As the days grow shorter, it is easy to slip back into dull, drab colour schemes. Using clever accessories, you can keep your wardrobe colourful and full of life this winter.
The brolly is also another must-have practical accessory, especially from autumn to spring where showers and day-long downpours are common in the UK.
But just because it is functional, it doesn’t mean that the humble brolly has to be boring. And like all the other accessories mentioned thus far, the brolly is also subject to trendy ideas.
- The dome brolly – the Queen has a collection and so should you. With contrasting coloured edging on the dome, you can either match or contrast it with your chosen winter outfit.
- Image umbrellas – we’ve also come across some amazing examples of image printed umbrella canopies. With a low dome, they are not so much screaming ‘look at me!’ but more inviting a second glance.
- Block colour brollies – our colourful mini umbrellas can be kept in your bag so when it rains, you have the comfort of knowing that a. you have a brolly and won’t arrive at your next meeting dripping and b. it adds a pop of colour to today’s outfit.
Your mother told you to put your hood for a reason – keeping the cold wind from your ears and around your head made for fewer sniffles and headaches. You probably never thought that a hat could be a fashion accessory but for those of us with one eye on the catwalks, the hat is a year-round addition to any outfit that brings colour and detail.
Winter hats can be colourful but they also have a practical sense about them too. Stop all that heat escaping from the top of your head and remain snuggly and warm as you walk the streets.
So what’s hot in terms of hats this winter?
- The colourful, patterned balaclava – not the full face, bank-robbing kind you’ll be pleased to hear but for both ladies and men, the colourful balaclava is certainly ‘in’ this winter.
- Knit beanies – from the fine-knit full on slough beanie to the chunky knitted beanie fresh off Grandma’s needles, the beanie is perfect in all colours and patterns.
- Headscarves – Marilyn Monroe rocked headscarves and there is no reason why on a lighter winter’s day, you can’t do the same. Headscarves were fairly prominent in most autumn/winter 2018 collections we noticed.
With a hat on your head, you can now turn your attention to your bag. Adding a zing of colour and detail to any outfit, the beauty of the bag is that they are usually affordable enough to create a sizeable collection. And that means as your outfits change, you can change your bag too.
- The backpack – a versatile bag, the fashion-conscious man will be sporting what the fashion industry has labelled the ‘tactile backpack’. This means a soft backpack, made from textured Look out for suede and leather.
- The functional holdall – from brown leather with many utility pockets to functional black leather, if a backpack isn’t your thing, then opt for the holdall bag.
- Croc-stamped bags – no one wants to walk around with a dead alligator hanging off their arm and so the fashion industry have risen to the challenge with faux leather, croc-stamped bags that are a must for this winter. From box bags to backpacks, the on-trend bags are those that look like crocodile skin but couldn’t be further from the truth.
- Powder blue – occasionally, something so delicious and pretty comes along that you just have to have it. We have felt this way about mustard accessories for some time now but the beautiful, feminine powder blue bags have caught our eye. Again, it is not so much the shape but the colour and the finish, so keep your eyes peeled for pretty powder blue box bags and the get-everything-in-bucket bag.
Again, a functional accessory, there is something very practical about facing the winter days with a scarf knotted around your neck.
Adding a zest of colour, you can turn a drab winter coat into something exciting. But what are the must-have scarf trends for winter 2018?
- Tartan scarf in Dr Who length – the garb of Dr Who is as much talked about as the character itself and the long, floor-length tartan scarf is back. Hang around your neck flicking one length over the opposite shoulder and secure it in place with a brooch.
- Homemade knit – anything Prada does, we love and their homemade-knitted-look scarves attracted us immediately. They mix two colours – we seen a light tan brown with a power blue – complete with tassels fringing but only on one side. To be uber-trendy, opt for the feather fringe.
- Dog-tooth cravat – Ralph Lauren has given us a fairly simple offering but when you see how it was used on the catwalk, you’ll understand why. Knotted high up the neck like a cravat, it was worn as a formal accessory with softly tailored suits.
- Anything furry – makes sure its faux-fur but frankly, anything that is furry will sit well around your neck this winter.
Jewellery is another fantastic accessory that can add detail, as well as a hint of colour to a winter coat.
Brooches may not be the immediate accessory you think of but we have seen some fantastic examples recently.
- Flower brooches – from the red of a poppy to the yellow springs of Forsythia, the catwalks were full of flower brooches worn high on the shoulder of a coat.
- Victoriana – the other style we noticed creeping in was the blousier brooch, which would once have commonly appeared on the dresses of well-heeled ladies back in Victorian times. The mix of silver brooch with coloured fabric bunch together would make a lovely addition for any winter coat.
As the grey of winter lands with us once again, how do you see accessories adding colour to your winter coat?