When it comes to winter trends, editorial stylist Solange Franklin believes now is the time to be daring. “You never know what your signature new look might become, so don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and transform into new looks!” shares exclusively with ESSENCE.
If you’re guilty of avoiding bright colors in the winter, Franklin claims to be colorful, “I love styling with bold colors, especially in the winter, and I encourage people to experiment with different trends,” he says.
If you haven’t started shopping for your winter wardrobe yet, let us guide you with our comprehensive list of everything you’ll need for freezing temperatures. For trendy fashion at affordable prices, recommend Marshalls and TJ Maxx. “You can find many pieces of designer brands to mix and match to create looks at incredible prices,” Franklin informs us.
From cashmere duvets and gloves to sweaters and winter dresses, we’ve got you covered. Franklin revealed all the essentials we need to survive the winter weather, including his denim-style piece.
With the holiday season in full swing, Franklin encourages everyone not only to shine, but also to experiment with color and texture in their holiday attire. “A great way to bring some fun to your holiday looks is to add vibrant colors and textures to everyday clothes and accessories!”
He continues: “Holiday parties call for those regal statement pieces like my favorite combination of a pair of heels and a sleek velvet dress because it brings the perfect amount of sensual and chic.”
While Franklin says you can never have too many sweaters in your winter wardrobe, he admits that having multiple style options is key. “Two trends that I am really excited about and that I see everywhere are high comfort looks and bright shirts!”
He adds: “The cropped jersey is a must-have this season because it’s so versatile. Pair it with a blazer for a reinvented look or wear it with baggy jeans for a more casual and cozy style. We totally agree that a cropped shirt can work whether you’re attending back-to-back zoom meetings, brunches with your best friends, or even walking back to the office.
Try these hand-picked options from your trusted designer: the Slouchy Waffle Sweater, the Abstract Print Turtleneck Sweater, or the Cutout Pullover.
HARLOW HOUSE Slouchy Waffle Sweater ($ 20)
CORDIALI JULES Juniors Abstract Print Turtleneck Sweater ($ 20)
CABLE AND GAUGE Cut-out turtleneck high cuff pullover ($ 20)
Franklin says knit dresses are always a yes in his book. “A knitted dress is a comfortable and functional item in my wardrobe for the autumn and winter months.”
When she designs a knit dress, she says to pair it with a pair of chunky boots. “They are everywhere this season and there are so many ways to wear them with knit dresses, whether you’re looking for a cooler or more sophisticated look.”
Try these handpicked options: Ombre Pleated Knit Dress, Mock Neck Knit Dress, or Color Block Button Knit Dress.
DALIA MACPHEE Plus Ombre Pleated Bottom Sweater Dress ($ 60)
H HALSTON Turtleneck Sweater Dress ($ 40)
TAYLOR Color Block Button Front Midi Sweater Dress ($ 30)
Whether you prefer trench coats, leather jackets or puffers, Franklin says Marshall’s has a wide selection for all tastes. However, if you want to be in trend, he recommends investing in a mixed coat, a leather jacket, a down jacket (try the version with cropped down jackets), a poncho or a quilted jacket, which can not only show your edgy side but also effortlessly complete an outfit.
She recommends mixing different textures and layers with a pearl cap for a luxurious touch, a cable scarf with that fringed effect, and cashmere gloves to keep your hands warm.
STEVE MADDEN Pearl cap ($ 13)
FRYING Cord fringed scarf ($ 29)
HANNAH ROSE3-in-1 Cashmere Gloves with Star Pattern ($ 30)
Boots are a must-have for any winter wardrobe, especially when it’s snowing. The designer’s current favorite boot style is the lug sole, which she says is everywhere this season. “There are so many different ways to shape them.”
He continues: “You can easily add a gritty and edgy touch to a classic knit dress!”
Try these hand-picked options: Lug Sole high-heeled ankle boots, Lug Sole combat boots or studded Chelsea boots.
CHARLES BY CHARLES DAVID High Heel Ankle Boots With Tank Sole ($ 60)
MY Tank Sole Combat Boots ($ 40)
NICOLE MILLER NEW YORK Chelsea boots with studs ($ 35)
So what are your winter fashion must-haves? No matter what they are, we’re sure you’ll find a huge range of fun and fabulous selections from Marshalls and TJ Maxx.