Winter 2011-2012 Fashion College Trend Forecast

As winter slowly approaches, fashion school students and fashionistas study up on new, creative ideas for the upcoming season's fashion trends. Luckily for all of the concerned parties above, some trends on the forecast are bold, layered and more expressive than ever. If you're somebody who's interested in attending fashion design college, or you just love to spruce up your wardrobe every season, then read on for some especially sizzling fashion tips to keep your spirit warm this winter.

1. One great coat. A thick warm coat is a necessity as the temperature cools down and it begins to rain, hail and snow. If you want to go out and about in this weather, you must dress in layers to keep your body warm! This season, fashion school students can really make a statement with thick, knitted coats in bright, bold hues. For an urban-chic style, try a well-tailored trench or pea coat in a smart tweed. For a more bohemian look, try an oversized, wool wraparound sweater or poncho. To achieve a preppy but cute look, try a long toggle-coat.

2. Stay warm in a One-Piece. This winter, the fruitful, funky decade of the 1970's continues to influence fashion trends. Full-body jumpers, or "one-pieces" as we like to call them are taking the fashion world by storm, and they are definitely a must-have for some subtle elegance in winter. Depending on your body type, you can try a long-sleeved or sleeveless one-piece, or a scoop neck for a sexier, evening look. If you want to continue to experiment with different cuts and the way they flatter the figure, try a wide-legged bodysuit, a harem pant or a tighter, skinny-cut. Also, for a versatile style, try experimenting with different fabrics, such as silk, satin or even leather!

3. Mixing bold prints and patterns. It's never been cooler to be brave and memorable with print and color choices. Though any fashion-conscious creature fears clashing colors, the fall and winter catwalks have made it clear that one should not fear the idea of kicking their style up a notch this season. Try mixing a colored-jean with a prison-striped t-shirt. Color-blocking, (or combining the use of two or more solid blocks of color in one garment or ensemble) is also a super-hot look right now.

Remember, just because the weather outside is frightful and dreary doesn't mean your winter wardrobe has to be!