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2014 fashion news: The statement pieces you have to buy

by Lareese Craig Published on 7 January 2014
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Gearing up your wardrobe for the year ahead has never been easier since we've edited all the staple style investments you need. From collarless coats to the fiercely feminine tea-length skirt, 2014 looks set to raise the bar. If your NY's resolution is to shop yourself stylish, get rid of the old and hang up the new, then here's what you need to be treating your closet to this season...

Who needs a personal shopper when the sofeminine fashion team have sorted all your must-have key pieces for 2014? Staying on top of what's hot is easy when you know how, which is why we've lined up the investment items you can't afford to live without.

If you're not sure what's in vogue for the season ahead then you're in the right place. These statement items will ensure you're photo-call ready at all times.

Better still, you don't have to break the bank to cultivate a fashionable closet, after all, money can't buy style. Instead you should think about versatility and wearability, that way you'll ensure you get more bang for your fashion buck.

There's never been such a mixed-bag of go-to garb on the market so you'll have no trouble finding a few key items to keep you a la mode. So here's the 2014 fashion news flash you've been waiting for and the key items you have to have!

The collarless coat

While 2013 was all about the neck, with funnel necks breaking fashion boundaries and turtle necks trending in just about every corner of the high street, this year welcomes the no-neck motto. Fendi, Chanel, Armani - all the biggest names in fashion are going collarless this season.

The collar-free coat is chicer-than-your-average coat. This outwear isn't exactly weather-practical but it looks so good and on that premise it counts as an investment item. Forget statement necklaces this is the only accessory you'll be needing come rain or shine (just maybe take an umbrella).

Tea-length skirt

This season you can also give yourself a little more leg room in a fiercely feminine tea-skirt.

Take the decadence of Downton Abbey and add delicate pleats in cute pastel hues and there you have it, a skirt with the 2014 stamp. Perfect for dressing up with a chic blockette heel or going low-key with last winter's knitwear, the tea-skirt makes for a great alternative to trousers and jeans however you choose to wear it. You could even pull off Converse or trainer pumps if you dare.

If this one-length thing is all too modest then try a mermaid cut for a flouncy finish instead. Team your ladylike garb with a white oversized shirt and ankle boots for a clean ensemble with a 21st century finish.

Pick of the pastels

The runway has never looked so awash with plush pastel hues and sugared almond tones which is why a delicate hue is just what every girl needs right now. From floor length maxis at Cavalli and peaches and cream at Jenny Packham, there's no greater way to ease your wardrobe into warmer climes than with a pastel palette.

This sleeve sweat from Topshop is suitably sweet. And the great thing about this colour? It lasts all spring! Evergreen fashion - check.

The hands-free bag

Who needs to carry a bag in their hand nowadays? You have hips right? This is how to hold your arm candy catwalk style. Tilt the hip, bung the bag under your arm or slightly lower by the wrist and prop up with attitude Karl Lagerfeld would be afraid of.

We're lusting after this crackle-effect leather clutch from Zara.

A glam ghetto garment

Like any investment it's not so much about buying with the trends as it is about how you wear your wardrobe. Rihanna's been the ring leader for glam ghetto garb since forever, so when it comes to scouring the best thrift stores for a unique style steal then keep Ri-Ri at the forefront of your mind.

From the street to the club, a glam ghetto garment will make sure you're dressed to impress come AM or PM. Our top pick? This simple leather shift dress, zero fuss with maximum drama. Team it with a jet-black mani and vampy plum pout for all-out impact.

Floral fever

Ever heard of a summer without flowers? No, neither have we, which is why getting your hands on a floral pattern is an absolute must for 2014. Whether you go eccentric with 3D posies or play it like a wallflower with barely-there blossoms, a floral print will keep your fashion sense fresh whatever's on-trend.

What style investments take your fancy for 2014? Tweet us @sofeminineUK

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