It’s no surprise that the fall and winter seasons in Houston aren’t as they should be. You walk outside at 8 a.m. and the sun is beating down on you. Inherently, you’re ready to wear a tank top and Nike shorts for the day. This winter, though, is said to be a little different. Due to natural disasters, temperatures are expected to drop lower than normal. Houstonians know very well that cold weather is always delayed, so until it comes, here is a conceptual journal I put together on fall and winter trends ready to wear around Houston.
This trend has to be the trickiest and therefore, the most untouched. Animal prints are normally worn to add some “oomph” to the ‘fit. Whether it’s leopard, snakeskin or zebra print, wearing it will definitely leave you reeking of boldness and spontaneity. Choosing a piece for your look this winter couldn’t be easier as the prints will soon be leaving the runway and entering local stores.
Wearing the color orange out in public used to be absurd. In a way, it is the most radical color around. Orange was first seen in the ‘80s, where bright and vivid colors were slapped on everything from leggings to pantsuits. Now, it’s a color used to highlight darker skin tones, as seen in the “Melanin Poppin’” Twitter trend. Throw on a long orange scarf, or orange anything really, on top of an even-toned outfit to bring out its unconventional nature. And when people glare at your loud choice of dress, you have the liberty of looking them in the eyes and saying, “Haven’t you heard? Orange is the new black.”
This fashion trend came and went in the ‘90s. Quite frankly, it has always held a special place in my heart. There’s always this sort of affinity for the things we cannot have, in this case, leather pants in Texas. But thanks to Mother Nature’s mercy, leather pants could be rocked all around the H this winter. Pair it with classy pieces, like a sheer shirt or a turtleneck, so that the rebellious bottoms reach their full potential. Pro tip: if you would like to decrease your environmental footprint and save more money simultaneously, invest in some nice pleather pants.
Yes, yes, I know, “It doesn’t get cold in Houston.” But is wearing gloves just to make a statement really harming anyone? Gloves came about in the 1700s as a way to preserve modesty when womenswear transitioned from long sleeves to shorter sleeves. As a quick run-down, long gloves go best with short sleeves, and short gloves go best with long sleeves. These finger socks can be restricting so they’re kept in the occasionally worn category of practical fashion. Since it is such a subtle touch, stylish gloves won’t be out in stores as soon as the other trends. Luckily, Houston thrift stores Pavement and Leopard Lounge are selling a variety of gloves like the ones seen above starting at just $5.
Thigh-high boots and booties have held their reputation as the must have shoe on the winter collection for years, causing many to forget about the iconic mid-calf. Inspired by ‘60s gogo boots, calf-high boots made their comeback this year. Slip them on over leggings or a dress, mid-calf boots are versatile in design and can be worn with whatever article of clothing they’re paired with. Depending on your agenda for the day and the weather, you can wear a piece of each of these looks and make a statement wherever you go. Serve boldly this winter season, coogs.