Time to get cosy


ALL WRAPPED UP The shops are full of baggy jeans, chunky knits and warm autumn colours.

This year’s autumn/winter styles are all about oversized comfort

Maggie Gibbons

Sometimes I look in my wardrobe and wonder if I’ve enough years left to wear all the stuff jam packed in there! It’s criminal really, but I’ve long realised I won’t stop buying, so I’ll be out again soon shopping the winter trends. I wish I followed my own advice of ‘one in, one out’, meaning every time I buy something new I should get rid of one item. (Right, good luck with that!)
Alas, there’s stuff I there I never wear, yet can’t bring myself to get rid of. Adding a new trend to your wardrobe keeps it fresh and up to date I say. But just remember ladies, we wear 20 percent of our clothes 80 percent of the time. That’s something to think about!
Autumn has to be the nicest time to put something new in your wardrobe. The fickle fashions of summer have disappeared, and now is the time for a bit of ‘serious’ purchasing. It may be a new coat or jacket or even a warm winter dress. The fires are alight and it’s time to cozy up.

Luxury feel
Luxury seems to be style keyword for this coming season, with cashmere, leather, animal prints and oversized knitwear leading the way in the fashion stakes.
Leopard print is as popular as ever, followed closely by every other animal, from giraffe to zebra. In fact, speaking of zebra, a black-and-white colour combo can look amazing with limes and hot pinks, also major trends this winter.
You will be seeing lots of oversized clothes this season; if it’s a style you like then you’ll be in fashion heaven. Wide loose jeans, for a more relaxed look; I’ve seen a lot of them worn with very pointy slingbacks. Loafers will be popular again, though with a chunkier sole than in previous seasons. Chunky platform boots, reminiscent of ’70s platforms, will be the most fashionable boot style. (Must admit, though, I’m not a fan.)
Sweaters, shackets, and lots of cozy layers will be everywhere. Long chunky cardigans, will replace shorter ones. Leather is showing up in every variety, from bombers to blazers.
Slip dresses will feature hugely for Christmas; long or short will depend entirely on your personal preference. Pair with boots or sneakers to complete the look.
Asymmetric skirts are also very ‘in’ right now. I spotted Paul Costello had this design in Dunnes. I’m not mad about it, but I don’t think that will bother him one bit.

Think bright and soft
Colours brighten up the darkest winter day and this year they’re aplenty. You’ll find bright oranges, lime greens and autumn colours like browns and olive greens, as well as the grey all over the place. Colours provide a real ‘feel good’  experience. It’s too easy to throw on black in winter, but a pop of colour can make such a difference to how you feel.
Fabrics will be soft and tactile. Think cashmere. H&M have some of the best cashmere pieces on the high street, and at brilliant prices. I have a few favourite looks, like long trousers, which will be more elegant than in previous years. Teamed with a bit of soft cashmere,  you’re good to go.

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