My 5 Winter Wardrobe Essentials
It's that time of year where I wonder if it's socially acceptable to go to bed at 8pm or if making a pot of chai to last the week can actually be consumed in one sitting. To answer that conundrum - yes and yes. It's also the time of year where we start to realise that we can no longer get away with a thin, autumnal trench coat, and instead we're digging out the thermal layers and upgrading to the full winter wardrobe that won't leave you jittery-cold on the train platform every morning.
So I thought this would be a good opportunity to chat through some winter wardrobe pieces that have added serious milage to my everyday outfits and that I basically take with me everywhere. If like me you find the winter style thing a bit trickier than summer, this might help give you a nudge in the right direction for something you might be missing, or make you realise that the jumper in your basket that’s composed of 100% pure itch-inducing goodness just isn’t worth it. Here are the five (ok six) items in my wardrobe that I would wear every single day if I could…
Denim Jacket. I can't go past some good denim, and a jacket is no exception. My sisters very kindly got me this one from Melbourne Vintage for Christmas, and I loooove it. I pretty much wear it with anything and everything because it's great on it's own but can also fit a wooly jumper underneath without looking like a lumpy bag of potatoes. A FAB year-round staple for me.
Black Dress. This is where I've sneaked the extra item in, because I wouldn't really say it's an essential, but it's definitely improved my typical "jeans all day erryday" mantra. A black dress that can be worn with some good qual tights (like these lovely ones from Boody) and a long-sleeve underneath gives it versatility for a casual look, as well as a more dressier/evening option. Mine is from an op-shop, but I've got my eye on this Yoli and Otis Ola Dress (although not strictly black black, it has the added benefit of long sleeves!).
Black Boots. I LIVE in boots practically year-round, so it's important for me to have a pair of boots that are super comfortable and can be worn day or night. Although they are a super recent purchase, I'm obsessed with the Frankie4 Naomi Black Boots. The thing I like the most about these – aside from the fact that black boots go with everything – is the fact they're made and designed by a podiatrist, so it's like walking on a cloud. Seriously. At their recent Melbourne pop up I also had a great chat with one of the girls about their transparency and ethical production. Big tick of approval! For something more affordable, check out these Windsor Smith Boots; this is the most ethical fast-fashion shoe brand I can find. Let me know if you've got one up your sleeve!
Black Jeans. Are you seeing a colour theme here!? Like a LBD, these are just the BEST to have on hand in winter (and even cooler summer nights). I really can't recommend these Nobody Jeans highly enough - although it feels like RIP Bank Account, these have to be up there with one of the best purchases I've ever made. They are made in Melbourne, incredibly comfortable, versatile and are still in mint condition despite being nearly 3 years old. Although I don't have a black pair, be sure to check out my love for Dejour Denim too (a bit more effort to get but more affordable).
Cotton Striped Long-Sleeve. Being the profuse sweater that I am (and someone who always goes on about it – SOZ), synthetic fabrics under my armpits create their own special stench which really doesn’t make me feel too fresh. Of course I still sweat in natural fabrics too, but I feel the pong is a little less. A cotton striped shirt or long-sleeve tee is super handy for throwing on casually with jeans and Etikos, or underneath a dress with some boots for Parisian winter vibes. Mine is such an oldie I can't remember where it's from and alas no tag, but loving this one from Vege Threads (ethically made in Aus of course).
Wool Coat. A thick, warm and well-made coat in a timeless style is such a necessity for those 2 degree mornings and bitterly cold winds that face most of us mid-year. I've included this because it is a winter essential in my eyes, but to be honest I don't actually have a favourite - I have a couple of coats from many years ago but am yet to find one that I really love and is ethical. I'm keeping my eyes peeled for one that looks warmer than the trenches and jackets that are trendy atm *insert the grandma emoji*. Any suggestions!? Pop 'em below! x