Winter fashion trends

While most people have to wait months before they can get their hands on looks for the winter seasons 2011-12 catwalk shows, a few Gannon students are already wearing this season’s big fashion trends.

The winter clothes are drenched with warmth and color.

A great coat is always a must the style and this season is no exception. Floor-grazing overcoats are big news this year.

With lean, personalized styles, overcoats will boast city-smart drama, while adding softer dressing gown cuts to present a more relaxed approach.

For a more laid back look, blanket coats and cozy, knitted ponchos, capes and cardigan coats make a great off-duty option.

Even if you want to dress up your blanket coat, they are available with leather-trimmed or fringed edges.

Berets and beanies, cloches and caps, trilbies and trappers – hats in every size, shape and style are the ultimate topping of this season.

For the easiest way to work the trend into your wardrobe, try wearing knitted beanies. Chelsea Cusick, a junior psychology major, said crochet hats are a nice accessory because they can complete an outfit. “I like to wear my crochet hats with scarves and boots,” she said. “I have a lot of favorite colors of crochet hats to choose from such as deep purple, mustard yellow, black and off-white. Also, I have to be in the mood to wear each one.”

Fur, fur, fur! Elaborate swirls, patterns, polka dots, winter floral and fur are categorized as a master class for this season.

Sheer circles and sophisticated cut-outs provide evening magic. Shapes are to be worn over printed, clashing tights.

A chic choker gives an update at every hour. Chokers are set to become the must-have addition to your jewelry box this season. It’s been a while since necks have felt the familiar pressure, but the time is right for their return. Before long, chokers will be adding a glamour addition to wardrobes at every time of day.

With so much talk about the reunion of high-class glamour for winter, it’s easy to forget the woman who is so confident in her stride. Teaming up with tunics with trousers is an effortlessly chic combination. It is a relaxed and loose silhouette look with panels of block colors to add interest and depth.

Katelyn Kovacs, a junior accounting major, is up for any style that is fashionable on any given day. “I will wear a lot of warm sweaters, boots and scarves,” she said. “Majority of those articles of clothing will be in the colors of black, gray and brown.”

If you weren’t sure about over-the-knee boots, don’t worry, the knee-high boots walks firmly back into our lives for this winter.

Beginning with less of a mouthful and easier to wear, knee-high boots are chic with a mid skirt, over jeans or with oversized cashmeres.

If you only buy two things this season, make it knee-high boots and a great coat – then wear them together for an instant winter chic.

COURTNEY HERZING contributed to this story.

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