Six must-have winter fashion items

May 18, 2016

I’m obsessed with the vest at the moment; it a perfect layering piece; off-the-shoulder jumpers and black ankle boots

Cowl neck knit dress $249, available online: www.avila.com.au Photo: Flaunter

With the nights getting darker earlier and the mornings getting cooler, it’s time to start looking at your winter wardrobe. I know it seems like winter is not coming, but best to be prepared. So, let’s begin:

Before you go shopping …

Before hitting the shops, look at what you currently own and work out what you want to keep and what you want to throw away.  I know this sounds way easier said than done … but this will achieve two things:

  1. Create cupboard space for the new items you are about to buy; and,
  2. You will notice the items that you don’t have.

My six key investment items for winter:

Hunter Fringe Crop Vest, Brave + True label. Photo credit: Flaunter
Hunter Fringe Crop Vest RRP$69.96 Brave + True label. Photo: Flaunter
  1. A vest

I’m obsessed with the vest at the moment; it a perfect layering piece.  Vests draw the eye down and provide the right amount of structure and flow.

Left: prepare for the bohemian resurgence coming your way with Brave + True’s Hunter Crop Vest RRP$69.95.

It features a super soft faux-suede with a cropped silhouette and front zip fringe detail. Wear it open or closed over long sleeved tees or cropped tops and crisp denim for an earthy ’70s-inspired vibe.

Available in Brisbane at The White Bungalow, Olive Home and Blake & Taylor. Click for more stockists.

 

 

2. Quality basics – skirts and pants

I would invest in some quality basics such as skirts and pants; overall the cost might be higher, but it will even out in the long run.

When buying skirts and pants, there are a number of things to look out for including:

  • The fit;
  • Quality of the material;
  • Items that you can launder yourself; and,
  • Most of all comfort.
Brave + True label cream jumper with tassels. Photo: Flaunter
Brave + True Rambler top RRP$79.95. Photo: Flaunter

3. Jumpers – off-shoulder this season

The off-the-shoulder summer trend continues to winter, with off-the-shoulder jumpers featuring stripes, luxurious creams and plain colours.

Right: from the Brave + True label –  the Rambler Top is a lightweight knit featuring a panel of tassel fringing across the front and wide, open arms. RRP$79.95 and available in Brisbane at The White Bungalow in Nundah, Olive Home in Newstead or Blake and Taylor in Paddington. Click for more stockists.

4. Jeans – a timeless article

My next essential would be a great fitting pair of jeans that you can mix and match with any shirt or jacket. And look out for a great blazer or jacket to pop over your jeans, dresses/shirts, and jumpers.

5. Shirts for the season

Grammar Flare Shirt and A-line layer dress. Photo: Flaunter
Grammar Flare Shirt RRP$240 and A-line layer dress. RRP$270. Photo: Flaunter

Any shirt from plain to stripes can be worn underneath and is a great look for both corporate and weekend.

When it comes to shirts and jumpers it always great to incorporate some on-trend pieces to update your wardrobe.

The stores are featuring a lot of 70s inspiration such as wide arm silhouettes, abstract patterns, burgundy and texture.

Pictured left: Grammar Flare Shirt RRP$240 and A-line layer dress RRP$270. Both items are currently available online at Grammar.

Bryony Camel boot by Windsor Smith. Photo: Flaunter.
Bryony Camel shoe RRP$179.95 by Windsor Smith. Photo: Flaunter.

6. Shoes – the finishing pieces

Once you have your outfit sorted, shoes are the finishing piece.

A black ankle boot will get a workout as they can be worn with stockings with skirts, dresses, pants and jeans.

If you’re after something different, partner some camel boots or shoes with a plain black shirt, or a jumper with gold accessories and jeans, and this is your go to weekend outfit sorted.

Right: Bryony Camel boot by Windsor Smith is available at Windsor Smith Queen street, Indooroopilly and Joondalup stores as well as online for $179.95.

Need more help?

Check out Bec’s personal styling pages at her link below. She can help you if you are struggling with your wardrobe.

Main photo: Cowl neck knit dress $249 available online at Avila. All photos courtesy of Flaunter.

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Bec Smith is a personal stylist who loves helping her clients find the right clothes to suit their shape and budget. A self-confessed shopaholic who loves colour, make up and accessories, Bec can most likely be found at her local shopping centre.

When she’s not styling she enjoys going to concerts, catching up with friends, going to the movies and travelling the world.

Bec once even went overseas to go to a concert of her favourite 90s boy band!