The weather is getting cooler, so what are the best tips for preparing for the real women’s Winter wardrobe?
If you haven’t already or they need an update, choose or purchase key quality, classic pieces you absolutely love and build upon them. You may need to spend a little more on these to get the quality and fit. Good key pieces include jackets, good pair of jeans, good pair of pants, skirt, dress and coats.
Last year I purchased a Lululemon puffer coat and I wore it nearly every day and love it, it has a hood so protected me from the rain during school runs especially on those days when I was carrying too much and couldn’t physically hold an umbrella. Other key pieces may be a quality suit in black or navy, a black or navy dress, a pair of Paige jeans. Look at Cue or European brands for key pieces.
Whilst I was in Europe last year I purchased a blue corduroy jacket which I absolutely love, its warm enough to wear in the Australian Winter and smart enough to wear to dress up jeans and pants or throw over a dress.
Pieces for a season:
Purchase items that are less expensive yet can be used for layering and daily wear. Think long sleeve tops, blouses, jumpers, cardigans, leggings, jeans, scarfs. I am talking about that bright wool seasonal sweater you might find in Country Road. Always buy 2 sizes smaller at Country Road to ensure fit. Portmans, Seed, Witchery also do great seasonal items.
Shoes: good quality boots, boots, boots. Invest in a pair of boots that are comfortable and you can wear with almost everything. If your budget can stretch choose Spanish or Italian made. I love Edward Meller for boots. In my wardrobe I have a pair of short black boots and a pair of taupe short boots I wear non stop in Winter. Also you can’t go wrong with a pair of white sneakers, they look great with jeans, leggings for that dressed down casual yet smart look.
Accessorise: Bags, jewellery, hats, scarfs. I use accessories as the cherry on top of the sundae. I am huge bag lover therefore change my bags according to the occasion. However at work I have one key bag for everyday and use smaller bags for occasion/evening if I go out. I love a good cross body smaller hand-bag, makes a gorgeous statement yet keeps you hands free.
Whilst I was in Europe, I was wandering through a beautiful Parisian department store and this lovely salesgirl did a huge sell job on me with a navy cashmere headband. Im not talking about a thin plastic thing but a beautiful woven headpiece which keeps your ears warm in Winter yet your hair can be free. It is so beautiful, I just love it and lets face it shopping is mostly about the experience so when she took the time to show me how to wear it, how on earth could I say no to it!
Also don’t afraid to be bold and different with your fashion, I say use your key, classic pieces as a base and then layer up from there, add the colourful jumper or scarf and the cherry on top may be those beautiful statement ear-rings, a colourful handbag or some patterned tights underneath.
Everyday classic look I love: team up a good pair of jeans and boots with a navy and white striped top and cover with a key pieces jacket or coat and finish with a bright red cross body bag for interest…voila!