Now that the cool weather has truly set in, it’s time to amp up your winter fashion. Every season, staying fashionable boils down to buying a few key pieces. Looking timeless doesn’t have to break the bank. It’s about shopping smart and choosing clothes to flatter your figure. Stick to classic silhouettes and you’ll look a million bucks with minimal effort. With just a few purchases, you can transform your wardrobe into a flawless collection of classic threads that would make even the Duchess of Cambridge swoon. We break down the five winter essentials that will have you looking and feeling like a high-street fashion queen.
The Essential Knit
No winter wardrobe is complete without a knit or three. Soft fabrics will have you feeling oh-so-cosy and will take you from a morning brunch to a casual dinner date. For the office, pair a knit with a pencil skit and heels to show off your waistline. Tucking a thick knit into a slim-fitting pencil skirt is notoriously difficult. Rather than struggling with unflattering bulges of material, simply gather up a corner of the knit and secure with a hairtie on the underside of the garment. This simple trick will add interest to your ensemble and accentuate your waistline. If pencil skirts aren’t your cup of tea, pair a classic winter knit with tailored jeans or slacks and a killer pair of heels.
The Feminine Skirt
You can never go wrong with a slim-line skirt. Irrespective of your body shape, a pencil skirt will do wonders to slim your waist and elongate your legs. Opt for one in a thicker material. This will help to smooth any unwanted bumps and remove the need for shapewear underneath. Paired with block heels or wedges, pencil skirts are perfect for those times when you’re not sure what the day will hold. A black staple skirt will ensure you look classy and put-together even if you’re feeling rushed. Pencil skirts can be paired with anything from a crop top to a loose blouse. Add a cropped denim jacket or blazer to finish off the look and you will ooze sophistication
The Statement Scarf
Scarves are a timeless way to add an extra element to your winter neutrals. Opt for colours that will complement every outfit. We suggest tones like cream, navy and olive. If you really need a pick-me-up, a bright scarf can make all the difference to your mood and the way you look. Whether your signature look is feminine and floaty or structured and chic, a scarf will provide an instant boost to your style credibility. These trans-seasonal accessories are a must for any wardrobe.
The Go-To Pair of Shades
Sunglasses are not just a summer accessory. The winter sun may not blast down quite like it does in December, but the winter rays can still cause substantial damage to your eyes. Make like a Hollywood celebrity and pop on some shades every time you leave the house. Not only will this prevent damage to your eyes, it will lift your look and turn any outfit into an Insta-worthy ensemble. Another added bonus? Protected eyes mean you’re less likely to squint, so you can wave goodbye to potential fine lines. When it comes to choosing a pair of everyday shades, it’s important to pick a lens shape that suits your facial structure. Thin lenses and round, John Lennon-style sunglasses will trend once in a while, but oversized sunnies will always be a classic.
The Confidence-Boosting Coat
A good trench is absolutely essential for any fashion-conscious woman during winter. Perfectly suited to the Australian winter, coats will keep you warm through the chilly mornings and are easy to slip off when it gets warm in the early afternoon. Layering is crucial to pulling off a coat. Opt for one that sits at about the length of your fingertips to create that perfect winter silhouette. Investing in a dark, neutral trench in a black or grey colour will ensure it complements every outfit in your closet. Leave open with jeans and a blouse or button up with stockings, leggings and boots for a classy go-to that will prevail season after season.
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