The shops are full of lovely winter-y things right now. Jackets and boots and cosy knits. But they aren’t appealing to me. The fact is I’m more likely to be sporting shorts and thongs than I am jeans and boots right now. Winter doesn’t arrive in earnest in Brisbane until quite late in the season. By which time the shops are stocking sandals and summer kaftans. Go figure.
Get in the mood
The fabulous thing about modern fashion is that every season sees a broad range of trends, which means you can pick and choose what suits you. French Vogue has a comprehensive wrap up of trends for Winter 15/16.
Out of those twenty or so trends, I am loving tassels on boots and bags and (faux) fur linings — a continuation of the tribal theme we saw during summer. The folksy vibe also continues with winter boho firmly on my radar. I’ll make or buy a long sleeved maxi in a floral print. I’ll also be looking for a subtle way to incorporate velvet. I’m thinking maybe a lush maxi skirt or deep red velvet shoes. Stripes are big again (seriously, do they ever go away?) and I’ll be re-wearing the long sleeved striped tops I already own. Grunge is also back. I remember wearing tight tees under dresses as a teenager and I’m not sure I can go back. Some chunky ankle boots with a sweet floral dress might be the way I revisit this trend. A long structured vest is also on my winter hit list and Style by Bec has a great round up here. This is a fabulous trans-seasonal piece that can work in the hotter months.
Now that you are inspired by what lies ahead in your fashion future, take out any winter items you have stashed away and check them out. I am not suggesting you pop them back into your wardrobe just yet though – this is just for stocktake.
What works with the winter trends that appealed to you? Do you still love all the pieces? Has anything been attacked by moths (eek)? Do things need airing, mending or dry cleaning? This is also a good time to get the boots out, give them a polish and check if they need to be re-soled or replaced entirely.
Now for the list! What’s missing or in need of replacement? Don’t just think clothes, think about shoes, boots, belts, tights, hats and jewellery that you might like to update going into winter.
Now you have inspiration and a list, you’re ready to hit the stores.
Thankfully the shops tend to be airconditioned to the point of arctic tempatures at this time of year, so that helps with the general winter vibe.
Here are my tips for making the most of your new season shop:
- Bring along anything from your wardrobe that you want to match with something new.
- Give yourself lots of time.
- Wear nude undies with a smooth line, particularly if you are trying on jeans.
- If you like shopping with someone, bring a girlfriend along. If you get more done on your own, make a date with yourself. Do not bring the kids.
- Don’t feel like you have to buy everything all at once. Just focus on the key pieces you feel you need.
- Check out my shopping buddy guide before you go anywhere.
- Bron from Flatbumum has a beautifully curated online store of items from one of my favourites, Philosophy.
- Eb&Ive (another favourite of mine) have some great winter options
- ASOS can always be counted on for some on-trend, not-to-expensive clothes and accessories. I like their River Island brand.
- I’m particularly loving the boots over at Forever New at the moment.
- I’m lusting after all the winter season Isabel Marant over at the Outnet. But my credit card isn’t.
Do you struggle with buying winter clothes while it’s still hot outside? Any tips?
(note: I’m kind of new to this style blogging thing, so none of the above are affiliate links – just in case you were wondering. I’ll always tell you!)