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Style guide: Winter brights

Banish the winter blues with statement coats, acid brights and cheerful head to toe knits

by 23 January 2015

The season for Saint Laurent's glitter boots may have passed, but that doesn't mean our wardrobe needs to take a glum turn and match the grey gloomy weather outside. Sadly, unless you are lucky enough to be travelling to a far-flung winter sun destination, the forecast isn't looking too bright for the coming weeks. So make sure you perk up wintry days with an upbeat wardrobe, guaranteed to cheer you up come rain or shine.

You probably have your statement winter coat/s in the bag by now, but it is never too late to expand your winter coat options. And with more chance of rain than shine right now, one worthy winter investment that will keep the rain out and shine bright is a technicolour Miu Miu plastic mac. Or for the ultimate in brightening up your day, how about an Alexander Wang colour changing coat? Made from what Wang calls 'thermo-reactive' fabric, these coats go from a dull olive shade to a vibrant purple, yellow, lime or blue when exposed to heat. For something more traditional, you won't put a step wrong in Christopher Kane's pastel pink coat, a Del Boy style shearling jacket from Prada or Roksanda Illincic's full-length patchwork fur.

So with your top layer sorted, knits are next on the agenda. And why stick to just a classic sweater when you can go all out with knitted dresses and trousers to keep you warm. They might not be the brightest of offerings, but Marc Jacobs' rib knit trousers and Stella McCartney's knitted maxi dress will keep the chill at bay and no doubt put a spring in your step. Team with a bold Givenchy shrug or bright Celine muff and you will be both cosy and cool at the same time. A luxe sixties polo neck in a hot hue will also perk up those normcore greys, blacks and navys. Cobalt blue is the one to wear this season. In fact winter brights are everywhere.

Christopher Kane, Kenzo, Preen, Dries Van Noten, Prada and Dior all showcased a flamboyant array of shades fit for carnival. A simple shift is an effortless and versatile way to wear such bold colours. Go for a single colour block, or if you really want to push the boat out, go for stark colour clashing or busy florals. Colourful prints are bound to cheer up any winter blues. For something a little subtler but equally as optimistic, whimsical watercolours and cool pastels make a refreshing change to dark winter shades. Burberry has this colour scheme etched into their AW 14 collection with beautiful scarves, blanket coats and dresses in spring inducing shades of pink, green and blue.

My message is clear. Normcore may have gone high fashion this season, but how much longer can we wrap up in dull drab tones? Come on spring, we're done with winter. Roll on the new season...

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