrities. Denim has come full circle to not only represent comfort but is now associated with professionalism. You can work denim into a suit or simply use it to dress down a formal outfit. It's super trendy and super easy to find.
AND FINALLY! My last trend pick for the Winter 2012 season for both Ladies and Gentlemen: Sweatshirts. Don't knock it 'til you try it. I don't know about you but it's actually BEEN getting cold. And whereas most Jamaicans don't need a chunky sweatshirt, it still helps to have a light weight sweatshirt none the less. In fact, it's so trendy that the Jamaican clothing line Yahdie Conscious is slated to release it's sweatshirt collection for the 2012 Winter season very soon. Sorry guys, these will only be made for ladies but you can still find sweatshirts in stores.
So go ahead and try out these trends. Leave your comments below on what you think is practical. Remember, there are tons more trends out there but you will have to do your research and see what may work for you. I hope you enjoyed this post!
Peace, Love & Blaze,
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