Fashion Trends for Winter 2006
By Jacqui O'Brien
Fall and winter 2006 fashion trends see designers
moving towards smart, androgynous looks, British
influenced classics, and eighties retro styling.
The smart trend includes pencil skirts, smart
blouses and wide trousers with turn-ups. Jackets
are fitted, either 80's cropped style or a
'borrowed-from-the-boyfriend' tuxedo. The
catwalks were also full of shift dresses and
crisp white blouses teamed with ladylike accessories.
The androgynous look is epitomized by a continuation
of last summer's trend for skinny jeans along
with cigarette pants. The season's hot coat
is tipped to be the parka, another masculine
look, made feminine in a shiny fabric.
If you prefer a more girlie look, this season's
skirt length is the mini, ranging from just
above the knee to very short indeed. The look
is a mini skirt worn with opaque tights, or
a mini dress worn over leggings. As the dresses
get shorter, tops are getting longer, almost
to tunic length, and so may be interchangeable.
Once again many designers were showing the
influence of traditional British clothing
with tweeds, tartans and checks used for coats,
dresses, skirts and trousers. You may have
the elements of this look in your wardrobe
already, so if you stashed your classics now
is the time to get them out of storage.
An eighties vibe ran through many of the
collections; as well as the baggy top over
leggings look, there were neon colors teamed
with black, black and white graphics and well,
If you want a new coat and feel a parka isn't
your thing then the shape being offered for
this winter is a rounded shape dubbed either
the 'egg' or the 'cocoon'. This voluminous
silhouette can also be worn by getting into
this seasons chunky knits in Aran, Nordic
and Fair Isle designs. Tulip shaped dresses
and skirts were also in evidence.
After the colorful shades of spring/summer
06 the color for autumn is grey, in any shade
from dove to charcoal. If you need a little
more color in your life then ruby red is the
color for this season's party dress. The only
pattern to be seen in is an animal print which
can be found on everything from coats and
dresses to scarves and shoes.
This season's must-have accessory is a handbag
and it should be huge. Classic black, brown
and tan bags are available everywhere along
with dark greens and burgundy so this could
be your investment purchase of the season.
Belts from thin to thick were used on the
catwalks to reign in the roomy sweaters and
The fashion shoe of the winter is the shoe-boot,
a cross between a court shoe and a low ankle
boot. There were also plenty of platform court
shoes reminiscent of the early 1990's but
with super high heels. Boots are knee high
with either high heels or in a biker style.
For jewellery lovers, last summer's trend
for wearing just one statement piece, almost
always a necklace continues, with earrings
and bracelets rarely seen on the catwalks.
Jacqui O'Brien admits to
a passion for fashion and a love of bargains.
Her website is http://www.shopping-villages.co.uk
a guide to the discount and outlet stores
in the UK.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Jacqui_O'Brien