Jan 16, 2012

Winter fashion: Statement brights

By: Laura deCarufel

Leda & St. Jacques Author: Elle Canada Credits: Leda & St. Jacques

Jan 16, 2012

Winter fashion: Statement brights

By: Laura deCarufel
Make room for one more resolution this month: Dare to wear brights. Fiery hues of fuchsia, cobalt and crimson transformed the fall/winter catwalks into the world’s most fashionable colour wheel. As with most fashion statement trends, your best bet when recreating the look is to anchor your ensemble with one dominant piece. Keep the lines smooth and clean in your winter fashion wardrobe—a minimalist approach to maximalist colour. The winter months seem brighter already.


Talk about A-plus style: This dress combines a ‘50s school marm silhouette with a traffic-stopping hue. A dress with this much drama calls for a low-key supporting cast. Pair it with a minimalist black belt, sleek black pumps and a retro red lip. Hot for teacher, indeed.
Dress, $69.95,


This sexy, slouchy tote would look at home on a private plane bound for the beach. Create your own jetset look with an all-neutral ensemble: cropped camel coat, sweater dress and ribbed tights.
MICHAEL Michael Kors Canvas Marina tote, $250, 1-866-733-5677


How many hours until the first day of spring? This punchy timepiece keeps track in style. Bonus points for the striped strap, a chic, simple way to incorporate this season’s graphic trend.
Lacoste Goa Day-Glo watch, $95,


Sporty, stylish, cool—this is the season’s perfect weekend coat. Wear it to brunch over a cableknit cardi and dark wash jeans, or with a hoodie and leggings on your Sunday afternoon hot chocolate run. A fashionable bonus? Orange is one of winter’s must-try colours.
MAC coat, $29,


This slim-fitting blazer recalls the cobalt splendour of the Greek Isles. Introduce a little summer heat to your winter wardrobe—wear this over a white T-shirt, white jeans and a slim pink belt. For a little extra oomph, replace the button with something pale, pretty and textured. Who needs Expedia?
Blazer, $39.95,

Make another winter fashion statement with a red hot dress. Check out 7 of our favourites here.

More brights to add to your winter fashion wardrobe, and to make a fashion statement, on the next page ... 1-Topshop-Plain-Drape-Front-Dres.jpg

We know: The LBD is a no-fail fashion classic. But an LPD? Fashion genius, especially when the pink such a lovely shade and the silhouette is so flattering. Emphasize your waist with a belt (black patent for day; braided gold for evening), and your décolletage with a bold statement bauble.
Topshop Plain Drape Front dress, $84,


As the urge to cocoon intensifies along with the winter chill, turn your attention to your at-home wardrobe. First step? Swap a familiar fleece for a satiny robe in a seductive hot hue. Cozy evenings in just got a lot more interesting…
Satin belted kimono, $39.95,

Read more:
The best winter brights
Great necklaces for any season
Knitted pieces for the cold weather

Winter fashion tips: How to be comfy and chic
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Winter fashion: Statement brights