Jason Onumbu and Lois Worrow explore popular looks this winter
We’ve witnessed a lot over the past year.
Boris bumbled his way into becoming the global face of Britain, the Great British Bake Off is moving to Channel 4 and losing the Queen of baking, and thanks to Rihanna and Puma, furry flip flops are fashionable. I just don’t understand.
Winter fashion however, brings with it the security that a chunky knit jumper will always be in fashion. Each year we witness it evolve slightly; the addition of longer sleeves, higher necklines or more boxy structures. All of which were shown in Tommy Hilfiger’s fall/winter ‘16 show. The easy and wearable style of his iconic knitwear is replicated over and over by the high-street retailers; Topshop, Asos and H&M have all put their own spin on the classic.
The resurgence of major 90’s trends dominated spring and summer style; strappy dresses over white t-shirts, silk bomber jackets and slogan tops. Velvet as a trend is having a moment currently, wear it in the form of a cami dress or layer it with a high neck knit for the colder months. Velvet worn under a wax jacket helps to dress it down and makes it slightly more wearable for everyday while still making you feel fancy in rich jewel tones.
“Velvet worn under a wax jacket helps to dress it down”
1) Oversized is in.
Perhaps the most prevalent winter surviving technique to come out of the past fall/winter 2016 show season was to size up on key winter pieces. As championed by none other than Raf Simons himself, opting for outerwear, jumpers and shirts (not all at once in one look) that are two or three sizes over what you’ll usually get is a good idea. The extra material overlapping your fingers and stretching below your waist is bound to keep you warmer whilst still working well aesthetically, as long as you layer it correctly, and pair with trousers that fit.
2. Shearling is a must
Inside every good piece of outerwear is some form of insulation to keep the heat in and shearling might just be the best one. Whether it’s lined on the inside of the jacket or covers the whole of the outside, like Off-White’s aw16 proposition, its soft and fluffy nature will bring you all the warmth and comfort you expect from it. Make sure to invest in a good piece that’ll last you a long time.
“Faux fur we see every winter- each one more bold than the last”
Faux fur we see every winter- each one more bold than the last, however it can be done in a more subtle way by going for wintry tones of black, cream or khaki for a more versatile take on the trend in the style of Sonia Rykiel. Pair with black jeans and block heeled boots for winter vibes all day every day.
3. Layer your way to success
Layering is essential when dressing for winter. The simple technique behind doing this right is to add on clothing over each other, starting with wafer thin items at the base and building up with thicker items as you progress. A typical layered look would be formed of a jumper over a smart shirt, with a jacket over everything to keep it all intact. However, don’t hesitate to try a range of other options like a thick wool long sleeve shirt at the base and a slightly rolled up flannel shirt over it.
Special thanks to Best Days Vintage clothing for allowing us to use their lovely collections for this photoshoot! Shop their clothes at the BDV Asos marketplace.