Growing up I always remember December being designated as the month of Winter, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve realised that, in fact, February is the harshest month.
From the Irish coast to the Pacific, rain and cold temperatures destroy anything good this month has to bring us.
Except of course, for fashion, cold weather means layers, which in turn means a wide variety of fantastic fabric choices to peruse.
If you’ve been outside at all this month you’ll have noticed that puffer coats have returned in full force this year. These have been a closet staple since at least the nineteen eighties (as those who know the Back to the Future ‘life preserver’ quote will agree), but more recently shades like dark blue, off white and maroon have been been the most popular. Personally I find the quilted patterns look much more sheek.
While these coats go well with a vast number of styles, from your average jean to a flowy skirt, a big trend this month has been loose-fitting, professional, feminine pants with a paperbag waist. A satin top in plain white, black or grey can create a good material contrast to the pants without appearing like an overload of patterns.
To keep warm and dry I would recommend universal gray ankle boots with an optional small heel, and the minimal top means it can be paired with a larger, chunky jewelry item to accessorise.
While these coats go well with a vast number of styles, from your average jean to a flowy skirt, a big trend this month has been loose-fitting, professional, feminine pants with a paperbag waist.
In high fashion this month, bold throwback looks with fringes and shoulder pads have hit the runway, but frankly still look dated as designers Saint Laurent and Coach bring nothing new to the table with their selected pieces. Tight pleats however are another touted look for the season, and most designers are showcasing asymmetrical pieces, which is a much easier look to pull off.
Aoife O’Connor – Ireland