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Make the Winter Fashion Trends Work for You
by: ARA

Now that the days are frosty, and the holidays are on the way, it's time to get your wardrobe in shape for the winter season. From coats to layering pieces to holiday party essentials, winter fashion offers so much to choose from.

Bright colors, classic outerwear and luxurious fabrics are just some of the trends this winter; but not every look is right for every person. With so much out there, how do we know where to start?

"Rather than just follow the trends, we recommend women choose clothes that really look good on them, and work well for their lifestyles," says Jim Bradbeer, president of casual wear company Lilly Pulitzer. "Clothes should make you feel good," he adds.

So as you head out to find the perfect essentials for this season, don't let the designers push you around. You want to stay in step with current fashion, but also choose what you genuinely like. Here are some winter trends to keep in mind while you're shopping:

* Bright colors are in for holiday parties. Spring fashion celebrated bright colors, and the winter clothes are continuing that trend, but with more practical tones.

* Get ready for the snow. The outerwear choices this year include the classics updated: toggle coats in bright colors like pink or in plaid patterns, quilted jackets in microfiber in all lengths, and riding jackets in earth tones with corduroy accents.

* Stay warm with luxurious fabrics like cashmere, suede and lambswool this year. You'll see lots of suede jackets, boots, skirts and pants. The cashmere turtleneck is back in cabled and fine knits; a must-have basic item that will work well as a layering piece.

* The mini skirt has returned, and it's not just for summer. The winter version has been made modern with unexpected colors and patterns; you'll see some classic tartans, pinstripes and even patchwork and printed stretch corduroy. It should be worn with tights (preferably in a kicky color) and long boots.

* Club clothes. Just because the weather is cooler doesn't mean you have to give up sports, indoor or outdoor. Stripes and plaids are perfect for country club chic, or you can stick with solids to get just the right look for the course and courts.

"The main thing is to have fun with your wardrobe; choose clothes that make you smile," says Bradbeer.


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