This season we're seeing lots of new shapes and textures in everything from footwear to outerwear. It's quite a change, and if you're not sure how these items will integrate into your winter wardrobe, read on.
First, the high-heeled bootie. Don't be intimidated, these babies are quite versatile and will bring everything from pants, jeans and slim skirts (with matching tights) bang up to date. Many designs have a platform sole, which balances out the height of the heel, and are surprisingly comfortable. Great for the office or an evening out.
Some designs come just above the ankle and can look "buckety" on slimmer legs. My preference is for styles that sit lower and more fitted on the ankle, like these from Payless:
You'll see more faux fur than ever before this year. I'm especially loving the versatility of fur vests. Wear over sweaters/T's now, and layer over leather or denim jackets for added warmth and interest. Here's a version from Esprit:
We'll be heading into party season soon and one way to jazz up your jeans or add sizzle to plain slacks is with a one-shoulder top. Not surprisingly great shoulders and a good strapless bra are essential. Wear under a trim tailored jacket or cropped cardie until you feel comfortable enough for the reveal. Here's a Suzy Shier sample, great for bringing the focus to your face and away from the mid section:
So...these items aren't for everyone - Thank goodness, we don't all want to look the same. But, what do you think you'll try on at your next trip to the mall, and what do you think you'll be wearing this winter? Share in the comments section below.