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Winter fashion trends

Wrap up warm against the winter chill with these inspired trends from our friends at Lyst.

The Individualist

The biggest trend of the season isn't an It-bag update or a single investment piece. Instead it's all about a new attitude. Freshly minted by Gucci's new Creative Director, Alessandro Michele, the individualist is intellectual, offbeat and a fan of knitted berets- a glamorous geek, if you will. Pleated lamé skirts, pussy-bow blouses, and Sloaney loafers are all part of the new wardrobe, but the key to keeping granny-chic staples relevant is all in the mix. Clash colours, add some vintage (for example, an Hermès scarf or Ferragamo flats) and remember, eccentricity is all about putting your own spin on things.

Image by Adam Katz Sinding - individualist Image by Adam Katz Sinding - individualist

Crop of the Pops

They've dominated for over a decade, but this season the death knell may have finally tolled for skinny jeans. The new trouser shape-for denim and beyond-is cropped to show the ankle, and flared to create a whole new silhouette. J Brand have nailed the jean version with their Selena cut, while you can find tailored versions of this shape at Theory and Proenza Schouler.

Image by Adam Katz Sinding - flares Image by Adam Katz Sinding - flares

Supersize Sleeves

Bell, bishop, trumpet or leg o' mutton-this season you need a whole new vocabulary to describe your sleeves. The only thing that really matters though, is that they're supersized. Elongating your arms and immediately updating your look. Zara is your first high street port of call, but if you're looking for the real deal, Stella McCartney and Ellery are the masters.

Image by Adam Katz Sinding - sleeves Image by Adam Katz Sinding - sleeves

Ankle Action

Whether it's the Acne Jensen or the Isabel Marant Patsha, every season sees It-boots inspiring cult-like devotion. This year's biggest trends offer flats and heel options. For an everyday update veer towards a softer point or go for fashion's new favorite square toe. Don't be afraid to jazz things up with color (burgundy, tobacco) or interesting texture (embossed snake or metallic leather). Topshop's Hex in leopard makes a statement, while Dior's are the gold standard.

Image by Adam Katz Sinding - boots Image by Adam Katz Sinding - boots

Up to the Maxi

This season's runaway trend isn't a catwalk novelty or an A-list-led update, but that doesn't mean it isn't already everywhere. The maxi coat has suddenly become a staple, with ankle-length outerwear taking over from last year's swings and duffles. Pair Warehouse's longline military style with sneakers and cropped jeans for a low-key minimalist look, or layer T by Alexander Wang's camel ankle-length with a biker, jeans and over the knee boots for a glossier vibe. Warm and chic, what's not to love?

Image by Adam Katz Sinding - maxi coat Image by Adam Katz Sinding - maxi coat

by Lyst's Editorial Director, Katherine Ormerod

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