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The latest fashion styles

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The latest fashion styles for the 2006 winter season
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From the streets of Soho to the boutiques of Madison Avenue, fashionistas are wearing the latest fashion styles all over town this season. Are you an uptown girl with downtown sensibilities? Try on a tattoo-inspired shirt for size without the pain of a real tattoo. Comfort is key; wear the softest spa robes you can find and luxuriate in high-tread count Italian designer sheets on your bed and thirsty towels. It is all about touch and texture in luxurious loungewear this season. People want to be comfortable at home and buying loungewear of soft-spun cotton and micro-terry provides a comfy look for creating your own spa experience at home.

Speaking of rich fabrics, plaid, herringbone, and tweed are back with a vengeance. These preppy textiles are not stogy because they are cut in fresh, curve-hugging silhouettes. They look professional yet subtly sexy. Teen queen Marie Antoinette is taking the fashion world by storm. Elizabethan-inspired outfits adorned with ruffles, lace and bows (minus the pompadour hairdo) pay homage to the royal stylephile who had a style all her own. Here are the latest fashion styles keep you toasty and while looking hot this holiday season.

Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve

Want a tattoo but can't stand the idea of pain? Wear one of the bevy of tattoo-inspired casual wear this season. From shirts to jackets to sweats to boots, a new crop of clothes is popping up in tattooed prints once only seen on motorcycle men. Whether adorned with hearts, angel wings or cherry motifs, these tattoo outfits will make you look stylish without the commitment of permanent ink.

Spa Indulgences at Home

Now that winter is coming, it's time to pamper yourself with some cozy loungewear. Wearing a spa robe and giving yourself a mani/pedi is like having a spa treat at home. It's luxurious and comfy. Choose one that is lightly brushed for softness and plush like your favorite Frette bath sheet. An oversized shawl collar keeps you toasty. Choose cotton or brushed fleece so it is machine washable so you can just toss it in the washing machine if you happen to spill your hot chocolate on it while you indulge in a spa day. Pair your robe with some oversized slipper socks in cozy chenille for a toasty sweet spa treat.

Mad About Plaid

Preppy outfits in plaid, tweed and herringbone are the latest fashion craze this winter. If this reminds you of your stuffy college professor's tweed blazers with leather elbow patches, check out the fabulous new menswear-inspired blazers and vests that are popping up everywhere. Plaid is serious enough for the office with a figure flattering cut for a more feminine look. Plaid, tweed and herringbone are seriously in style this season. Wear a great pair of herringbone pants, a Chanel suit in tweed, or a plaid coat. These traditional fashion-forward yet classic fabrics are perfect for staying warm while looking cool.

Fashion Fit for a Queen

Sofia Coppola's new film Marie Antoinette is a tribute to the style queen best known for saying "Let them eat cake." Coppola sets the scene to an 80's soundtrack which is quite apropos given the current 80's revival in fashion and music. Also, the conspicuous consumption of the 80's runs parallel to the oppressive opulence of the French Revolution period. Designers are reinterpreting the latest fashion styles in tulle, organza, taffeta and lavish lace. Manolo Blahnik even created a line of shoes inspired by the era and costumed the feet of the actors in the film. The style is all about feminine opulence. Ruffles, bows, lace, and tulle create billowy outfits fit for a queen.

Check out these hot French opulence-inspired ensembles to pamper your inner princess. This Isaac Mizrahi ruffled blouse features billowy ruffles that frame your face like an Elizabethan collar. Wear the latest fashion styles with a sparkly tiara as you hold court with your royal entourage and all eyes will be on you.

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