Trend Report: Winter 2012

Shot on location
Design Within Reach
Evanston, IL




It’s cold outside. No, it’s darn cold outside. Your bones are feeling a little achier. Your nose is getting a little redder, and your knees are clicking together as you shiver outside. It goes without saying that winter is a rough season for those living in places where the seasons persist, and more often than not, we fall into old habits when it comes to dressing for this doozie of a season. Throw on that trusty beanie, slip on those snow-stained boots, put on the thickest of coats, wrap your face in a scarf and brave the winter wonderland outside. But dressing for winter doesn’t have to be a drag. Why not look like a million bucks underneath your bundle of down and wool? Here in Chicago, we’ve yet to have our first showdown with Frosty the Snowman, but our Evanston staff came together like Voltron to don some of the trends we think will keep us fashion forward in the frigid months to come. Read on. All fashions from Crossroads in Evanston, IL.

Toss some flannel and plaid into the mix.
Who says it needs to come equipped with a collar? Flannel and plaid patterns work great as anchors to outfits, and that gives you free range to mix and match with other materials. Akilah dressed up to dress down by contrasting a flannel maxi skirt with a fully sequined top.


ON AKILAH: J.Crew Top Sz M $25, Cotton Candy Skirt Sz 9/10 $35, Frye boots Sz 10 $65, Rebecca Minkoff Bag $295, Necklace $12.50

Denim is your friend.
Even in the winter, you can always count on a good denim jacket to come in handy, as long as it’s properly layered and paired with the right bottom. Think bold for maximum effect. Liz opted for some bright velvet (another great winter trend) alongside her denim.

Liz-2ON LIZ: Levi’s Jacket Sz S $32.50, J.Crew Shirt Sz 6 $16.50, Ann Demeulemeester Skirt Sz 9/10 $30, Marc Jacobs Booties Sz 8 $125, Louis Vuitton Bag $325

Brocade is okay.
Bad jokes aside, brocade is back on the rise. Rachel utilized accent colors to complement the tonal brocade pattern of the skirt. The nature of the pattern and fabric really allows for a wide variety of options when pairing it with other prints and pieces. Go wild.

Rachel-4ON RACHEL: J. Crew jacket Sz 14 $95, Ya Sweater Sz L $32.50, J.Crew Skirt Sz 11/12 $15, Marc Jacobs Boots Sz 6.5 $195, Necklace $16.50, Tights $15

Military-inspired can give you an edge.
The great thing about military-inspired pieces is the instant attitude and strength it can give to an outfit. Whether it’s a striking pair of full lace-up boots, or a dash of camouflage print, the military-inspired look is fierce and versatile.

Arica-3ON ARICA: Forever 21 Vest Sz L $13.50, J.Crew Jacket Sz M $32.50, Alternative Apparel Top Sz M $6, Laundry Skirt Sz 3/4 $18.50, Marc Jacobs Boots Sz. 8 $125, Necklace $17.50, Bracelet $12.50

Less is more with menswear.
With the greaser style experiencing a revitalization among men, it’s becoming easier to pull together a well-refined look without too many bells and whistles. It’s all in the subtle details. Sometimes it’s as easy as cuffing your jeans to show off some bright socks or finding the right pair of shoes to complement a plain white tee.

Andrew-5ON ANDREW: Ci Sono Jacket Sz L $46.50, Obey Tee Sz S $9.50, Acne jeans Sz 30 $27.50, Dr. Martens Shoes Sz 10 $47.50, Scarf $15

Hail varsity.
The letterman jacket has always been a classic piece for men, but was too often plagued by bulky and unflattering cuts. Luckily, designers have caught on and now provide a wide variety of slim-cut options. From contrasting leather sleeves to embroidered logos, these jackets are fun, comfortable and great to layer with.

Nathan-6ON NATHAN: Stussy jacket Sz M $20, J.Crew Cardigan Sz L $30, J. Crew Cords Sz 30 $18.50, Vans Slip-Ons Sz 10 $18.50

The weather outside may be frightful, but you can still look delightful. Come down to your local Crossroads Trading Company for the latest in winter trends and much more.