Winter has arrived in Australia however many of us have not been thinking of fashion as we stay at home in isolation dressed in clothing more for comfort than style. Restrictions are starting to lift and I asked Christine Blundell from Savvy Style at Every Age and resident fashion writer for Women Living Well After 50, to provide some inspiration for winter fashion in 2020.
WINTER FASHION 2020
As we begin to emerge from Covid 19 restrictions, I am reminded of the caterpillar emerging from the cocoon as a beautiful butterfly ready to stretch our wings.Many of us have been online shopping, others prefer to see, feel, touch and try on. I enjoy both! I have, as always been keeping an eye on the fashions and colours for winter 2020. Some of the things I have seen and read about don’t even rate a mention as they are so ridiculous!
At the risk of repeating myself over the last few seasons, Animal prints are of course in. They never went out, and are here to stay, much to my delight! Animal prints are now considered a neutral and are often paired with other prints. This winter it’s all about Snake, Leopard and Tiger prints in clothing as well as accessories- handbags, shoes, scarves, jewellery.
The very humble and very useful Cardi, once considered a wardrobe staple of only “older women”, they are extremely popular with all ages and for very good reason. They are great for layering, giving the extra warmth we need and with so many changes in temperatures, both in weather and indoor heating they are so convenient to take with us and very versatile in changing up an outfit. Particularly popular this season are the chunky knits and the “Teddy Bear” fabric as well as faux fur.
A word of caution on chunky knits- they can make us appear heavier and shorter which is why I avoid them and go for the finer knit style.
There are so many different styles available from the classic button to the neck, button to a V, open waterfall, draped, with or without pockets, collars or collarless etc. just to name a few. My personal choice for fabric is wool or wool mix as it is a natural, breathable fibre and gives so much more warmth. I have just finished knitting myself a Cocoon Cardi. I love the cocoon style and it was so simple to knit all in one piece. I will be wearing it over everything! If I can knit one, then trust me, anyone can. I will include link to pattern at the end .
Cardis can be worn with jeans, skirts, dresses meaning they are a very good investment so worth paying for quality.
I read a quote somewhere recently that said
“ The last thing we put on is the first thing people see”.
That is so true and cardigans fall in to this category as do coats and jackets, so choose with both colour and texture in mind.
Knitted dresses and skirts have made a comeback, as well as crochet.
I well remember when I got married back in 1972 (!) I had a friend of my mum’s crotchet a suit for me in a gold colour. It was very short as was the fashion then and I thought I was just the “cat’s pyjamas”! Years later as I learned about what colours look best on me, I realised that Gold makes me look quite ill!
Knits are so much more comfortable to wear than structured garments which I love as they are very forgiving.
I am a big fan of draping in garments as they are extremely flattering in disguising what we feel are our problems areas. A top or dress softly draped over the tummy area, is not only comfortable but also gives us confidence that we look great.
I love the look of a crossover top or dress that is softly draped, as crossover style is also great on most figure types.
Boots– I think most of us enjoy wearing our winter boots as they look great with pants, jeans, skirts, dresses. I’m sure most of us wear our same boots for many seasons, but if you either need a change or to replace old ones, then the styles we are seeing are for 2 tone boots, chunky combat style, Doc Martens and also square toe boots.
Sneakers, loafers and mules– There are so many gorgeous sneaker styles and colours out and they are not just for working out in but a fashion statement in themselves.
Loafers and mules are a step up from sneakers and look fantastic worn with jeans, skirts, dresses and again so many beautiful colours and designs. I think the ones I have featured in my images (Gablaze)are an amazing design as you can wear the loafers or flip the back down to create a slide on mule. Two styles in one shoe! How good is that?
Bags – Bright hand held handbags are all the rage this winter, although I tend to steer away from hand held bags as I find them a real nuisance because I like to have both hands free, particularly for afternoon teas, cocktail parties etc . I’m sure we have all at some stage tried the balancing act of trying to work out how we can hold a plate of food while also not spilling our drink without our hand held bag sliding from our grasp as we try and tuck it under our arm! Give me the crossover or shoulder bag !
Jewellery – We have our own particular pieces that we like to hold on to, many of which have sentimental attachment, but If you want to add a current piece, then costume jewellery is very cheap. You will find chunky chain necklaces, pearls, hoop earrings as well as shoulder grazing earrings to be very popular.
COLOUR TRENDS WINTER 2020
There are the vibrant colours of Autumn leaves- Chilli pepper, Dark Cheddar, Orange Tiger, Eden green.
Also the toned down shades of Peach, Bluestone, Galaxy Blue and Pink and of course our Classics with Vanilla, Elegant Grey and Evening Blue.
Check out the link below for the Pantone Colour report.
So there you have it, my picks for colours and styles this winter. I would love to hear your opinions.
I love this quote:
“Just because the weather is sad doesn’t mean your outfits have to be.”Andrea Zendejas
And just as a stunning butterfly let’s emerge from our Cocoons of isolation in all our unique and colourful beauty.Christine Blundell
For more inspiration and fashion ideas connect with Christine through the following links:
Christine is an Independent Image and Style Consultant who trained with Australia’s top Image training company Image Innovators. She has a passion to see women become the beautiful and unique individuals we are created to be.
Image Innovators has a unique online style program called My Private Stylist where you can create your own personalised style program from the comfort of your own home with lifetime access.
Christine’s My Private Stylist website is www.christine.myprivatestylist.com
Christine can also create for you a Virtual Colour Consultation online. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details