It’s 5 o clock and it’s dark. I can hear rain splattering against the window and there’s a bitterly cold draft sweeping the house. Winter is well and truly on its way and this year I’ve got to brave it without the luxury of unlimited heating (living in halls does have its advantages).

But unlike a lot of people, I actually love winter. It’s a chance to revive your favourite coat, dig out your trusty boots and layer, layer, layer. Back in September, London Fashion Week showcased some of the biggest trends for the coming season and it was clear that designers from all over the world had the same trends in mind. Here are my top trends for this coming Winter.

Fur

This year fur, rather controversially, dominated the catwalk at London Fashion Week. From Tom Ford’s use of vibrant purple fur to Roksanda Illincic’s garish patchwork look it was clear that it was one of, if not, the most dominating trend. However, I firmly believe faux fur is the way forward and Topshop unique showcased how good it can look with their ‘teddy bear fur’ jumpers. Faux fur is cheaper, easier to look after and best of all doesn’t harm any animals in the process.

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Shawl collar faux fur coat (Miss Selfridges, £120), Copper faux fur coat (River Island, £110), Graphic faux fur trim cardigan (Topshop, £65)

The Cape

The cape has made a big return to the fashion world this year appearing in both the Saint Laurent and Ralph Lauren AW14 collections. Christopher Bailey brought the blanket look to Burberry at LFW where model of the moment Cara Delevigne walked the runway. Whether you prefer a poncho style cape, a blanket style cape or a heavy duty coat style cape, each look will make a simple outfit instantly cooler. Pair it with skinny jeans and heels for a casual, laid back or smarten it up by wearing it with a fitted shirt and tailored shorts.

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Double breasted heritage cape (Topshop, £85), Burberry Prorsum Aw ’14 catwalk (Image credit: Getty Images)

Velvet

Velvet will forever be a favourite of mine and I think it’s the perfect material for adding an interesting texture to any outfit. Try pairing a dark velvet top with high – waisted mom jeans, creepers and a choker for that grungey goth vibe or mix it up with a velvet dress and heels for that perfect party outfit.

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Velvet dress, Pins & Needles crushes velvet crop (Urban Outfitters, £22), Velvet wrap front jumpsuit (Topshop, £42)

 

Royal Blue and Oxblood Red

I’m so excited that Royal Blue is in this season. Its vibrancy makes it stand out against the crowd and it goes perfectly with other jewel hues.

Oxblood Red, despite its slightly grotesque name is a rich earthly red colour is perfect for brightening up any dull day. Whether you choose to go all out in or decide to stick to accessorising with this colour, be sure that the rest of your outfit is simple so as not to draw too much attention away from your statement piece.

 

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Fur shawl (Topshop, £25), Stud strap sweetheart neckline bodycon dress (Rare at Topshop, £42)

 

 

 

 

by Hannah Rooke