Friday, December 22, 2006
Fashion Forward: Winter Fabrics
The temperature may not drop below freezing in South Florida, but to look fashionable this season, you've got to have some winter wear. Diana Diaz shows us how to look cool, without breaking a sweat in tonight's Fashion Forward.
WSVN -- It's easy to look ski bunny chic if you're hitting the slopes. But if you're trading in your skis for the South Florida sun and still want to dress for the season, then it's all about fabrics. At Anna Bella Boutique on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, you don't have to dress like you're headed to the North pole.
Erin Londos: "Fall and winter, the whole cold weather theme works really well with dark delicious colors like chocolate, whipped cream and caramel."
Finding a rich color is the easy part. Finding a rich fabric that is perfect for South Florida weather can be tricky, unless you know what to look for.
Erin Londos: "Try to get cashmere fabrics that are super lightweight, baby cords and stretch velvets."
Guys, this goes for you too.The key is focus on one piece and build from there, like this black suit with velvet detail. Or go for a more rugged look with corduroys and a zip hoodie. Erin loves pairing a bigger top with a pencil jean.
Erin Londos: "A lot of silks and crepes, an awful lot of chunky sweaters and doing it in cotton is the best way to do it here in Florida."
The thermometer may read 80, but at Macy's in Dadeland Mall, it's easy to look and feel cool.
Melissa Goff: "Living in South Florida, our weather fluctuates often, but we do have those cooler days, so the key to wearing luxurious fabrics is going to be light layering."
So, when there is a slight nip in the air, velvet is the way to go.
Melissa Goff: "The thing about velvet, though, is velvet breathes. Most of it is 100 percent cotton, so it's very cool and comfortable."
And velvet isn't just a holiday look, as long as you remember to keep it simple.
Melissa Goff: "The key to wearing velvet for the holidays -- or really any time of year -- is not head to toe. Pick one piece."
If you're looking for ski chic, puffer jackets and vests are also in. They'll last a long time, and you can pair them with just about anything.
Melissa Goff: "A camisole, a great denim skirt, or even a pair of jeans so you'll get more mileage out of that investment this year."
And for the guys, leather cuffs are very in right now, and they compliment any look.