As the cold and snow of winter descends on the countries of the northern hemisphere, minds still turn to holidays and a winter sunshine break is still possible, even in the depths of the coldest period of the year.
If you want to look fabulous on holiday this winter it will all depend on where you decide to stay. If you catch the weather just right, the ski resorts in the French and Swiss Alps can still offer you a glorious sunshine break. The ideal location, however, is a winter trip to the Canary Islands or the North African coast. At this time of year the sun still shines and the temperatures are relatively warm.
Wintering on the slopes
On the slopes fashion is pretty much utilitarian - puffer jackets, padded trousers and lovely matching accessories. Hats and gloves are a must to keep out the winter cold so save your diva look until the whoosh, whoosh of the slopes is over. Fashionistas are predicting bland colours this season, such as grey, taupe and winter white, but enhanced with splashes of reds and purples echoed in bold accessories.
The sophisticated, classic look featuring heavy tweed fabrics and felt hats is set to make a come back. The Hollywood darling and 30ís adventurer are the looks many fashion commentators are predicting this seasonís winter holidaymaker will adopting. Hats are said to be back too, with the fedora, trilby and panama likely to be seen in bars and clubs around the ski villages and holiday chalets.
Booking a winter sunshine break
Those choosing to take a a mini break
in warmer climes can also look to the style and grace of the glamorous Hollywood eras. Light, knee length, loose fitting fabrics are the order of the day according to the major fashion house exhibitions this autumn and winter. Grey, charcoal, steel or off white are all popular tones in collections this year, many again accented with bold hints of colour.
Even beachwear is predicted to follow the muted tones theme, with pale swimsuits, bikinis and sarongs decorated with a hint of bright splashes. Lying on the beach is to be a subtle, sophisticated exercise this winter and those wandering the souks and market places of Marrakech should be similarly attired with light fabrics and plain patterns.