Stay warm in style and comfort
The hottest outerwear trends
Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 00:10
October hasn’t been too nice in its farewells to summer with unpredictable weather changes early this fall. Here are some of the latest outerwear trends for men and women, so you’re prepared to face even tougher weather more stylishly than ever.
Variations on the trench coat continue to parade across all major runways and collections. It is a basic, yet sophisticated way to keep warm in the winter. This season, designers recommend updating your trench coat with color. Pops of bright reds, oranges, and blues will make the season less monotone and your winter wardrobe less boring. J. Crew offers a variety of trenches and pea coats in bright pinks, oranges, and yellows, starting at $248.
For a more timeless and modest look, ladies can opt for brown, grey, or cream colors. In its latest collection, Tommy Hilfiger, who has always been a fashionistas’ go-to place for classic looks, presents women with a variety of elegant cuts and styles.
Both J. Crew and Tommy Hilfiger also employ another huge trend this season—checkered patterns. A number of high-end fashion designers also use this print in their outerwear collections, from the quirky and contemporary Betsey Johnson to the sophisticated Ralph Lauren.
Another fashionable spin on modern coats is a militaristic theme. For a chic and popular look this season, buy a khaki-colored coat with lots of added details, like buttons, flap pockets, zippers, and snaps. To make an even louder fashion statement, check out super structured khaki coats, like the one that Victoria Beckham presented in her collection.
Finally, fashionistas who are not afraid to show off their style may have fun with furs, asymmetrical coats, and intricate details. Fur is in the peak of its popularity, although it might not be the most practical outerwear solution. It also may not be the most budget-friendly for students. Folks on tight budgets can afford coats with faux fur collars, available at lower-end retailers like Forever 21. Young people can also enjoy a variety of fashionably asymmetrical and interesting coats. Urban Outfitters emphasizes color block choices as well as cutout details. Plus, it has the most relevant and outlandish prints, including checkered, snake skin, and leopard.
Men ought to try trench coats and pea coats too. However, men’s outerwear is minimal in details and sleek in design. Dark colors are prevailing this season. Tweed jackets are also flying off of the runways and shelves—fitted cuts and double rows of buttons are the most popular looks. Express Men has tons of variations on these classy men’s styles, in expert slim cuts and slick designs. Check out Armani Exchange for fitted looks and darker, yet interesting color combinations.
Continuing the military theme, parkas are also in favor this winter. Try those in classic khaki and cream colors, with adjustable straps around the waist to achieve a more fitted look. Enjoy a variety of details, like decorative straps, flap pockets, and zippers—plus, allow yourself a faux fur lining. You might even like a bright orange parka offered at Gap stores.
Since you’ll be wearing your outerwear all season long, invest in some beautiful pieces and trendy ideas. Color will add some fun into grey surroundings, and military coats and parkas will keep you warm and make a sound fashion statement. Remember to stick to your budget, stay true to yourself, and stay warm and stylin’.