As the November chill sets in, winter wear slowly emerges from the shadows of the fallen leaves and frostbitten pumpkins. This season, traditional layers have gotten a needed makeover with trending prints, leather, baroque and velvet. Bulky layers are less than ordinary this time around, decorated with dozens of accents from sequins to fur. While I adore the embellishments, I am drawn to the seasonal prints. Geometric, florals and my personal favorite, animal, neatly adorn everything from button-downs to cozy sweaters.
With a classic leopard print button-down, this Fashionista mixes trending prints with solid staples. In fact, her ensemble reflects the current transition from color blocking to simple black and white. The surplus of florals and overload of color dominating seasons past has given way to a mysterious, subdued palette of muted tones. To keep her look free of winter's dreariness, she maintains her bleach blonde locks despite the seasonal trend toward darker, or ombré hues. Her wispy, angelic tresses contrast a winter wardrobe dominated by classic grays, blacks and browns. What’s more, her white vest with a hint of sheen compliments the summer blonde.
So add dimension to your winter wardrobe by experimenting with meticulous mixes of blacks and whites—whether it’s through your beauty repertoire or your seasonal layers. For those ever-so-light shades of blonde, opt for a darker color palette for a wintery contrast. Like this Fashionista, pair a sleek pair of black jeans with a geometric heavy knit. When it comes to adding a pop of color, keep it fairly neutral. Channel the continuously popular military-inspired trend with an army green parka or even a camo fatigue jacket—both with provide warmth and needed variety.