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Women's Winter 2010-2011 Style Guide

Sure, it's still 30º outside, but before you know it you'll have had your last summer barbecue and will be trading in your sandals for lace-up boots. This winter is a return to classic lines, clean silhouettes, and sumptuous fabrics that are both comfortable and elegant. Whether you're a devout minimalist who favours sheaths and blazers or an après-ski fan who lives in chunky sweaters and skinny cargos, there's something for everyone to wear, covet, and enjoy.

Clothing

Leather Jackets

A perennial classic, this year's take on the leather jacket is all about the fit. Wear it close and cropped like a blazer, or loose and boxy to wear over your favourite cowl neck sweater. 

Full Skirts

As if you didn't already love the ladies of Mad Men for making curves sexy again, you can thank them for the resurgence of the ladylike swing skirt. This look is all about length and proportion; the skirt should hit mid-calf or just above the knees, and keep the top fitted by cinching it with a belt or tucking it in. 

Chunky Knits

The best part about winter is drinking all the hot chocolate you want. The second best part is wearing gorgeously thick and chunky jumpers. Wear them loose or off the shoulder, but be sure to layer a T-shit underneath in case you get too warm. Knit vests and sweater coats are another great way to add texture and warmth to your Sunday afternoon layabout.

Jewel Tones

Yes, it's dark and grey outside, but that doesn't mean your wardrobe has to reflect it. One of the easiest ways to beat the winter blues is with an injection of bold, bright, and beautiful colour. Cobalt blue, emerald green, and deep amethyst are guaranteed to help you stand out in a sea of black.

Menswear Trousers

Sick of the skinny jeans trend? Then breathe a sigh of relief because generously cut menswear trousers comfortably winterize your wardrobe. The fit should be slightly flared at the hips and narrower at the ankle. Pair them with an silk blouse and long chain necklace to keep things fresh and feminine.

  

Faux Fur

You can thank Rachel Zoe for turning the once-reviled faux fur jacket into a serious fashion staple. The more outrageous the better, but be sure to keep the rest of your outfit relatively simple. 

Minimalism

A fashion style as a well as a life philosophy, minimalist dressing places the emphasis on fit and function, so tailoring is an absolute must. A neutral sheath is the perfect way to look clean, elegant, and timelessly classy. 

Leather Skirts

Because everything's better in leather, right? Leather skirts are a great way to break out of the wool/tweed cycle and inject some fun into your outfit. Buttery tan and clean neutral pencil skirts work best from day to night; steer clear of anything tight, black, and short. 

Tailored Blazers and Jackets

In keeping with the menswear tailoring trend, well-proportioned jackets are an easy way to update your look. Unlike last year's silhouettes, which emphasized the shoulders, this year focuses on a slimmer profile for a more wearable style.

Metallics

Gold, whether used in a jacket, tunic, or (if you're brave) leggings, is a perfect way to add a pop of colour and texture to an outfit. But don't get blinded; a gold top with skinny black trousers and a blazer is très chic--an all-gold suit is not.

Camel

Winter is all about luxurious fabrics in clean, inviting colours, and nothing says winter chic like a belted camel trench coat. Pair it with an all-black outfit for a city sophisticate look, or wear over a medium-grey suit for a modern update.

Animal Prints

 When used properly, animal prints can elevate an outfit from the banal to the extraordinary. As with gold, these prints should be used sparingly. A cardigan or scarf is great for those who aren't so sure about that knee-length leopard sheath dress. 

Toggle Coats

Forget about Paddington Bear. This year the toggle coat has made a stylish comeback and is a fashionable staple that every woman should own. Look for a silhouette with a slight flare at the bottom to counteract the heavy fabric. 

Skinny Cargos

It was only a matter of time before the cargo pant underwent a skinny transformation. Pair with a chunky knit sweater or fur-trimmed vest for a look that's perfect no matter where you live.

Turtlenecks

Another key element in the minimalist trend, turtlenecks are an easy way to bring elegance and ease to your wardrobe. Look for slim fits and lightweight fabrics, and wear them with everything from suits to skirts.

Accessories

High Heeled Ankle Boots

An offshoot of last year's militaristic trend, this winter is all about the ankle boot. Wear a high-heeled version with skinny cargos and an oversized sweater for day, or pair a wedge boot with a knee-length flared skirt for night.

Structured Leather Handbags

The perfect complement to any ensemble, a top-handle or doctor tote in a beautiful leather is as effortlessly simple as it gets. 

Tall Leather Boots

Jodhpur boots, motorcycle boots, riding boots--whatever you call them, every lady should have a stylish leather pair that can be worn with everything from jeans and a t-shirt to a floral dress and blazer.

Crossbody or Bucket Bags

Crossbody, or messenger bags, are a fashionable alternative to top-handle tote bags or uncomfortable shoulder styles. A bucket bag gives you the comfort of a crossbody with the capacity of a tote, so you'll always have everything you need.

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