Get creative

PUBLISHED : Friday, 24 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 24 September, 2010, 12:00am

Autumn is the best time to shop for key pieces that will add creativity to your look through the winter period.

There's a diverse range of accessories that will change your winter outfit from drab to glam, whether you favour preppy chic, vintage looks, classic minimalism or military and utilitarian looks.

Colours in vogue this season include military green and black, while shades of caramel, warm chocolate and beige are making a comeback. 'A lot of pieces for the winter are influenced heavily by the 1940s and 1950s. They have a vintage feel,' says Catherine Martsch, proprietor of LoveIt, a women's boutique that stocks clothes from up to 21 designers, mainly from Europe.

Though looks are softer this year with more feminine edges and longer hemlines, styles have also retained their graphic and linear themes with clean cut lines. Federico Tan, head of marketing at Diesel Pacific, recommends women invest in a vibrant-coloured knit that can be used as a substitute for a winter coat. 'Customers will see a multitude of offerings for colours, fabrics and textures. The key is contrast, mixing delicate materials with heavier textures like a military inspired parka over a jersey jumpsuit, or a colourful chunky scarf over a grey outfit.'

Thin studded leather or colourful belts can add flair to dull outfits, while a hat can express your creativity. For parties, experiment with statement hair accessories or chunky jewellery. Many brands have pieces in animal prints. Glam up an outfit by carrying an animal print clutch. Bright bags in one of this season's hottest colours - red - are another option.

Key pieces in the male wardrobe are proving to be timeless with easy to match colours and rich fabrics. Jim Wilson, Byford's creative director, says men should use a thick scarf to jazz up their style.