I’ve lost my voice and been forced to rest up so it’s safe to say the cold weather has arrived in Australia. There’s only one thing about winter I love and that is outerwear, evident by the unreasonable number of jackets and coats in my wardrobe. The spectrum of diversity lies between my Navy ultra light down puffer jacket from Uniqlo for those unexpected cold days to the cute cape I seldom wear but had to buy. However, the items that get the most wear are uniquely suited to the Sydney climate where jackets are worn in the morning and at night with cardigans in between and layering galore. That’s a lot of pressure to place of an item of clothing so the key is to simplify.
THE CASUAL. Bombers, denim and bikers is the entirety of this category for me. If you have at least one classic of each, you’ll never be in want of a weekend situation that requires anything else. The best part is, the jacket does all the talking leaving you with more time to do important things like stay under the covers in that warm bed of yours. Classic white or black tops, jeans and ankle boots are all you need to make this outfit whole but the real key to choosing a good casual jacket for winter require the following rules
A) For winter is to go one size up. Cozy comfort and layering are your allies, make room for them.
B) Pick something you want to strut around the house in, paired only with awesome underwear were it not for the fact that the temperature makes you dread the brief period of cloth-less-ness involved in getting into the shower every day.
C) If in doubt, cut it out. Your wardrobe doesn’t need anything requiring convincing.
THE TRENCH. The trench coat is a beacon of diversity from the double breasted classic to the waterfall collar that has graced trend warfare. it’s transition from day to night can be as simple as wearing he jacket open with a loosely draped silk scarf and dewey make up to belting it at night for a more polished look. A wide patent belt for contrast or something with a little more detail can really add to the transition (this or this ?) . Darken up that lippy and add some statement earrings and gloves to make an impression on a cold night out.
THE COAT. Winter can temp you into black, navy, charcoal and beige, all tones I adore but coats are a great opportunity to add vibrancy to an outfit that transcends times of day. Mine usually gets paired with an oversized bag and chunky knit scarf for work, replaced at night with a choker and shoulder bag….but I’m not crazy. A faux fur stole and blingy brooch usually gets added to protect the vocal cords I’ll need to talk across a busy restaurant dinner table. I apologise in advance for the high volume of Max Mara but they do winter so well.
For more winter inspiration, check out Lyst.com.au