Build the ultimate winter wardrobe
What's the number one perk of winter, you ask? Winter fashion, of course! With more layers, textures and accessories to play with, cool-weather styling is certainly more fun. To help you build your ultimate winter wardrobe, here's our guide filled with this season's must-have essentials, as well as tips to get more wear out of your pieces throughout the season.
Nothing says cosy more than a chunky knit sweater or cardigan, and the best part? They keep you warm and can also dress up (or hide) a plain old tee. Light-weight knits in merino wool or cashmere are best for layering as they don't add bulk, while chunkier lambs wool or cotton pieces make for the perfect statement to elevate jeans or leggings, or accompany more formal evening attire. Handy hacks: Keep an eye out for natural, organic or recycled fabrics to reduce the environmental impact from the clothes we wear. Shop the wide range of cosy knits at Country Road, Decjuba, Glassons and Mirrou.
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Dresses (and two-piece sets)
Whether it be a sweater-style knit set or a floaty, printed number - a long-sleeved dress or two-piece set are your ideal transeasonal pieces. If you're opting for a mini, pair it with thigh or knee-high boots to keep your pins warm, while a maxi works wonders with ankle boots or old-school sneakers for an edgier finish. Handy hack: Keen to extend the wear of your sleeveless summer pieces? Just pop a lightweight turtleneck top underneath in a shade that matches your dress for that extra layer of warmth. For the prettiest frocks to rock, check out Forever New, Country Road or Decjuba
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While these babies are definitely a winter staple, they can be more transeasonal than you think. In warmer weather, style a pair of ankle boots with an oversized blazer and denim shorts à la Hailey Bieber, or channel your inner Ariana by rocking a thigh-high number with your favourite mini dress or skirt. With so many styles to choose from this season, there isn't be a better time to add another pair to your rotation. Find your new favourites at Mi Piaci, Merchant 1948 or Hannahs.
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From humble canvas slip-ons to hardware embellishments and leather pairs for the bravest souls out there, it's no surpise that the hardest working pieces in your wardrobe are your sneakers. Chunky styles in daring shades are perfect for making a statement, while classic silhouettes in white or pastel work better as effortless accompaniments to any outfit. Shop a wide range of kicks at Platypus Shoes and Hype DC
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Cold weather accessories
They say you lose 40% of your body heat through your head, so popping on a cosy piece of headwear is a no-brainer. Looking for a beanie, fedora or beret? <Insert retailers i.e. Myer, Decjuba, Seed Heritage, Cotton On> have got you covered (literally). Little details can make a big difference - complete your look with a few well-chosen pieces of jewellery before you head off. Handy hack: Whether you're attending a Zoom meeting or a weekend brekkie, pop on a pair of hoops or dangly earrings to elevate your casual outfit. It's the little things that count. For the latest winter accessories, check out Pandora, Michael Hill and Lovisa.
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Coats and jackets
We know how easy it can be to reach for our sworn-by, go-to puffer. However, investing in a structured wool-blend or trench coat (don't be afraid to branch out and opt for a fun, statement colour) can make a world of difference in elevating your workwear right through to your weekend atheleisure style. For a more relaxed look, this winter, it's all about this must-have piece; the shirt and jacket combo now coined the 'shacket'. Find your perfect piece at Country Road, Sportscraft, Decjuba and Forever New.
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