What’s ‘in’ this winter? We get you the consolidated list of winter essentials to see you through the cold months and party season… in absolute style to unleash the party animal in you.
Winter brings with it hot cuppas and binge-watching Friends under a duvet. But it is also the season to showcase your true style. Rocking winter trends are here to take your style statement notches higher. As you get ready to add panache to the party scene, here are some fashion choices you just can’t ignore.
Get spring back
If you think flowers are only for spring/summer, look again! The floral prints get busier and acquire a darker hue to suit the mood of winter. Long sleeves (even extra long is doing the rounds!) and long dresses are trending. The frothy frilly styles of summer have made way to sleeker, body-hugging silhouettes of winter. Party hoppers get to experiment with unique combinations of pastels and dark colours as well as rich fabrics and daring cuts.
Make-up on your mind
Rich jewel tones are ruling the make-up scene for winters. Deep berries, delicious plums, dazzling wines and sparkling maroons are the flavour of the season. The eye palette is all about shimmer and glamour. Metallic hues, smudged lines, geometric forms and fuller eye lashes are some of the styles that you can try for rocking social dos. Kim Kardashianesque highlighting is out and strobing is in. Let your luminous skin do the talking as you keep a free hand with make-up. Invest in a good ombre highlighter and brush to create the look. Here are the looks created by M.A.C make-up maestros Mickey Contractor and Sonic Sarwate for the party season.
Dress like a diva
It’s time to turn your power mode on. Androgynous cuts and power shoulders are making waves. You get to pick from sleek and classic stripes, comfy checks and good ol’ solids to create a strong impression with your fashion sense. Digital prints have extended their stay on the ramps and are presented in a revamped avatar. Here you see a lot of ochre, olive green and grey. White continues to share the limelight with winter’s favourite – black. Flowy silhouettes are defined by structure and fabrics are comforting and trendy. Metallic colours and metal detailing are also high on the trend metre. Cocktail gowns in metallic colours are oh-so-happening.
Your hairdo can make or break your party look, so choose it with care. The journey towards great hairstyles starts with good haircare. Make sure your bathroom shelf is equipped with moisturising shampoos and deep conditioning products to combat the effects of dry wind and cold weather on your tresses. Try out the trending Ecaille by Wella Professionals technique in hair colour and portray a look that’s so en vogue. To add panache to your party look, try temporary fashion colours by Bblunt. Winter 2016 gives a huge nod to texture! We see curls and waves making a big impression. For hairstyling, the prim’n’proper updos are out. It’s the season to flaunt messy ‘dos and half-upstyles. Top up your look with cool hair accessories by Jean-Claude Biguine. Post-party haircare is equally important. Make sure you wash away all the product from your hair before hitting the scalp. And for those rush-rush days, keep Moroccanoil dry shampoo handy. Let your hair live up to the drama of your party life this year!
Dramatise your style
What’s winter without leather jackets and overcoats? Indulge in your love for leather and fur this season. Overcoats come in all possible sizes, shapes and colours this season. Our best pick is the one with fur-lined collar! While the silhouettes for jackets pretty much remain the same, it’s the way you wear them that counts. Teaming it up with jumpsuits or lose pants creates a style statement like never before. This season jackets are also showing an androgynous touch. What we are hearting is the cropped jacket – it’s absolutely smouldering!
Every one of us dreams of flawless luminous skin. While is it hard-to-achieve at the best of times, it seems an impossible task during winters. The key to good skin is a good skincare regime. First things first – do away with your summer products. Winters call for specialised prodcts that do justice to the weather and its effects on your skin. For instance, your toner needs to be non-alcohol based, your moisturiser can be oil-based while your skin serum should be light and quickly-absorbing. Your must-have list should include a night cream, sun block and make-up remover. Keep a hand cream in your handbag and don’t forget to apply it every time you use a hand sanitiser. Also take care of what goes in your body to get gorgeous skin – plenty of water, fruits, nuts et al. If you have to choose between booze and good skin, pick the latter. Go easy on booze and junk food this party season. Don’t give your skin a chance to complain, and we promise it won’t give you one either.
The emperor’s clothes
As with jackets, velvet is another winter fixation for fashionistas. Traditionally a fabric used for designer Indian wear, velvet has found its way to party and winter clothes as well. Designers have mastered the art of using velvet as a defining element of an ensemble.
For men, this party/winter season is full of surprises. The buzzword for men is ‘overdressing.’ Layering up is fun and fashionable. From jackets in leather or camouflage to structured overcoats, men have the freedom to achieve varied looks with the same set of garments. They can move from loose pants to cigarette cuts with effortless ease, as both the styles are trending this season. On the party circuit, the hues are deeper and black is once again the king.
This winter/party season you are surely spoilt for choice. As you take one fashion trend after another, don’t forget the thumb rule of the season – be yourself and party hard.
Image credits: All catwalk images courtesy Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid/Image.net