1. Shorts (clockwise, starting at top): AllSaints, River Island, H&M, A.L.C., AllSaints
2. Velvet pieces: Zara (shoe), Elie Tahari (clutch), Topshop (skirt), Miss Selfridge (dress)
3. Brocade pieces: Topshop (collar), Matthew Williamson (pants), Jovonnista (dress), Accessorize.com (belt)4. Tuxedo Blazers (left to right): Tibi, Warehouse, Haider Ackermann
The Winter 2012 Fashion It List
1. Shorts in the winter: Wearing shorts in the colder months is a lot easier done than you might think. Just make sure you look for heavier fabrics, like leather (faux or otherwise) or shiny, satin, or glittered looks (perfect for parties!). If it isn't too cold where you live, try the dark leather look with bare legs. If you live in a climate like mine, you may want to slap on some chunky tights before the shorts! Either way, it's a nice break from dresses and skirts!
2. Velvet: Luxe, luxe, luxe. Velvety textures scream winter-time, and they are perfect for party season! Or, dress velvet down by wearing it on a trendy shoe and mixing it with casual pieces, like denim jeans.
3. Brocade: Brocade is fabric woven with an elaborate design. This textile looks special and ornate. In small doses, like the collar pictured above, brocade fabrics can make any outfit look expensive and chic. Most brocade fabrics resemble Baroque-style prints, so these pieces also look very artsy and referential.
4. Tuxedo Blazers: These add a dose of fun to any winter look. Whether you choose a bright color or a classic black-and-white, you can easily dress up jeans or dress down a glam party outfit.