Top Five Basics

The temperatures in Melbourne have just started dropping into the 20’s and with it comes an excitement in me for chunky sweaters, coats and boots.  So with that, I thought I’d share my absolute favourites, the top five basics that no winter can be gotten through without!  Here they are…

Tan Ankle Boots

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I am sure many would disagree but for me tan ankle boots are an absolute must, more so than black.  For the last couple of years I have been wearing an Italian leather pair that were actually given to me for free by a colleague who got them from a friend who had realised they were a size too big for her.  Cue my absolute joy, I have worn them to death, so much so that in the last winter sales I was forced to buy another pair because the originals are almost on their last legs!

Tailored Jeans

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I had a pair of H&M dark denim flares that were perfect in every way, except they gaped at the waist.  I took them to my lovely tailor Gabriele (Carlton’s finest) and he removed the waistband, took in the waist and sewed them up again.  Suffice to say I wore them and wore them and they have finally given up the ghost, but what a difference the tailoring made.  I recommend this wholeheartedly, money well spent!

Black, Cream or Dark Grey Blazer

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Ok so I have blazers in all 3 colours … again an absolute, can’t-live-without staple and oddly I have to say I get most wear out of the cream one!  It just sets off my jeans and boots mentioned above perfectly.  Add a trilby and i’m good to go.

Scarves

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Yes, all patterns and colours really, no winter outfit accessory works harder in my wardrobe than scarves.  I especially favour big chunky ones in neutral colours, I just feel so warm and snuggly on a cold day and it adds that colour or texture to my outfit in an easy, understated way.

Fake Fur Jacket

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This has been a relatively new revelation to me, but last winter I purchased one on Ebay in a rich tan colour and I wore it almost every day.  I found it added a touch of glam to jeans and boots but also worked for nighttime looks in a bohemian, Marianne Faithful way.

All in all, take these items away and my outfit choices feel much less pulled together.  Bring on winter, I’m ready!

Enjoy!

 

 

2 ways with a leopard swing skirt – winter

2 ways with a leopard swing skirt - winter

 

 
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This post shows you how one item can be incredibly versatile and carry you through from summer to winter.
 

Karla’s Closet – mixing it up

A shout out to the amazing blogger Karla Deras of Karla’s Closet.  This is one savvy fashion lass who constantly inspires me – and this look is no exception, pairing an op-shop sweatshirt with a white fur stole and heels is such vintagey cool it makes me want to weep onto my fake Birkenstocks!  The key here is mixing unusual fabrics and textures and not forgetting the all important details, big rock ring, dark nails, wayfarers.karlas closet sweatshirt fur