Though January 1 may feel like the beginning of a new chapter, many of the winter fashion trends that were popular in late 2012 will still be hot come the new year. Remember that the fashion world operates on its own schedule, so spring trends won't start showing up for another few weeks. Until then, it may be wise for you and your staff to review some of the hottest clothing fads we've seen this season.
For professional women
If you deal in business attire, then there are many trends for working women that you should keep your eye on. According to Glamour, the casual tailored blazer is quite popular – it's perfect for offices that have relaxed but still professional dress codes. Typically, these are tailored to accentuate a woman's waistline and shoulders. The trend this season is blazers in bright, bold colors like magenta or lemon.
Some ladies may choose to pair the blazer with another popular professional trend – the pencil skirt. According to the news source, pencil skirts can "accentuate curves" without "clinging or adding bulk." This season, the classic pencil skirt has been jazzed up with the color blocking trend – the top half of the garment might be a different color than the bottom.
The casual look
Retailers who offer casual clothing have a lot of styles to choose from, and many will look good on any mannequins for sale that you've purchased this season. The "boyfriend cardigan," named because it may look like it's been borrowed from a male significant other, is actually designed to flatter many female body shapes. It can be paired with a pair of cigarette-leg jeans – ultra-skinny cuts are still on trend for denim this year.
All about accessories
Of course, winter clothing trends are always big on accessories, and the 2012-2013 season is no different. According to the Guardian, silk scarves are in this year. Many women are wearing them "cowboy style," meaning that it's tied to leave a point in the front.
Hair accessories are also popular this year, including headbands and tiaras. You can display these in your store on simple hair mannequins, or line them up on wall racks where you'd normally display sunglasses during the summer.
Shoes are of course big sellers throughout the year, but this winter, white may be the most popular hue. According to the news source, many big names in the fashion industry, including Marion Cotillard and Carine Roitfeld, were seen donning trendy white heels.