Sweater Weather: 2013/2014 Winter Fashion

Rachael Mayrose, Arts & Entertainment Editor

With the winter months fast approaching, it is time to put away those skirts and t-shirts and pull out that giant coat that makes you feel like a marshmallow. Although the leaves have fallen and frost is covering the ground, your style doesn’t need to go into hibernation this season.

This winter the runways have been filled with an array of pieces to keep you warm and stylish from head to toe. The slouchy knit hat, known as a beanie, has been very popular this season. Beanies have been around since the early 1900s, but this is the first time in recent years that they are being worn frequently by both men and women, especially teenagers. This accessory is both comfortable and practical for the cold months, and is a quick fix for a bad hair day.

In contrast to beanies, scarves have been a wintertime favorite for years. “Scarves are versatile and add a lot to an outfit”, says senior Jennifer Zhong.

“Also, hats are always weird fitting and you can’t always use smartphones with gloves”, adds senior Katelyn Winter. Scarves are an easy way to dress up a casual outfit while keeping you warm. This year in particular faux fur scarves are very popular, but if that’s not your style you can try an infinity scarf, a more casual, user-friendly scarf.

Scarves come in a variety of patterns. This winter, tartan is a common pattern for scarves, coats, shirts, and even pants. Tartan is a pattern very similar to plaid that consists of multiple colors in both horizontal and vertical stripes. This pattern has commonly been used for scarves and button-up shirts, but this year, some designers, such as Rebecca Minkoff, have taken a risk by using it as a pattern for dress pants. This may seem too daring for some people, but paired with a simple top, tartan pants can be a great addition to your winter wardrobe.

If you are going to buy a new pair of pants you are also going to need a new set of shoes to go with it. A trend that is carrying over from the fall into the winter is combat boots. Combat boots, although inspired by military boots, are not purely made for functional purposes. Today, combat boots come in a variety of colors and with an assortment of embellishments, such as studs. But these features do not take away from the practicality of the shoe. Combat boots have soles that are designed to grip the ground, making them ideal for the snow and ice.

There is a winter trend for everyone, from the fashion savvy who have subscriptions to every fashion magazine from Allure to Vogue, to those who avoid shopping malls like it’s the plague. You don’t have to take a trend right off the runway and replicate it, as fashion is about expressing yourself. These trends are meant to serve as inspiration and you can find a way to incorporate them into your own wardrobe and style.