I am melting. This statement is a few degrees short of switching from figurative to literal so when I went to seek refuge in the air conditioned beverage laden oasis that is the shopping mall, I was shocked to witness winter clothes being brought in as far as the eye can see. My conclusions can be one of these two options:
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.
Winter is a cheap date. It’s sunday and there are very few things required to achieve total luxury in my eyes. Four to be exact if we don’t count the place where we spend a large portion of our lives. The staring point should always be bed. There is just no place like it and the older I get, the more I love it. Fresh sheets is all it takes to rekindle the love affair with my own bed should I sway after a particularly comfy hotel stay. With such a good foundation, everything else is just cherry on the cake. Here are my faves:
1. Give me a cup of tea. Currently drinking T2 tea from the sweet dreams series because its lovely and naturally decaf because tomorrow is a working day after all!
It’s miserable outside. The scenes from my window resemble extreme weather warnings on the news or that shot of palm trees bending under grey skies used in every “end of the world”movie. While ordinarily I would rug up and get on with it, I thought i’d at least wait until certain death was no longer lingering on my doorstep.
Besides, last year in a “my closet is a mess and it’s always hot” post baby huff, I donated so many of my bulky coats and chunky knits in the misguided hope it would mean a less chunky me. Now I long for those lovely knits back and thank god fashion has heard my plea in full force.
We love a good market day. There’s something geekishly fantastic about buying a bag full of apples, food out of a truck and home decor that has been made with the skill I imagine I have but do not actually posses (more about that later). Until we find a local famer’s market , this is a full days adventure where we spend too much of our money, no men allowed. Standard smiley sister shot taken, now it’s time to stuff our faces.
Obviously the best way to start the day is with a hearty breakfast from all the food groups that matter: caffeine and sugar from St Germain’s. For those of you who are uncomfortable with this, lets call it dairy and fruit? After that is was all frolics, florals, walking and limited bathroom breaks.
At the end of this particular day at Finders Keepers, we walked away with a photo that will probably haunt the kidlet for the rest of his life (see above), space themed temporary tatts, a lunar calendar tote bag, a pretty white wire basket and full tummies. A short walk to a near by florist and 3 bunches of flowers later it was time to go back home. Exhausted but all worth the trek.
Sarahteaa is wearing: Beanie – From Japan
Jacket – Thrifted
Jumper & Dress – Asos
Bag – Colette