By Michaela Ard
Though no snow or hail has befallen Cal Poly Pomona, chilled rains and crisp January nights have still claimed Southern California, forcing beach and sun lovers to cover up.
Low temperatures, however, never mean low expectations in fashion. In fact, such chilly days and nights allow fashionistas to pile on snuggle-worthy scarves atop coats with Peter Pan collars to make style statements as unique as snowflakes.
In addition to basics, such as jackets and scarves, are a handful of chic winter trends ready to make any student toasty and tasteful.
The Bill of Tights
There is no need to put dresses and skirts in the back of the closet just yet, because any flirty frock can be dressed and warmed up with tights.
This trend is more of a winter staple than a passing fad because tights are always a great way to stay warm on a night out on the town, while still supplying a sexy and leggy look.
Fabulous textured tights can be found in budget friendly stores such as Kohl’s and Icing, where inexpensive tights range from feminine patterns of houndstooth and lace to bold graphics of zigzags and checks.
For the Love of Romance
Another feminine trend that has graced the Winter 2013 runways of designers, such as Lanvin and Ingrid Vlasov, is that of romantic textiles and silhouettes.
This trend does not mean elbow-high evening gloves have come back in style, but instead vintage jewelry and lace designs are key this season, proving lace is not just for tights, but also for blouses and dresses as well.
For example, pencil skirts below the knee, adorned with lace details or trims, offer a great and sophisticated alternative for a day at the office.
On the other hand, if lace is not at your pace, try ruffles or minor fur accents to romantically rev up any ensemble.
Even trending color palettes have been influenced by the romance genre.
Put away basic blacks and browns for blood reds and ripe plums. Such sensual colors will ignite any fire, just in time for cozy winter weather.
Layer more than tops and coats this season, because cascading jewels in layered necklaces and bracelets are all the rage, transforming any plain Jane into a glamazon.
Bounds of bracelets and never-ending necklaces are more than just shiny trinkets that take simple outfits to new levels; they are small icons of one’s personality and taste.
Accessories, especially abundances of them, prominently showcase an individual’s attitude and style, whether she sparkles with stones or pops with graphic shapes and colors.
Trend reports for Winter 2013 were filled with looks depicting contradictions: plaids with spots or tough leather paired with sweet plum chiffon.
While mixing and matching colors and fabrics is a fun way to experiment with trends, it is not the only way to express juxtaposed styles.
According to Worth Global Style Network, or WGSN, an online fashion network forecasting trends as far as 2015 and beyond, the two standout trends in the coming future will focus on aspects of the human body, such as blood red pantones and peach pink accents, but also on the synthetic world of technological designs and metal marvels.
The seemingly opposite trends of flesh versus machinery offer one of the most vibrantly stylistic and exciting juxtapositions in the fashion world.
Whether the trends form together in individual looks this winter, or are separately interpreted by fashion designers, it is exciting to imagine how far the trend of juxtapositions can go.
Nicole Calinawan/The Poly Post
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