The rain beats against the window and the wind whistles through every chimney top. It’s cold, and you’re wondering and how you might get through this season without your waterproof puffer jacket from morning to night. That is, unfortunately the misconception most of us have when it comes to dressing up for winter. We fold away all our clothes and learn to get by winter with a few pairs of track pants and puffer jacket. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with that – after all comfort should always come first. But why compromise fashion for the season.
The great thing that with winter fashion is the option to layer. It mean we can play with pieces to mix and match texture, styles and colours.
The art of layering is simple. Start thin and finish thick. There are so many pieces you have in your wardrobe that you could layer and piece together. Linda’s outfit re uses some of her summer pieces and transforms her whole look into an outfit perfect for the cold.
Quality should be the focus when it comes to building your winter wardrobe. While in summer we can get away with the odd bad quality pieces, with winter, you’re after pieces that can withstand the test of time and wear itself gracefully. And of course the obvious that if you’re after clothes to keep you warm, the magic behind that all lies in the quality of the fabrication.
Ashley: For this top (similar here), I have opted for my camel turtleneck composed of a luxe cashmere and wool blend. The oversized fit of the turtleneck allows you to layer underneath without adding bulk. I decided to tuck the turtleneck into a black velvet skirt (similar here). The A line cut of the skirt accentuates slim thighs. My rule is as follows; if you’re wearing a loose fitting top, always pair it with something figure flattering so you don’t appear drowning in your clothes. To add more length, elevation, and shape to my legs I paired the look with knee high boots (similar here) of the same faux velvet texture. The colour combination of black and camel has remained timeless and utterly chic to pull off in the winter.
For the coat, a classic trench cut camel coat (similar here) was chosen. It’s a versatile piece that can be worn buttoned up if the air is a touch more breezier or I like to wear with the bottoms undone to show off what is underneath.
For accessories I chose a black beret not only with the functional purpose of keeping the head warm but evokes a little undone Parisienne chic. I wore my hair in loose curls to accentuate the textured foils I had done in my hair. Make sure after curling to texturise your hair with dry powder and tousle with fingers to achieve that undone style.
I completed the look with my Coach bag (similar here) made of a sturdy black saffiano leather. It’s pebbled surface is resilient against damage and the gold hardware adds definition and character to the bag. I love the compartments in the bag so not only does it look super sleek for an event out but it looks great slung over your shoulder on your way to work. The gold logo embossed onto the surface does not detract from the simple aesthetics of the bag itself.
Linda: To brighten my winter attire, I like to wear a colourful top (similar here). In this look I am wearing a clean white long sleeve that is super comfortable to wear underneath a coat. I also like to add a scarf (similar here) to keep the neck area warm. Even though it’s winter, I don’t let that deter me from wearing shorts (similar here).
The joy of NZ winters is that it’s never really too cold to get away with your last season pieces. To keep your legs warm I like to pair knee high boots (similar here) to the look. It adds a little edge and flatters the calves.
My coat (similar here) is made from a quality blend of wool and cashmere. It’s super warm without adding too much bulk. Honestly, anyone can get through harsh winter weather once they’re tucked under a warm coat. The coat length brings out a slimmer silhouette. It’s sleek and perfect either casually slung over an outfit or to achieve a more polished look, button it up and sling on a cute leather bag (similar here).