NYC Fashion Week 2014
Designer Jill Stuart debuted her Spring 2014 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. (Photo by Dan Lecca, IBTimes)

by Nicole Allen

With the weather still in the teens and no hope of the thermostats getting higher any time soon, winter wardrobes are starting to look dull and repetitive. Fortunately, the annual Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week wrapped up just last week, giving great ideas on how to revamp a winter wardrobe.

This year’s fashion week was all about leather. From DKNY’s short chic black leather flowing skirts to Jill Stuart’s sleek leather shirts, fashion week was filled with leather. So how can someone take the leather trend from the cat walk to the street?

Simple, pair leather clothing with a neutral dark color like maroon or navy. For those who are more daring and want to pull off Jill Stuart’s leather-on-leather look, make sure to use leathers consistently. For example, try a black leather-faced shirt with nylon stretch three-quarter sleeves and pair that with leather leggings. I suggest the ones from Calvin Klein. This way it is possible to wear the leather-on-leather look without overdoing it.

Designers also had a thing for plaid this fashion week. From Tommy Hilfiger’s laid-back button downs to Rebecca Minkoff’s plaid trench coats, designers had the pattern covering the runway. So how does one pull off plaid without looking like he or she is trying to be too country? I suggest going with a darker colored plaid, like the one Tommy Hilfiger himself was sporting at his fashion show. Pair a dark plaid button down with black pants or even leather leggings. Add a fitted leather jacket, blazer, or cardigan with some booties and the look will be chic instead of country.

Cross-body bags also swept the runway this fashion week. Designs from Ralph Lauren’s “fringe bag” to Tory Burch’s safari prints, the cross-body bags were a huge runway trend this season. The bags are simple to pull off. Whether it’s with jeans or a dress, the bags can be worn with anything.

This fashion week season there was only two ways to go with boots; above-the-knee or below-the-ankle. Designers like Nicole Miller and Diane Von Furstenberg nailed the trend. They paired over-the-knee boots with tights and short chic skirts, or ankle boots with short tight dresses. To work the trend, try pairing over-the-knee boots with leggings and either an extra-long cardigan and tee or an oversize comfy sweater. To rock the ankle boots trend, be simple and try pairing it with jeans or be daring like Nicole Miller and wear it with a dress.

Though it looks like warmer weather won’t be coming any time soon, at least our readers will be able to look stylish in these freezing temperatures.