Winter 2014 Fashion Trends

By Jenna Latcheran

With the days growing shorter and the snow piling up, winter is here seemingly quicker than Ohio could have expected. This means a whole new realm of fashion, filled with boots and sweaters, has opened its doors and keeping up to date on all the latest winter fashion trends can be a formidable task.

Heather Marcello, store manager at Express Southern Park, detailed the trends for this upcoming season.

“One trend that should meet every closet is capes and ponchos. They should be paired with a tight pair of leather or patterned leggings,” Marcello said. “This can also go for oversized and comfortable, cozy sweaters.”

The style is suited for customization, mixing and matching to customize an outfit for either a night on the town or a lazy night in.

Playing with different proportions, layering heavy knits with short skirts or slim pants is also a way to look great, from casual to dressy. Having a top with more detail will even out the plain bottoms and give off a sophisticated air.

Though these styles can be mixed and interchanged, mixing too many different patterns together is just as unfavorable as using the same pattern together with the whole outfit.

Fur — real and faux — is likely to be a popular look this season as well. Fur can be worn to complete any outfit, whether it is a fur hat or fur boots.

Tweed is also a popular fabric for this upcoming snowy weather, but tweed is best when worn minimally. If worn appropriately, tweed is meant to produce a modern, chic look. This material is also offered in many colors and can be used to spice up any outfit.
Purple is the in color for the season. Wearing pieces of purple is flattering on all wearers and is able to be mixed with virtually any color.

Even though it may seem that being in college can put a tight lock on the wallet, keeping up on the popular fashions while on a budget is not an impossible task.

While on a tight budget, it is crucial to spend money on fashion that will last. Don’t waste money on fleeting trends because they will hit the sale rack faster than expected, taking its temporary popularity with it.

Marcello advised that spending money on sudden, popular trends may seem like a good idea now, but will leave a wallet empty in the long run. That’s why it’s best to buy clothing items that can be interchanged or mixed and matched as to get the most use out of them, and with these winter trends, that should not be hard to do.

Of course, most important is feeling great about the look chosen. As Coco Chanel, the famed fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand, once said, “I don’t do fashion. I am fashion.”