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The chill is here to stay for the next few months for many people, and that gives self-declared fashionistas the excuse to break out the plastic and buy a completely new wardrobe to fit the season. The 2011 winter fashion scene offers bold, classy, elegant and crazy, prints, separates and one pieces - all mixed, matched and jumbled for public consumption or total disregard due to impracticality.
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“Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable,” designer Donna Karan told Glamour magazine.
Winter 2011 looks sometimes stray from the balance of comfort with luxury. They seek to amuse the audience, drive home a message and make them think. Here are the top 10 style trends that graced the runways for winter 2011 in no particular order, according to MillionLooks.com.
1) Color. Brilliant blasts of vibrant hues dominated the runways and demanded attention from the audience. This was not the season to wear monochromatic colors. Regardless of pattern, color blocking or sheets of a singular color, the brighter the better. Both celebrities and designers alike incorporated the trend into their choices.
2) Texture. Mixing and matching contrasting textures was in on the runway, much less so on celebs. Designers combined silk with leather, fur with knits and even plastic with chiffon. It packed a visual punch in editorial magazines and on the runways, but resembled a bag lady’s catch-all philosophy in day-to-day life if not done with subtle accents. A tweed with leather or a silk shirt with knit pants are more acceptable variations.
3) The 1940s era. Fashion influences from decades past have a way of replaying themselves in revamped ways in the fashion world. Winter 2011 featured fabulous 40s styles with high waists that cinched before billowing into pants or skirts. Emphasizing the waist with a fitted silhouette remains sexy with this trend, without showing off too much skin. An Ann Taylor Loft promotion code may save a shopper a few dollars in her search for fashionable 40s gear.
4) Prints. It didn't matter what size, style or color it came in - prints were every where. Some designers engaged the eye using vibrant hues coupled with bold and brash prints that caught the eye with large flowers and fractured scenes. Other designers kept in mind more subtle tastes for women who may wish to take the runway look and wear it out without destroying the integrity of the work. As a result, smaller polka dots and paisley prints had a place on the runway as well.
5) Pleats and frills. For feminine women who wish to look delicate, tiered frills and rosette details kept a presence on the runway. It gives women the opportunity to experiment with soft influences. Key colors included white, pink, dove grey gray and charcoal in most of the frilled collections.
6) Heavy knits. Women saw a return to the very functional chunky knit for the winter season on the runway. While the fashions added great mass to the tiny frames of the models, the more practical options available in retail stores are slimmed down into cowl neck sweaters and jewel-toned sweater dresses. There are more than a few of these fabulous knits offered, and with an Anthropologie promotion code for 10 percent off, a girl may find herself trying on something new very soon. The runway’s fashion influence trickled down to create fashionable cold weather gear for women looking to keep it elegant underneath their parkas.
7) Layers. Another practical application to the real world’s winter cold, the art of layering is back in season. It's time to cover up and hide under fanciful layers of texture and color for the next few months. Tailored jackets over sweaters and under shirts left a functional impression on retail buyers and the variety of options are grand for fans of the fashion.
8) Coats. 'Tis the season to celebrate outerwear. With conditions and personalities as varied as all creatures under the sun, the coats of the 2011 winter season seem to be taking a variety of directions. No one designer seems to agree on what the next coat in your closet should look like. There are long dapper influences from the 20s, military cuts, ponchos and cropped trenches being offered, and each of these styles have variations of trim, materials and color. Fur, leather, tweed, wool and various other diverse options can be found.
9) Leather. Whether an entire leather outfit or simple distinguishing elements, animal hide is everywhere this season paired with the traditional feature of fur. Colors and cuts of the material are varied to mix up the ensembles. For the average woman looking to add an edgy element to a look, leather is a great way to start - just don't use too much of it!
10) Fur. It makes women think of snuggling into recessed warmth and luxury. No particular print or color combination was favored this season. It seemed all designers simply had the universal urge to use the material and keep it structured. It was often paired with leather and the combination has been making the fashion rounds and coming out on top of other, less animalistic materials. However, for the fashionista looking to keep herself from wearing animal hide, there are fabulous faux options in retail stores.
These are the top 10 fashion trends of the winter 2011 season and they offer women a variety of options to choose from to keep themselves both warm and fashionable for the upcoming season. There's no need to freeze in sheer materials or be covered up until May in an old sweatshirt. Keep the fashion adventure alive and look for discounts with an Editor's Closet promotion code for 10 percent off of non-sale items.