There are some things in life that will never change - even in the face of a terrifying global pandemic. Like, the weather. World events come and (hopefully) go, but the need for season-appropriate attire - such as a good coat to see you through the winter -- remains a non-negotiable.
In fact, adapting your wardrobe to cater to the cooler months is an enterprise that veers more towards "function" than "fun". But who says you have to choose? The abundance of new-season coats (and knits, and jeans, and fabulous accessories) will make stepping into winter a thrill - as will a handful of clever styling tricks, borrowed from some of our favourite fashionable women.
Winter blues? Not on our watch.
Theres nothing more timeless than a tailored black trench.
Sometimes it pays to keep it simple -- and nothing captures the spirit of aspirational minimalism quite like a classic black coat.
Aussie brands such as Third Form and AJE offer great iterations -- best paired with equally timeless staples like vintage-wash Levi's and a crisp white shirt and made-for stomping combat boots.
Tone it Up
Cocoon Coats in soothing shares if caramel make winter layering a cinch
A little more laid back than its black counterpart, an oversized camel coat is perfect for any occasion. Third Form's flattering versions in particular are the thing of fashion legend -- and for good reason. Thrown over relaxed suiting or sweats, they add an instant dose of sophistication.
The Key to a Polished Winter Ensemble? Nailing your Proportions
Ever put on an outfit and felt it's not quite right - like there's a problem you can't quite put your finger on but it is immediately obvious? It's probably been a question of proportions -- a finicky skill that can stump even seasoned fashion editors.
This winter, we're in a bourgeois-inspired state of mind, which means we're coveting long skirts, high boots and mannish blazers. Avoid looking overwhelmed by mixing heavy and light fabrics, cinching at the waist and showing tactful flashes of skin.
PRIM & PROPER
A floaty mid-length skirt has a polished decidedly vintage vibe. Keep it grounded with the shoe of the season: statement knee-high boots.
Elevate an A-line mini or tailored shorts with a boxy blazer or long-sleeve cardigan. Alexa Chung, eat your heart out.
The Art of Layering
The world's most stylish women know it isn't about having more, but about doing more with what you have. Translation? Layering. Is. Everything. And never more so than in winter. Instead of frantically trying to buy a brand new wardrobe, invest in a few key pieces that will transform your worn-to-death staples for the new season.
Pair a neutral knit with great denim (and even better accessories)
Extend the lifespan of a preppy polo or button-up with a bold jumper.
Modernise '70s shapes with leather accessories and -- if you're feeling brave -- a knitted bra.
Make it Pop
1. Happy Feet
New-season sandals in vibrant shades of lime, yellow or cherry red are a guaranteed mood booster.
2. Scarf Ace
All hail the under-appreciated scarf. Bring some playfulness to its practicality by wearing it oversized.
3. Knit Pick
Hygge-inducing chunky knits are a one-is-never-enough kind of purchase. Go big or go home.
4. In the Bag
Jewel-toned purses elevate even the simplest winter ensembles. Play it safe? Never.
Thin waist bests will add mileage to your trusty blazers -- especially in zesty shades of citrus.