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Winter warm-up

Striking looks for the season

Photos by Donald Kennedy

Clothing that can transform into a variety of easy pieces. Floaty, slouchy and soft sweaters that feel great and work for every body type. Fabrics mixed with leather to create mixed-media fashions. Those are a few of the fashion trends for winter 2013-14 in Ulster County.

“There’s an emphasis on big, cozy sweaters, on cocooning,” says Julie Mazur, owner of Rambling Rose in New Paltz. “It’s about wrapping yourself up in warmth.”

And designers are mixing fabrics, such as cloth and leather, or knitted and quilted items, says Julie Safran, owner of Verde in New Paltz. “What people are doing with fabrics these days is amazing.”

That includes making clothes soft, and flattering.

“You can look good no matter what size you are,” says Daisy Bolle, owner of DIG boutique in Saugerties, who is enthusiastic about the high-end edgy shapes that fit and flatter all types of bodies. Better yet, “They’ve found a way to make clothes 10 times softer than they’ve ever been,” she says.

Faux fur is big this season, as well as military-inspired clothing, says Beth Patramale, owner of Next Boutique in Kingston. And, she says, there’s a lot of plaid to be had. “It’s not just for holidays anymore.”

 Brenda Gilhooly

Fashion contributors

Photographer, fashion editor: Donald Kennedy

Stylist: Laura Shoemaker

Hair and makeup artist: Patricia Luccardi

Digital technician: Garland Berenzy

Models: Helen and Patty, Images Model Management NYC

Fashions provided by:

89 Partition St., Saugerties; digtheshop.com


Rambling Rose Boutique
73 Main St., New Paltz; ramblingroseboutique.com


3 N. Front St., New Paltz; verdeathome.com


Handmade & More
6 N. Front St., New Paltz; handmadeandmore.com


Next Boutique
17 W Strand St., Kingston; nextboutique.com


Free People flag-patterned sweater | Woven, with heathered pattern on the back and a slightly oversized, slouchy fit; Verde, New Paltz

Free People pants | Polka dot velvet jeggings; DIG, Saugerties

Desigual coat | Patchwork brocade with vintage buttons; Rambling Rose, New Paltz

J Brand pants | French terry; DIG, Saugerties

Black boiled wool jacket | Meerwibli by Sarah Maria Visher

Polka-dot skirt | Meerwiibli by Sarah Maria Vischer

Aerosole shoes | DIG, Saugerties

Von & Vonnie “Transformer” dress | Red matte jersey dress, can be tied in many ways (strapless or over the shoulder); Rambling Rose, New Paltz

Tempo sweater | Rust and gray ombré; DIG, Saugerties

Bracelet | Verde, New Paltz

Citizens velvet jeggings | DIG, Saugerties

Free People dress | A romantic red plaid, 100 percent polyester; Next Boutique, Kingston

Sanctuary biker vest | Vegan leather with paisley lining; Next Boutique, Kingston

Earrings | Michael Michaud for Silver Seasons; Handmade & More; New Paltz

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