The cooler weather and the falling leaves are your warning signs that it's time to move the summer clothes out and the winter clothes in. Some staples can of course be adapted for winter wear -- a short skirt looks great with a pair of winter tights, for example. But the turn of the seasons is also the perfect time to update your wardrobe. It gives you a chance to check out the latest trends, invest in a few key seasonal pieces and accent your wardrobe with some statement items. Check out our list of winter wardrobe staples below, then browse autumn/winter 2012's hottest trends to pick your favourites.
Add a twinkle to the gloomy season with shimmery make-up or sequin statement pieces. Shimmer looks great paired with classic black so wear a metallic top with a classic black skirt or a silver necklace with a black tee. Nothing says glamour quite like a shimmery evening gown, so browse the racks for a short shift dress with sleeves for extra warmth and sequin detailing to bring sparkle to the room.
We saw vintage bikini styles for summer and now the retro trend is continuing into winter. Channel Mad Men's Christina Hendricks with pencil skirts, belted dresses and retro prints. The classic '60s look flatters most body shapes, particularly curvy women or those with larger busts.
A pair of quality jeans is a winter essential, but this season you can shake up your options with a coloured, skinny pair. Muted tones like maroon, army green and grey look great with classic white tees, or be brave and embrace the colour blocking trend with brights.
Thought pattern on pattern was a fashion no-no? Think again. This autumn and winter designers are advocating a mish-mash of patterns and prints, so if you're feeling brave go for a clashing combo like stripes and florals. Look to the runways for fashion inspiration but remember to tread carefully -- it's a fine line between cool clash and chaos! Keep your accessories, hair and makeup minimal to leave the focus firmly on the prints.
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