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
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!
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
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.
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
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!