Winter has arrived and it’s bought the 90s with it.
There is almost no escaping practical footwear in winter, ducking in and out of showers and jumping over puddles on coffee breaks is the norm so best be prepared. Often when I’m dressing in winter I dress from the shoes up and with the latest fashion current streaming straight outta the 90’s I’d been hunting for boots just like these to kick the season off.
These Dune boots have a strong 90s punk/army vibe which I really love but to keep this look from being too strong I’ve balanced it out with something yummy and soft. This mohair Witchery cardigan is the perfect match and it’s unbelievably warm but an oversized woolly pullover would also do the trick.
Mixing hard and soft styles/materials is key to keep an edge on your snuggly new season style.
Berets, OK I’m almost surprised at myself for being into this (again) but in the last week I’ve rocked both a bright red and a black beret so I think the jury is out and the beret is in! And why not, with a fabulous elongating effect that draws the eye up, they help give the illusion you are taller than what you are… we like that, smoke and mirrors! (Insert evil chuckle).
Actually while we’re on accessories, there’s a great detail coming through in the world of handbags, the feature strap. A unique and easy way to add personality to your style, I noticed that Colette had a few interchangeable strap options if you wanted to add a pop of colour that way.
Also consider a neck tie, they are easy on the pocket and add an understated polish to an unstructured ‘knitwear’ look. I have mine folded and ironed, siting just under my shirt, but suit yourself, tie it right around your neck, under your collar, around a wrist or even your handbag. It’s just a small detail but it helps show your personal flair.
It’s also good when freshening up your look at the beginning of the season to think about makeup, you don’t need to follow trends but keep an open mind as it’s incredibly easy to fall into a rut.
Don’t be shy, have a conversation with one of the many makeup artists in the centre, that’s what they are there for. Perhaps start slow, just ask for one new thing you could try or have them show you a whole face full of trips and tricks. Technology in cosmetics is moving forward in leaps and bounds, which is very exciting, so don’t stay out in the cold on this one (excuse the pun).
In a nutshell, embrace the chill with style and let this Melrose Place, Party of Five, 90s flashback wash into your winter wardrobe.
Jeans and beret from Glassons, shirt from Just Jeans, shawl cardigan from Witchery, necklace and rings from Walker & Hall, neck scarf and bag from Colette and boots from Dune.
Photographer: Paddy Foss