As our car windscreens freeze up on chilly mornings, we are plunged into endless months of shops announcing the impending festive season is upon as subtly as bludgeoning a Christmas tree with a human sized cracker, before setting it alight with a flaming pudding filled with coins which will in no way at all back up A+E in the post-dinner binge; it would indeed appear that the winter season is upon us.
Being a die-hard fan of autumn/winter trends, there is nothing I love more than whipping out the tweed, (faux) fur and leather like a recently graduated drama student desperately vying for an audition in Game of Thrones. Of course, with each season, brings the added bonus of hats, scarves and gloves (otherwise known as the Scottish Bitch Trinity of Accessories) along with the promise of micro-trends gone by of Davey Crockett inspired hats and fashion's personification of IKEA - an infinity loop colloquially known as the "Snood."
Thankfully, February's showcase of autumn/winter trends were substantially more forgiving than last years choice of accessories as it quickly became apparent in and amongst the return of maroon tones and shaggy eyelash jumpers, the over-sized scarf was declared loud and proud by the designers that be as the new "It" accessory. To use the terminology "accessory", however, would be a disservice with notable designers such as Thakoon and Osman sending statement scarves down the runway with enough sustenance to dwarf the main event - the outfit itself.
|From runway to high street - Zara's take on the A/W statement scarf - £39.99.|
In my opinion, the scarf is a horrifically underrated and underused piece within the realms of fashion, with many choosing to simply to use the piece as an accent as opposed to the statement it is truly meant to be. Prints, of course, were in no short supply this summer, and beautifully illustrated scarves by the likes of Naromode were used by the masses to layer and print clash to create a complimentary oriental-inspired style to the kimono trend of the summer. Nevertheless, this winter, designers are scaling it back on the illustration, with emphasis focused on bulky and structured textures. It seems that the outfit and the accessory have traded places, with the season concept being that of dressing minimally in good quality staples, but avoiding the full-on normcore trend by letting the scarves do the talking.
Of course, we're all guilty of the compulsive purchase of a statement pair of shoes or a truly characteristic handbag, but certainly styling an outfit around an accessory is a first. One thing is for sure - it will certainly make getting dressed, bleary-eyed on dark mornings a little more comforting. After all, who can resist the promise of a snuggle with fashion's new best friend on the morning commute to work?
Will you be investing in a chunky accessory this season or will you remain loyal to the dreaded Snood? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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