Layering, monochrome among winter’s hot fashions


Photo by Sam Mott Layers and monocromatic outfits are in this winter.

Angel Zetino, Web & Social Media Editor

It is past time for Brookhaven College students, staff and faculty to leave behind their fall clothing. While western inspired looks are irresistible, identifying this year’s winter runway trends is easy.


Layering is a great way to be in style while also staying comfy. To layer clothing, create outfits with a soft, thin base layer for comfort and moisture absorption, a thick middle layer to trap heat, and maybe a windproof outer shell to keep the elements out. Turtleneck bodysuits and thermal leggings are great examples of base layers.

Speaking of those, turtlenecks are not going anywhere. Street-style fashion has made them a staple – try layering them under button-up shirts or a wrap-around jackets. For fun colors and patterns, you can’t go wrong with a statement turtleneck.

The model off duty look is a style many will be recreating this season, according to women’s fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar. This look can include a chunky turtleneck paired with a cropped red puffer jacket, and looks best with a uniquely detailed pair of pants and boots. This style has been seen on fashion models and sisters Bella and Alana Hadid. Monochromatic looks are also in, and have been seen on Kendall Jenner with denim jacket and jeans paired with statement booties.

Fashion fleece, meanwhile, has made a comeback. It is a great staple for any winter wardrobe. Marc Jacobs, Sandy Liang and Donni are some designers incorporating it in their winter lines. Fleece open or fully zipped to expose under an overcoat.

Fun accessories are a great way to give an old outfit a new look. Wool collars, Knit Dickey with cuffs are great additions to spice up a wardrobe bringing warmth and style to any simple outfit. 

As for footwear, combat boots are in this season, according to Cosmopolitan. Brands such as Dr. Martens are the shoe for every outfit.

Need a more retro look? Go with a square-toe or knee-length boot with a chunky heel. Victorian lace-up boots have also made a comeback on brands such as Calvin Klein and Raye. 


The monochromatic look is in for men, too, and can be acheived by wearing a matching color top and bottom or denim on denim, according to Vogue. Suit up with a meticulously tailored black suit with a skinny tie by Yves Saint Laurent or a baggy suit seen by Celine. 

Balmain, Gucci, Lacoste have brought back that ’50s inspired preppy look with oversized V-neck sweaters this season.

But knit sweaters are more fun when they have illustrations. Brands Casablanca, Loewe and Dior Homme have displayed their knits on the runway.

Leather is making a comeback this winter, too, with brands Alyx, Berluti and Dior Homme displaying full leather outfits in their winter fashion shows.

Oversized jackets and puffers from brands such as Balenciaga, Off-White and Fendi are great statement pieces when paired with a simple turtleneck and black trousers. The parka is a more subtle jacket that can be worn over a formal suit or dressed down with a more casual look, as shown by Berluti, Dunhill and Givenchy.

According to Vogue, patterns and colors are a great way to express yourself this winter. Pink, cheetah and acid inspired patterns have been seen all over fashion shows. On shirts, these can be paired well with acid patterns and an oversized puffer jacket in complimenting colors.

Following the trend of looser fitting clothes, drawstring pants can be dressed up with a blazer
or dressed down with a fleece button-up. Loose-fitting denim is also a trendy item this season as a piece of layering piece a tee or a hooded sweatshirt.