Local stylist picks most popular fashion items for the holidays
Imagine yourself as a style-conscious 20- or 30-something (if you aren’t one already, of course) who prides yourself on being well-dressed. Then imagine that, under the tree on Christmas this week, you find a slew of the most popular fashions, just for you.
Were you to put them on all at once (just for fun — not that we would actually recommend it), you’d resemble our married models, Carrie and Ryan Sosnowski of German Village. For a rundown of the items — picked for The Dispatch by Joe Wittneben, personal-stylist manager for Nordstrom at Easton Town Center.
As fashion trends go, a big one for winter relies on “the idea of cozy chic” — a concept that extends beyond clothing, according to Wittneben. Tech accessories, for example, might be viewed “ like a handbag or a pair of shoes,” he said. Here is a closer look at items he identified as the most popular of the season:
P.J. Salvage ($68)
An oversize fleece cardigan with toggle closures and a hood showcases the popular pattern — not just for lumberjacks anymore.
Phase 3 ($19)
The fingerless gloves keep hands warm and thumbs free. They’re enough to make a texter rejoice (and maybe send an emoji expressing gratitude).
Slouchy, colorful sweater
With or without a white Christmas this year, a colorful sweater makes for a nice — and bright — surprise.
Jewelry isn’t the only way to add glitz to an outfit. A shiny pair of headphones turns up the volume — and style.
Rebecca Minkoff ($150)
The slender purse frees the hands for wintry activities, such as sipping hot cocoa or (more likely) shoveling snow.
Kate Spade ($35)
Who says tech accessories make dull gifts? Playful-looking cellphone cases protect the prized gadgets and look chic.
As versatile as “pants” get, leggings pull triple duty — at the gym, at the office and out on the town.
UGG Australia ($205)
If this winter proves as formidable as last year’s, the lining will surely come in handy. Ah, toasty feet.
The North Face ($20)
Is anything more classic (and practical) than a knit hat that covers the ears? Micro-fleece lines the itch-free beanie.
Polo Ralph Lauren ($60)
A touch of fringe adds texture to a wardrobe; a scarf overall helps protect him from the elements.
Tinted lenses pump up the funk on the popular Clubmaster-style shades. (Reflections aren’t included.)
The hoodie endures. A jersey-cotton version is lightweight enough for spring and suitable for layering during winter.
Quilted down jacket
Faster than you can say polar vortex, a down jacket reliably fends off Mother Nature when big-time cold hits.
“Joggers” — tapered pants with a dropped crotch — are making big waves (likely to grow only larger in 2015).
Happy Socks ($12)
Shoes don’t get to have all the fun. Bright, patterned socks add pizazz — and make male ankles interesting.
Gym shoes, more stylish and versatile than before, work well with everything from jeans and joggers to — yes — suits.
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