The days are getting shorter and the nights aren’t as inviting for that summer dress. It’s time to layer up and focus on your winter wardrobe. But before you step out and indulge in the winter attire on offer, let’s take a look at the trends for this season and how you can achieve it.
Firstly to the ladies.
Blue Coat Image Credit: Jonathan Short/Invision/AP
It’s no surprise that darker colours are a feature of this winter. But scrap your usual idea of dark and gloomy. Monochrome is back in full force with striking whites the main driver behind this trend. The best way to wear white – is on top. A crisp white shirt teamed with slouchy boyfriend jeans or its sleeker high-waisted counterpart can integrate this shirt across all sorts of occasions.
The white shirt is just one item that shows how menswear tailoring is making its way into womenswear. Now to the bottom half. Just imagine your husband or boyfriend’s favourite suit pants, bring back a bit of the 60s bell bottoms, widen the leg all the way to the top and tighten the waistband. There you have it – the winter trend of wide-cropped pants. Just like the shirt, the key is tailoring. The pants need to fit around your waist and show off your feminine features. Tucking in the white shirt is another way to give your waist shape.
While monochrome is a great base, there is no need to shy away from colour. Colour isn’t only for those summery months as it can be most effective when the skies are grey. This cobalt blue jacket from Topshop is one item that can brighten up the bleakest of moods. You could also look at pastel blues or intense oranges, depending on your skin tone.
Now onto shoes.
Flat knee high boots are always a winner. I like the Inferno Boot from Spend-less Shoes. They’re comfortable and look great with skinny jeans or a skirt with tights. These boots could also work with over-the-knee skirts. While a gap between boots and skirts was once the standard, this season’s skirts drape over the boots which is great for keeping you warm. It also gives you a modern bohemian vibe.
For something a little dressier, you could mix in classic black heels or get a bit more coverage across your foot with ankle boots. We photographed these Spend-less Shoes the other week which gives you an idea of the style I am talking about.
To finish it off, why not throw on a Fedora hat? This is my personal favourite to dress up any outfit and is a great way to cover those bad hair days. To give it that extra winter flavour, splash on a red or deep purple lipstick to give extra impact to your outfit.
Now to the gentlemen.
I think winter is a time where men can look their best. Instead of board shorts and singlets, men can use the gloomier months to integrate some rock star and European trends into their wardrobes. Luxury french fashion house, Saint Laurent, showcased this style of slim-fitting trousers and broad shouldered blazers on the catwalk earlier this year. Another favourite of mine is the oversized duffle jacket which can be found in forest green, mustard and trustworthy navy.
In the shoe department, two types are usually needed for winter: a skate-esque style shoe and some dress shoes that can be carried on into more formal situations. Spend-less Shoes has two varieties that are up to scratch. The Minister Shoe looks sleek and can be worn for work. As for casual shoes, I like Cool Black and The Jay. The Cool Black is useful because it is a slip on shoe so it is more likely to pass the pub dress codes. The Jay is versatile because it also looks great with shorts in summer.
So there you have it the list to rug up, stay warm and look good this winter.
Featured Image: White shirt with jacket over the top – Witchery
Blue Topshop coat – Metro
Saint Laurent on Catwalk – Westfield
Men’s brown duffle – ASOS
Woollen Duffle Coast – Gloverall
Fedora Hat – Popsugar Australia
Black Shoe – Spend-Less Shoes
Black slip on shoes – Spend-Less Shoes
Blue Slip On Casual Shoes – Spend-Less Shoes