January Must Haves

January 14, 2010

Daily Digest

January Must Haves

By Siobhan Lam

This is always a tricky time of year for fashion. After a month of spending on others we’re more than eager to spend on ourselves but most shops are in sale mode. Do we really want to buy last season’s styles which may only be relevant for a couple more weeks? Having said that, most shops don’t even have their Spring Collection in yet and even then – is this really the weather to be frolicking the streets in flimsy spring wear?

After many caffeine-fuelled scouting trips and sleepless nights aplenty, the solution made itself clear. In order to dress appropriately for this time of year we can combine winter’s warm wardrobe with a few key new pieces from the new Spring trends, I’ve picked two of the strongest trends to get us started. The chosen catwalk trends are not unfamiliar – lace and trench coats.

Trench Coat

Granted Mr. Bailey always includes ‘the trench’ in his Burberry Prosum Collection – it would be almost blasphemous not to – but other designers included it in their designs too, making it a key piece for any self -respecting fashionista this season.

Dior kept its trench short and sexy as did upcoming designer Erin Fetherston, whereas Burberry infused the classic coat with gathered shoulders and cool pastel shades.

If Bailey’s amalgamation has your heart all a flutter, Awear has a sweet parka alternative in store now. The sugary pink of the frill funnel parka (€60) is completely on trend and the frills add a gorgeous element of femininity to a coat usually associated with men.

For a more ironic nod to this look, check out the Oasis Trench Coat Trompe L’Oeil Print Tee (see above centre). This fun oversized t-shirt (€46) works fantastically with skinny jeans, ankle boots and a heavy boyfriend cardigan or long waistcoat – and voila! you have an outrageously up-to-date uniform for any discerning style queen.


Lace is another trend that does not want to go away. Of course this is not necessarily a negative thing. When a trend creeps from one season to the next, it means that we continue to wear clothes that we bought the previous season. At this time of the year we can take advantage of the sales and buy the lace leftovers and wear them well into next winter.

Not one to deviate from its classic Parisian look, Chanel featured lace heavily in its S/S 2010 collection. As did British designer Christopher Kane who mixed lace effectively with gingham dresses while vegan extraordinaire Stella McCartney introduced the fabric with her lace bodysuits – expertly demonstrated by the ever chic Alexa Chung in V Magazine (above).

One of my favourites, Modcloth.com, has some stunning lace pieces in stock and with the dollar’s lacklustre performance at the moment means that it’s a good time to buy from America. The Strangers on a Train Dress with its floral lace overlay is just as adorable as its whimsical name suggests and works out at a very reasonable €47.15.

For those of you who prefer to keep your purchases closer to home, Urban Outfitters have a stunning lace tier skirt by Kimchi & Blue (€59) in store. The skirt is the perfect tone of cream, ticking another trend for this season – neutral shades.

It may be slightly more wearable than the dress – wear it with your favourite band tee and biker boots or embrace the romantic trend totally and wear with classic mary-janes and a Yumi knitted cardigan from Topshop.
Or better still; wear your lace peeping out from the bottom of your new trench – the perfect outfit for a very fashionable new year!

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