Avoid looking frumpy this winter by investing in these key winter fashion essentials and following a few simple rules. From warm underclothing to limiting the bulk to a quality, classic coat to suit every outfit, winter just got a whole lot hotter!
Winter doesn’t have to mean a million bulky layers, puffy jackets and frostbitten hands. By following a few key fashion rules, you can glow all winter long and look stylish no matter how cold it is outside. Fill the wardrobe with these key winter pieces to keep you feeling cosy and looking cool throughout the chilly season.
A quality coat
If you make one fashion investment this winter, make it a classic coat. Those who live in the southern states will know that buying a decent, durable jacket is money well spent. Choose one key coat that not only matches plenty of your outfits but also offers plenty of warmth and protection from the cold. A neutral colour such as grey, black or camel is your best bet. Ensure the sleeves meet your wrists and the jacket skims your figure without adding too much bulk or changing your shape. Ideally, you want to be able to have enough room to wear knitted jumpers or cardigans underneath, while still ensuring it’s fitted to your body. A classic style will ensure you’ll still love the investment piece come next winter.
A pair of quality boots is a winter fashion essential. Go for a balance of looks and practicality — quality leather boots generally fit the bill. If opting for suede, ensure you give the boots several coats of waterproof protectant spray before wearing outside. Whether going for ankle-length or knee-high, heels or flats, ensure that you feel comfortable enough to walk around in them for long periods of time so you can wear them both day and night. Make sure you test the fit with some thermal socks before you buy.
Every winter wardrobe deserves at least one pair of flattering jeans that make you feel great. Make sure you do your research before buying and try on a bunch of different styles and cuts in different stores before you make your final choice. Darker colours are slimming and tend to match most blouses and jumpers, while higher-waist options tend to feel more comfortable if you’re running around after the kids all day.
Knitwear is one key part of your wardrobe where quality really counts. Cheaper options often lose their shape and can pill quickly. A plain white jumper and a black cardigan are two wardrobe staples that will be useful all year ’round. Cardigans give you the option of layering between the seasons, and can be dressed up or down, depending on your outfit. Make sure you take special care of knitwear and handwash all pieces, as well as fold them flat rather than hanging them so they keep their shape.
For those of you who are living in particularly cold areas like Tasmania, Sydney or Melbourne a few thermal singlets will make your life far easier come winter! A thin thermal will help minimise the number of layers you need to stay cosy, meaning less bulk to your overall outfit. Buy a few singlets in white, black and nude so you’re covered no matter what outfit you choose to wear.