Winter Dresses 2010This autumn winter is all about elegance and sophistication with a bit of a futuristic edge. Feel free to play around with
different cuts and layering, be experimental and have fun with new fits and shapes.
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Winter Dresses 2010
Here's the low-down on the new Autumn Winter trends and styles, and how you can wear them:
- Minimalism / Futuristic as at Stella McCartney, Giambattista Valli and Chloe
Work this restrained look by pairing a simple neutral dress with clean lines with a pair of black tights and high heels. The
look is about not making it complicated - no added buttons, ruffles or zips - just pure luxurious quality fabric and design.
It's a sort of futuristic sixties style, that takes it's reference from office chic. Wear it with a chic updo for maximised effect, or
a loose blow-dry for a bit of contrast.
- Fit and Flare as at Marc Jacobs, Prada and Loewe
Prom dresses in all their feminine fiftiesglory are making a serious comeback on the runway. Whether it's a pencil skirt or
a full size flared circle skirt, do it properly by wearing one colour or print shoulder to knee. Louis Vuitton was the champion
of this look at the catwalk shows, with cinched waists, elegant prints and princess bow shoes. This is a simple look to
replicate at home for prom or a winter formal, search your local vintage stores for a gorgeous gown and pop on a full
underskirt for flirty volume.
- Brightly Colored as at Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta and Valentino
This is one trend that everyone is happy to see this season. Winter can often be dreary, so why wear copious amounts of
grey and neutral colors as well? Instead the colors of this season are brights, bright red, bright pink, mint green, acid
yellow and sky blue. The more colors you can wear at once the better, or wear the same shade but with different fabrics
for a fun effect. So when shopping for your special occasion dress, choose one with a beautiful color that stands out - and
be proud to be part of the fashion elite!
- Floaty and Floral as at Ralph Lauren, Luisa Beccaria and Paul & Joe
This trend has been around for a while, and there's no hint of it finishing anytime soon. For a romantic look that's trendy
too, mix your favorite floral dress from last season with a black long sleeved jumper and chunky boots (a la Ralph Lauren,
Paul Smith and Vanessa Bruno - a very popular way to style it!) or pair it with a lace slip and long waistcoat (a la Marc
Jacobs). Spruce it up with a pair of vintage fifties glasses for a cute little something extra.
- Cape Coat and the Aviator as at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Burberry Prorsum and Rag & Bone
The aviator has already been mass produced by the high street in various styles, so get your hands on a faux fur collared
flying jacket, that you can sling on top of your most beautiful dress to bring you up to date. The cape coat is the most
elegant coat you could purchase this season for your wardrobe, and is a timeless, elegant item to keep forever too. Wear
it with thigh length socks, ankle boots or mini skirts for the latest take on this trend.
- The Winter Maxi Dress as at Michael Kors, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti and D&G
This look is really grungy and nineties, and really suits those with a bohemian style and a little bit of height. In order to
make your summer maxi dress work for the winter season, simply pop on a simple loosely fitted jumper over it and you're
good to go. There's nothing more casual, or more fashionably effortless!
- Lovely Lace as at Dolce & Gabbana, Christopher Kane and Alexander Wang
Lace was as prominent at the AW shows as it was in Summer, so you'll be able to transition it for the season. Instead of
cute white and cream lace, it's black (in a nineties grunge sort of way, again!) and more obvious. Instead of a lace edged
piece, go for a full lace dress and pair it with some socks, ankle boots and dishevelled hair.
- Slim Waist Belts as at Fendi, The Row and Nina Ricci
The perfect way to wear comfortable and warm chunky knits this season, it to take last seasons favorite cardigan and pop
on a cute slim leather waist belt and a neutral colour. The new slim style will update any outfit, and if you can perfect
knotting it at the end you'll be even more of a fashion pro this winter.
And the one show that summed up all the trends? Erdem. It was a wonderful combination of futuristic florals, fitted maxi
dresses, waist cinched cape coats and lace inspired bright prints. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out - it's the hottest
name of the season!