Winter Wardrobe 2011: The Essentials


As fall blows in and the long summer nights draw to a close you know it’s time for only one thing – re-stocking your winter wardrobe. Last year was all about the camel coat and the cape, so what does that fall/winter 2011 season have in store? We’ve scoured the style sheets, lookbooks and runways to bring you our guide to this season’s must-haves – from studded shoe boots to cosy cocoon coats, they’re all available online at the House of Fraser site too.

Mary Kate in Sheer Maxi

The Sheer Maxi

This look was not just spotted all over the Fashion Week runways, but all over Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen too. When every single off-duty model at NY Fashion Week is wearing one of these, you know you have to have it. For fall/winter 2011, the look is strictly black, and try the Mary Kate look by contrasting the dainty sheer fabric against heavy opaques like a grungey leather jacket.

Cocoon Coats

Last year’s must have was the camel coat, but this year it’s time to wrap yourself up in a cocoon. A sort of cross between a coat, cloak and cape, they’re the ultimate in comfort, feeling like you’re being given a big bear hug, but with some sleek modern tailoring they’re incredibly chic with it. This is definitely the coat of the season for ladies who like their look smart, but are looking for some serious warmth.

Swingin’ Sixties

While the trend for all things seventies is still around, it’s the sixties trend that had everybody talking at Fashion Week, especially after Calvin Klein’s futuristic mod-inspired NY show. Clean-lined straight-up-and-down mod styles, from dresses to coats, are a must. Keep it super sixties with monochrome black and white, or give it an instant update a la CK with mod cuts in futuristic metallic fabrics.

Studs and Suede

If you’re going for winter boots, make them studded this year. Studs were seriously everywhere at Fashion Week, particularly at McQueen and Marc Jacobs, who incorporated them into some pretty OTT wedges. Heavily studded ankle boots and shoe boots were the mainstay, but knee-highs got the studded treatment too.

Fashion has a tendency towards softer, more comforting fabrics for fall and winter, and this year it’s no different. Suede was the fabric of the 2012 catwalks shows, especially when it came to footwear. Muted greys and nudes were key for knee high boots, or if you want to liven up your winter wardrobe Anna Sui and Donna Karan both made use of some brighter-than-bright shades of suede in va-va-voom red and cobalt blue.

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