Annie Heyward Styling
St. Louis MO
Annie Heywood is a professional wardrobe stylist and personal shopper. She works with clients one-on-one and provides a customized style consultation including (but not limited to) a closet edit and clean-out, personal shopping, style tips and a personalized Look Book. At AChicCritique, Annie Heywood’s goal is to equip her clients with the tools and resources needed to look and feel confident, put together and polished in their everyday life, for work and for the weekend. Annie Heywood is your personal style guide and guru, providing suggestions on what shapes, silhouettes, styles and colors work best for your figure, budget and lifestyle.
Every year women are inundated with trends, however Annie believes that some of those trends are meant to remain on the runway. Yet there are some outstanding trends that emerge and eventually earn their place as hallmarks in the fashion world. Annie Heywood says it is safe to say that in 2014, several trends have graduated from novice and have become classics that will be around for years to come. Those trends with staying power are leather, utility clothing, faux fur, animal prints and classic pumps.
Leather pieces have been dominant in every fall/winter runway collection, but they continue to be timeless staples. This season is no exception, as leather jackets, skirts, pants and dresses continue to populate department stores and boutiques. While authentic leather is an investment, there are always less expensive, animal-friendly options such as vegan leather or man-made leatherette. Having a few leather pieces in your closet will give your wardrobe longevity, as these styles will continue to remain both current and classic. Leather always looks chic and sophisticated.
Utility Jacket or Vest
If leather is your splurge piece, a canvas or twill cotton utility jacket is a practical piece that earns its name for a reason. Although these pieces are the perfect casual companions, you will never run out of ways to style them. They are the perfect transition pieces – wear with a light scarf when the weather starts to cool down in the fall or pair over a sundress in the spring with sandals for a little extra coverage from the breeze. In olive green or khaki, these comfortable, easy pieces will be stylish year after year.
Fur is a trend that appeared on runways a few years ago, and it has proven to the fashion world that it is here to stay. Designers have created gorgeous, authentic as well as imitation fur, and whatever your choice du jour, it will undoubtedly be a stylish one. A faux fur vest or fur stole is the perfect complement to any fall/winter wardrobe, as they provide warmth while also adding a luxurious, elegant edge to your ensemble.
Leopard and Animal Prints (Crocodile, Snakeskin, etc.)
Designers once again chose to utilize animal prints in 2014, and it is likely this will continue to be featured year after year. Prints come and go, but animal print has become a classic. If you find prints daunting, start with a small accessory – perhaps a calfskin leopard wedge or a cheetah cashmere scarf. You will add instant polish and sophistication to any outfit, and it is a rare trend that works for every age.
Every woman needs a classic pair of black pumps in her wardrobe, and if you are style-savvy, you will augment a black pair with nude or perhaps even animal print. Look for a low (2-3 inches) pump or kitten heel, which automatically makes you office-appropriate, but will transition easily into evening wear. A closed, pointy-toe always looks feminine and refined, and by keeping the color of the pump neutral, you can easily pair it with jeans for a more casual weekend look, or dresses for a formal event. Versatile and fitting for any and every season, the pump is a closet mainstay.
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