A Palette of Winter Dresses

If you’re looking to replenish your wardrobe for winter 12, what’s new in the way of dresses and fashion trends that will help you make those all-important choices?

There’s a definite move away from some of the more vibrant and colourful materials that we saw this summer. The subtle colours of the Scottish highlands are in.  Soft shades of heather and green, dark checks and tartans, and chunky coats and brogues are going to be the in-wear this autumn.  The less conspicuous style make it easier to combine your existing wardrobe with some new additions to update and complement a much-loved dress, for instance, achieve a new look for an old dress with the purchase of a pair of chunky ankle boots.

The wide range of dresses available for review on the Oasis website can give you lots of ideas for day wear and for that dress for a special occasion.  Skater styles are still popular for both dresses and skirts, and can look stunning in the new autumn materials, which include leather.

Very simply cut clinched-waisted dresses with a hemline just above the knee in dark browns and greys are in every shop window, with further focus on the waist in the form of the Peplum Effect. Expect to see far more natural and earthy tones to fabrics, with prints migrating from the tropical to countryside autumnal flowers, birds and woodland life. Oasis’ Heritage Scallop Trim Dress is a perfect example of this trend and will really pull together an autumn wardrobe.

Coats and jackets for the cooler times ahead are equally simple, often nipped in at the waist with a wide leather belt, and cowl necklines are popular.  Taking a hint from this summer’s swooping hemlines, some coats are generously draped, with wide lapels, and wonderfully wavy hems.  With the trend towards a palette of darker and softer colours this autumn, detail becomes especially important, and there are some scrumptious scarves to wear in the neck of a deeply V-necked coat or jacket, with fun prints of scarlet lips, or a splash of floral colours.  And crocheted snoods are making a comeback, ultra feminine and cosy for those cooler winds of winter.