The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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December 15, 2012

Sparkle and glitter are all the rage this winter

ENID, Okla. — The inevitable changing of seasons not only moves us from one year to the next, it also moves us from one section of our closets to the next.

The settling-in of frosty nights, northerly winds and billows of wood smoke accompanies those warm-weather clothes that allow for a refreshing change in fashion.

This season’s fashion trends easily integrate with last winter’s wardrobe. With a few new pieces to pair with the old ones, it will be easy for anyone to be on the zenith of this season’s popular looks.

One of the most imperative additions to this year’s winter wardrobe is sparkle.

“Everything has a lot of sparkle,” said Tyree Bullis, owner of POSH in Enid.

“Sparkles are in really big,” said Donita Waggoner, owner of The Steel Lily.

And there are many ways to get your sparkle on.

“Lots of shine, lots of sequins, lots of metallic threads,” said Mona Ward of For You! Boutique.

This year, sparkle is welcome anywhere, whether it be in a sweater, an otherwise plain shirt, a scarf and even pants.

“The hottest accents are sparkly everywhere,” Ward said.

However popular it may be, “all that glitters” may not always be what you’re looking for. There are other ways to glow this winter.

“Satin and silk-type dresses (are popular) for holiday parties,” Bullis said. “Gun metals and grays and blacks are a big thing, but we’re also seeing jewel tones.”

There are a wide variety of colors to choose from when selecting holiday party attire, and there also are a variety of looks. For the parties that may not warrant a trendy dress, there are options for dressy tops such as the “cold-shoulder” style, Bullis said.

Cold-shoulder tops are shirts that have cutout shoulders and can be dressed up or down for almost any occasion. Similarly, tops that are plain in the front and have cutouts or lace in the back also are very popular right now.

With all those cutouts in your shirt, you are going to want to bundle up in style before you leave the party and head out to meet Jack Frost. Along with your favorite winter coat, a scarf is essential, not only for warmth, but also for style.

This year, scarves are being made from lighter-weight materials and are an excellent way to incorporate that much-desired sparkle. A scarf actually can add whatever type of flair its wearer is in the mood for, whether it be sparkle or color or texture. There are even scarves adorned with ruffles, Waggoner said.

Sweaters are cozy and fashionable, and all types of sweaters are being seen this season. One of the most popular sweaters for this winter is the basic crew-neck sweater, Ward said.

Jeans are the standard go-to pant in the winter, but “types of jeans” is an ever-increasing catalog. This season has several types of jeans you may want to add to your collection.

One of the types of jeans rising in popularity is the waxed jean.

“It’s exactly what it sounds like,” Bullis said. “They are coated in wax; it gives them a shine.”

Skinny jeans, jeans that are form-fitting from waist to ankle, are very popular in the winter, but there are other types of pants that will provide a similar look.

“Leggings with long sweaters are still in,” said Waggoner. “Stretch pants in red, navy, khaki, teal — they’re a legging, and they look more like a pant.”

There also are fleece-lined leggings, Waggoner said. The fleece-lined leggings are much warmer and tend to be more flattering.

“We’re seeing a lot of colored jeans,” said Ward.

It is now acceptable to wear jeans in basically any color, and Ward said she has seen everything from Oklahoma State University orange to University of Oklahoma crimson to a more muted, subtle olive.

Prints also are popular this season, and that includes pants.

“Python and leopard print for everything,” Bullis said. “Crazy print patterns are popular.”

Waggoner said animal prints still are very popular, but other trendy designs are emerging, such as tribal designs.

No matter how cute you are sliding around your kitchen in your socks while wearing your waxed jeans and cold-shoulder top, eventually you are going to have to brave the outdoors, and that means outerwear.

As far as boots go, ankle and mid-calf reaching boots seem to be the most popular way to go this winter. Cowboy boots also are a big seller, said Waggoner.

And don’t forget to throw a pair of actual snow boots in the trunk of your car in case you have to make an unexpected trek through some unexpected snow.

As for coats and vests, faux fur trim is still a hot item, Ward said.

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