The time has come again when we have to choose what is warm, rather than what is fashionable o_O. Wrong! Winter doesn’t have to mean that we have to dress in a dull and dreary manner and in fact, it is one of those seasons where you are able to stand out from the crowd.
Fashion is always a matter of personal taste and as a Naturalista, there are so many options that can be looked into for winter, as our diverse hairstyles can always be complimented by the correct attire.
This Winter is seeing the use of burgundy grace the shops. Everything from faux fur-lined coats to Nike Blazers are being brandished with this delicious shade of deep red. Accessorising this colour with hints of gold or cream, emphasises the richness of this colour, making it a easy go to choice, which can be adapted for work or play.
For those of us who are a little more daring, the use of bright orange and or patterns, has been made available to show bold personalities. Using patterns within our dress code doesn’t have to be done in a garish or distasteful manner and can be blended in well with plain colours to achieve dramatic effects.
The art of turning a mediocre outfit into a head turner, all lies in the accessories you choose. Many natural sisters have turned to wearing unique pieces which showcase all elements of natural hair styling. Gone are the days when gold or silver hoops were a must have item. If you are one who likes to rock a frohawk, the use of large earrings or oversized neck pieces allow that hairstyle to pop! The beauty of wearing a frohawk, is that it can be styled to be formal or informal, making accessory choice more specific.
Winter doesn’t automatically mean that your other clothes will now have to be locked away, as layering is another way of creating a defined look. By layering, it not only gives you more scopes to create ‘new’ outfits but, it will be a lot friendlier to your pockets considering Christmas is just around the corner.
So when you are thinking about creating your next Winter look, consider the following:-
- What is the occasion? (Work, play etc)
- What colours would compliment your current hairstyle?
- Is it something you have worn before? If so, try changing an element so it doesn’t feel repetitive.
- Can you layer items to create a new look? (E.g. Long-sleeved blouse, covered by a waistcoat with an added statement piece i.e brooch)
- Have you covered your beginning (head – hairstyle), middle (neck to waist – accessories and clothing) and end (waist to feet – appropriate bottoms and the perfect footwear)?
So with our snoods (tubular scarf), coloured leather gloves (yellow with button detail) and hair fascinators at the ready, let’s create our new ‘black’ this Winter!
By Maria Kerr