The only positive aspect of returning back to Australia after my stint in Italy was being reunited with my wardrobe (in addition to seeing my cat, of course). The perfect way to combat any post-holiday blues, which are further strengthened by the winter blues, is to immerse yourself in winter fashion. Winter fashion tends to test my creativity, as I have to work a couple of new additions into my already well-established wardrobe in order to give it a lil’ freshening up.
One of my significant purchases this season has been a pair of floral print boots from Witchery. Florals for winter? What?? But trust me, they are fabulous. I largely ignored these boots for a while when I was working in the store, but they caught my attention as soon as they went on sale. They also happen to be extremely comfortable despite the killer heels, so I’m disappointed that I failed to notice them sooner!
The colours in the print are winter-friendly, making it easier than you think to integrate the boots into any wardrobe. I especially love the teal, which is feeding my obsession for the colour this season. Isn’t teal such a glorious colour? I wish my whole wardrobe was teal at the moment. But as you will see from the photos below, black continues to occupy a major space in my wardrobe. At least it makes the boots stand out in all it’s teal and pink glory.
Most of the clothes are from Witchery, including the pleated skirt and coatigan. If the abundance of pleated skirts in Italy was anything to go by, then pleats should be in fashion for a while longer. Don’t believe me? Just wait until I debut my fabulous teal pleated pants. Beanies, on the other hand, are mainly for practicality. Cold ears are never worth it, and neither is revealing a bad hair day.
The winter season always brings with it an influx of fur, whether real or fake, and this season is no different. Although I prefer to opt for the ‘faux’ kind, fur coats are my token item this winter. As well as being spectacularly warm, they’re incredibly chic and easy to pop over any outfit. Green and silver faux fur jackets have been favoured, and I’ve also witnessed a number of of baby pink long-haired coats which is a nod to the re-emergence of the ‘pink’ trend (as if we needed fashion authority to wear pink). No longer being donned exclusively by the elite and wealthy, fur coats are back with a multi-coloured vengeance.
I actually purchased (well, snatched out of a woman’s grasp) my green and black fur from the famed Balmain x H&M collection from 2015. I had only worn it a handful of times before this season because I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t have the confidence to pull off something so fabulous (as if that’s ever stopped me before!), however now that it is a staple trend this season, I wear it everywhere I possibly can. And wow, do I feel fabulous wearing it.
I matched it with a red lip in order to take a break from the dark tones. Plus, I am always an advocate for a bright red lipstick, and a pop of colour in winter should always be embraced.
Jacket: Balmain x H&M
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Do I need anymore silver shoes? My wardrobe says ‘no’, but my eyes always say ‘yes’.
During the inevitable online shopping spree I seem to enjoy in order to curb my pain after every surgery, I found these awesomely silver boots on sale on ASOS. Knowing full well that I wouldn’t be able to wear them until three months after surgery, I bought them anyway. Because that’s what you do when you’re feeling sorry for yourself and don’t have the option of wearing nice shoes for a while.
So after a couple of months of eyeballing them, I finally sunk my feet into them and paired them with a black ponte Witchery dress that I bought last winter. White boots are also very on-trend this season (but not so much the go-go kind). A good way to wear a winter LBD is to jazz it up with some exciting shoes, rather than falling into the trap of wearing all black. Winter is too dark and gloomy already anyway, which is why we have fashion to light it up a little.
Shoes: River Island
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We are having a ridiculously cold winter here in Melbourne, and there are no signs of improvements in the near future. It has come to the point where beanies are not just a cute accessory but are an utter necessity if you don’t want your head to freeze up and lose brain function upon stepping outside. Many people vehemently refuse to wear beanies on the basis of not knowing how, or they question whether the slouched piece of material suits their facial shape, which is why there are endless tutorials and how-to guides on styling a beanie. This seems a bit excessive as clearly it works like any other accessory; it simply needs to match something else incorporated into your outfit. And, like Doc Martens, there is a time and place for the beanie.
I naturally gravitate towards black accessories to make it easier on my wardrobe, and in this case I have matched it with black ankle boots, and complimented my oxblood red satchel with dark red lipstick. It’s easy to only stick with darker shades in winter, but I always aim to integrate a little colour to avoid fading into the sky’s backdrop.
Check out that beanie bling.
Shoes: Diana Ferrari
Bag: Leather Satchel Co.
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There is really only one good thing about the weather getting colder and the nights getting darker: winter fashion. There is an abundance of potential available in winter with layering clothes; the opportunity to wear cute scarves with matching beanies; and of course the pinnacle of winter fashion- the coat. Luckily I stocked up on coats and jackets whilst ironically op-shopping during the summer. I am more than ready to put those to good use.
A couple of days ago Melbourne showed the first initial signs of winter, and so I donned a woollen mulberry-coloured coat which I bought last year from asos. I am currently obsessed with wearing dresses with round-toe sneakers (and ONLY white round-toe sneakers) because they are incredibly versatile and take the feminine edge out of wearing a dress while still maintaining a stylish vibe. I never thought I would come to a point where I would voluntarily pair sneakers with a dress, but I uphold the fact that it can only be done with this style of shoe which technically isn’t a legitimate sports shoe anyway.
I also updated my wardrobe with a few grey pieces amidst the realisation that my wardrobe is almost devoid of every other colour a part from black, and hence this mercifully comfortable and warm dress from Witchery is one of those pieces. Fashion has just miraculously become so comfortable, and for the sake of my hectic schedule and for everyone else, we are sincerely grateful.
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Oh sunny days, it feels like you only just begun. Now the clouds are creeping out and there’s a faint chill in the air, but I still don’t feel like we’ve seen enough sunshine to prepare us for the incoming winter. Can Melbourne just please continue to deliver days like these until we are satisfied with the level of vitamin D in our systems? Beaches just aren’t as fun in the winter time.
Bikini top: Billabong
Shorts: Forever New
Photos taken by my good friend Tyana at Brighton Beach, Victoria.
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For all the poor souls undergoing winter in the southern hemisphere, there is a risk that you should all take: clashing prints. It only takes a couple of mismatched stripes to render it as a failure, but a successful match can be magical.
It was seen across Milan, Paris, London and Barcelona Fall Fashion Week and has become a defining trend of 2015.
It can be quite the challenge, but makes fashion fun and exciting. Pairing different prints together have usually been a big no-no until recently, as designers and stylists have exposed the secrets to the creation of the clash.
To create the perfect clash, here are a few handy hints:
Matching colours: if you choose to wear diverse colours, ensure that they match and don’t look as though they have been put together by a clown. Using neutral shades accompanied by a bold colour works well, allowing the bold colour and print to stand out as demonstrated by Zendaya below.
Size of prints: You are destined to succeed if a small print is matched with a large print. It becomes too overwhelming if both are prominent and can potentially look as though a three-year old dressed you. Pairing a minimalistic print with a larger one causes the eye-catching print to stand out against a more plain type, and hence they compliment one another without clashing.
Two prints max: I would suggest no more than two different prints combined. If you delve into a third, there is a high risk of an unfortunate clash occurring.
These stylish ladies inspired me to have my own crack at it.
Pants: Lovely Girl
Shoes: Doc Martens
Bag: House of Secrets
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