Leather, winter whites among new winter trends

Published by adviser, Author: Katie Ellis - Rocket Contributor, Date: December 6, 2012
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As the semester draws to a close, and the official start of winter quickly approaches, brush up on the latest trends for the upcoming season.  This season is all about winter whites, leather, and the fashion industry’s latest color obsession, oxblood.
As you head home to attend holiday parties and reunite with your high school friends that you haven’t seen since August, pay attention to the latest trends to ensure that you’re looking your best.
Whoever said that you can’t wear white after Labor Day was sorely mistaken.  Models walked the runways of The Row, Alexander Wang, and Derek Lam in the hot color to critical acclaim.  These designers featured head-to-toe white ensembles with black accents that radiated chic simplicity.
While wearing an entirely white outfit during the winter may seem highly unrealistic, try it before you discount it.
H&M’s Holiday Fashion collection features a number of stylish pieces including a winter white sweater for only $14.95, featuring a preppy Peter Pan collar with iridescent sequin detailing.
Forever 21 has also jumped on the bandwagon with their Beaded Mesh Peplum Top in Winter White for only $22.80.  This top is on trend not only color wise, but detail wise as well.  The peplum adds sweet sophistication, while the exposed zipper on the back gives it an edge.
If you’re feeling daring enough to rock white pants in the winter, head over to Old Navy to pick up their Sweetheart Skinny Jeans in Marshmallow, now on sale for only $19.

Leather is another trend not to be missed this season.  It instantly adds a cool edge to any outfit, and is an instant confidence booster all-in-one sleek package.  A great part about this trend is that leather will always be in style, so there is no need to worry about whether or not the pieces you buy this season will be wearable next year.
Forever 21 sells a number of leather pieces including the fashionable Curved Panel Skirt for $15.80.  This skirt features a knee-length hemline and curved knit panels on the sides that create a slimming effect.  Wear it with a solid shirt and a pair of black heels for what is sure to be a head-turning look.
A leather jacket is a wardrobe staple that every girl should have in her closet, and if you don’t have one, winter 2012 is the perfect time to buy one.  The BDG Vegan Leather Bomber Jacket by Urban Outfitters is now on sale for only $69, and would make a great addition to any wardrobe.  Dress it up for a party with a flirty mini-dress or down for a trip to the mall with a t-shirt and jeans.

Oxblood is the fashion industry’s latest obsession, and by far winter’s most talked about trend.  While the name of this color may be off-putting to some, think of it as burgundy or a rich cranberry.  Wearing this sophisticated shade of red will add a bit of class to any outfit.
UK-based label, Asos, has over 100 different products available from purses to coats in the popular hue.  Order the Skinny Jeans in Oxblood No. 4 for $49.25 from http://us.asos.com, and pair them with your favorite T-shirt for a rocker chic look.
Topshop is another popular British brand that is on top of the oxblood trend.  Purchase a pair of the VAIN Velvet Lips Ballerina flats for $44 to add some quirky flair to your outfit on http://us.topshop.com.

While winter’s trends may not be overly daring, they should inspire you to step out of your comfort zone to try something new.  Be sure to incorporate your new trend setting pieces into your wardrobe sooner rather than later so that you’re ahead of the curve at your first holiday party of the season.
Happy holidays, fashionistas!

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