From eye-catching coats to nude nails, here are five trends that are taking Winter 2016 by storm. By Carly Petrone.
Apparel: Colored Coats
Spice up your winter wardrobe with a fun colored wool jacket with just a hint of embellishment. Instead of opting for the typical black or dark-colored coat, try a hue that pops. On the higher end, JCrew offers a fun Stadium-Cloth red parka ($365) with a detachable faux fur trim on the hood that is both eye catching and fully insulated so you don’t have to worry about turning into a snowman. If you’re looking for something more affordable, H&M offers coats that are fur lined, beaded, brass buttoned, and patterned for under $150. Just because it’s freezing out doesn’t mean you can’t dress to impress.
Nails: Dark and Nude-Colored Manicure
It might be hard to cover up your adorable manicure once glove season begins because you’ll definitely want to show off your nails this winter. With dark, warm colors like oxblood, midnight blue, and deep emerald as the front runners this season, it’s hard to choose a new favorite. Don’t forget about those classic nude and grey hues either — they’re go perfectly with those cozy sweaters you plan on living in until spring. If you want to stick out from the crowd, try adding a little bit of glimmer at the tip or bottom of your nails to give your manicure some more depth.
Shoes: Rubber-Soled High Heels
Who says you can’t wear heels in the snow? Thanks to innovative brands like Hunter, Sam Edelman, and Kenneth Cole, you can celebrate the winter season without slipping on the icy streets of New York City. Try the reliable Hunter Original High Heel Shoes ($225), the sophisticated Sam Edelman Franklin Boot ($112), or the textured Kenneth Cole Otto Waxed-Suede Lug-Sole Heel ($225). Thanks to the thicker heel and rubber soles, you’ll have plenty of traction and will feel more secure walking in the snow (and your feet won’t hurt at the end of the day! Another plus!).
Apparel: Belled Sleeves
Another big trend we’re seeing this year is the flared sleeve. Don’t think you can pull it off? Just make sure you wear more tailored or fitted bottoms and you will be good to go. Start with something less dramatic like Zara’s Belled Sleeve Sweater (now on sale for $29.99). This warm top has a round neck and the sleeves bell out around the wrist area, making it extra cozy. If you’re looking for more of a flared sleeve overall, try the Vince Camuto Chiffon Yoke Bell Sleeve Blouse ($79). This demure blouse is wide-sleeved and simple enough to make a statement without being too obvious about it. Tuck it into a pair of high-waisted pants or throw it over your favorite pair of jeans. Express also offers a variety of dresses and tops that are fun and flirty (and under $50).
Interior Design: Make A Small Yet Bold Switch
An easy way to give your home a face-lift this winter is by switching out everyday items for more bold and playful wear. If you’re sick of staring at your typical silverware that you’ve had since you moved in then spice it up with a different colored set. Crate & Barrel has a gorgeous Emory Gold 5-Piece Flatware Place Setting (59.95) that is simple yet elegant. Impress your guests with the Emory Gold 3-Piece Serving Set; spoon out your favorite casserole or toss your signature spinach salad with these beautiful oversized spoons and forks. Another easy way to update communal spaces in your home is by switching out those tired curtains and throw pillows. Try plaid or a metallic pattern to help bring some liveliness into the room. And don’t forget the plants! Adding a little bit of green (or fresh flowers) to any space will put a smile on your face. Just don’t forget to water them!