FASHION Hot looks for the cold season


Model Cara Delevinge wearing a monogrammed Burberry Blanket Poncho cape at London Fashion Week
?Model Cara Delevinge wearing a monogrammed Burberry Blanket Poncho cape at London Fashion Week.

Hot looks for the cold season

Maggie Gibbons

Is it much easier to dress better in winter than summer? I think it is, mainly because it’s so cosy to snuggle up in a warm coat and woollies, but also because it’s just not worth investing a lot in summer clothes, particularly as the weather can be so changeable.
Autumn/winter is my favourite fashion season of the year. Granted, it marks the end of long, warm days but it also heralds the arrival of some wonderful style. Every season has its decade of influence and for this autumn/winter season it’s mainly the ’60s with A-line shifts, knee-high boots and boxy handbags.
There’s a nod to the ’40s too, with lots of glamorous detailing and fur collars. This season’s styles will also have a wartime influence with lots of military detailing.
Trousers will be wide and skirts mini, though midi length will also be huge. Midi length dresses and skirts teamed with laced up ankle-boots will have you bang on trend.
Capes and hoods
Boutiques and stores will be flooded with hooded jackets and capes. Burberry had a fashion moment with the ‘Blanket’ which they will personally monogram, if you don’t mind! It would need to be in gold though, at a price tag of almost €1,000.

The big coat
If you’re wondering what to splurge out on for winter then make it a statement coat.  Faux fur, shearling or cashmere, the choice is yours.

You can be a lot kinder to your feet this winter by wearing fabulous brogues or booties. You will see lots of frills on ankle boots, and the knee-length boot is staying where it is.

An instant way to update is with the addition of a few accessories. Fedoras, scarves and jewellery will glam up any outfit instantly. Scarves will be a fashion statement all on their own, bright and exotic they add colour and drama to any outfit. Wear them belted over coats and jackets to create a catwalk look instantly. The ‘it’ bag this season is the rucksack.

Neapolitan ice cream anyone? This winter fashion has embraced pastels with open arms. Blues reigned supreme on the catwalks in makeup and fashion, followed closely by pinks and mauve.
Look out for a delicious shade of soft pink, perfect for coats, knitwear and accessories. If you feel it’s a bit too girly then you can opt for a deeper shade and team it with darker colours.
The most daring colour in this season’s palette is red.
Whether you love the orange red or prefer a blue red, you’ll be able to add a little drama.
Fancy something darker and more elegant? Then you can opt for burgundy/wine.  
Charcoal will be very popular  this season.
Luckily every woman can wear grey, just get the shade right.
Sophisticated neutral creams looks wonderful mixed with darker colours. Chocolate looks great mixed with creams, or with pale greens or pinks. It’s such a rich versatile colour.
Blue is everywhere this season, from light blue to sapphire and everything in between –take your pick!
As for patterns, tartan has made a triumphant return, with models showing it on coats, jackets and capes.

Maggie Gibbons is an Image/Style Consultant based in Louisburgh. She can be contacted at