So thrilled to have Project Runway alum Althea Harper talking winter tips and trends on I Heart Heels today! Call me fan girl, but I've always loved Althea's work, and love the way she defies fashion "trends" with her own cutting-edge style. So without further ado, here are a few of her tips!
**Forget ancient fashion rules. It’s okay to wear white in the winter. In fact, this season head-to-toe white is on trend. However, if you're planning to take on this daring style advice, make sure that your white clothing is clean with no spots and wrinkle-free. I like to use the Pro Iron Steam Station from Rowenta because it has the steam capabilities for a delicate white silk gown and precision ironing for pleated trousers. If you don’t feel 100-percent comfortable in all white, opt for a champagne color.
**Mixing textures is a winter alternative to the summer/fall mixing of patterns. A beautiful and classic mix is leather and lace, but you can get a little more creative and mix feathers and knits! Or jacquard and tweed!
**The 50’s have made its way back into fashion and the most flattering silhouette is the nipped in waist with the large circle skirt. A way to make this look work for a holiday party without purchasing a new dress is to pair a full skirt with a bold-colored silk top. Add some gold chunky bracelets to keep the look modern and fun.
**Peplum is still popular this season. You can find it on skirts, tops, dresses and even high-waist pants. It gives a dramatic flare to a regular LBD. You can give a holiday look a little extra flare by finding a brocade peplum dress. The fabric not only gives the dress a very luxurious look but the medium weight fabric allows for a voluminous, beautiful peplum. Upkeep of this fabric is surprisingly easy with a Rowenta Steamforce iron. It allows you to iron out any wrinkles and then flounce out the peplum with a strong burst of steam.
**In a rush and want to look fashionable for a holiday party? A good ‘go-to’ item is an oversized blouse or tunic paired with comfortable black leggings and a pair of black pumps. In fact, sophisticated sportswear, such as great leggings and turtlenecks, can stand-alone or be worn as layering pieces.
**Don’t limit yourself to grays and blacks during the winter months. Bold colors are a trend this season, which can add a pop of color. If you're not ready to give up your winter neutrals, opt for brightly-colored accessories.
[Photos Courtesy Althea Harper]