Instead of competing for dominance over winter wear, textiles have sought an amicable route this 2014 winter season — sharing the spotlight.
Although warm woolen fibers play a major role in the categorization of wintery essentials, this season they find themselves thoughtfully blended with contrasting cloths and other natural fibers. With flares of leather and fur, as well as their artificially derived counterparts, these intricate blends are a deliberate mixture of fashion and function.
Taking a look into perhaps the most necessary pieces of winter attire — jackets and coats — it becomes quickly evident that the blends are at once comfortably familiar, yet innovatively fashionable. Traditional cuts such as bombers, blazers and car coats are transformed as they take on a patchwork of textures. With the addition of leather sleeves, such as these pieces from Debenhams’ and H&M’s collections, jackets are given a slight modern sleekness — a contrast in texture that elevates these traditional staples.
But it’s not just the fibers and textiles that are creating textures. A popular theme on the runways this season are the intricate embellishments that bring another dimension to the concept of textures. Coats, such as these from Primark and River Island, use ribbing, metal hardware and even quilting to add something unique to the pieces.
Keeping your core warm with woolen knits, while maintaining your edgy look, these winter 2014 coats are an absolute must.