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WSS Style Edit: Winter Essentials

Winter is definitely here and so are the cold winds and rain. Unfortunately, so is shivering and trying to stay warm with multiple layers of clothing. With a colder winter than previous years predicted; layering is going to be a given but layering doesn’t have to mean looking (and feeling) like the Michelin Man. You can look stylish without being bulky or lumpy.

 

We have already shared with you 20 snuggly knits to keep you warm for winter but coats, boots, scarves, gloves, thermals and hats are going to be your must haves for winter too.

We have gathered a few essential fashion pieces from around the web to keep you warm and dry this winter:

Coats

In the southern states, it is essential to have a few decent coats. With temperatures hovering around the mid teens (and below!) in Melbourne the last few weeks and been between 1 and 10 degrees when taking the boys to school in the mornings, I have had to start wearing a coat already. I have even had to washed ice off the windscreen of the car on a couple of occasions. Brrr!  Here are a few of my lust have coats:

 

From left: French Connection Woodlands Check Duffle Coat ($249.95. Sizes 6-16), Country Road Textured Coat ($349.00. Sizes XXS-XL), David Jones Classic Trench Coat ($139.95. Sizes 12-20), and Witchery Peacoat  ($399.95. Sizes 4-16).

Layering and Thermal Tops

As I mentioned above, layering is key to staying warm, so you need to start with the basics. A long sleeve tee or thermal top will keep your body temperature regulated without extra bulk under oversized knits or cardigans.

thermal-underwear-winter-essentials-clothingFrom left: Heatgen Thermal Long Sleeve Top, M & S Collection 2 Pack Thermal Long Sleeve Pointelle Tops, Layer’d High Neck Top and M&S Collection Heatgen™ Thermal Long Sleeve Top.

Hats and Gloves

Most people feel the cold in their hands and it is the first place to show dryness and ageing from winter extremities. The easiest way to prevent this is a good hand moisturiser and wearing gloves when heading outside. Hats not only add a stylish finish to a winter outfit, it also stops the loss of heat out of the top of your head.

gloves-hats-winter-essentials-fashion-style-clothingFrom left: Kooringal Ever After Mid Brim Hat ($59.95), Dents Classic Leather Glove ($69.95), Seed Felt Fedora Hat (19.95) and Alta Linea Wool Glove ($19.95).

Scarves

If you follow our Instagram feed, you will know I wear scarves all year round, as they add a stylish, “finished” look to the most simple of outfits. However, in winter I will wear a scarf everyday. Get in the habit of wearing a scarf around your neck to keep the throat area warm. Do you know that the neck is one of the most overlooked sources of heat loss? Anywhere from 40-50% of our body heat can be lost from the surface of the head and neck.

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From left: Agenda Large Yarn Dye Stripe WrapFrench Connection Print Check Scarf Trenery Karla dot Scarf, DLUX Lexington Scarfand ASOS Oversized Square Scarf.

 Boots
Of coarse, boots are a given for winter warmth and style. Ankle boots are the most versatile boots to have in your wardrobe, as you can can see from our post “9 ways to wear ankle boots” but knee high boots can be a great investment too. They look great with knit dresses, pencil skirts, leggings and skinny jeans. Here are our picks:
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Gumboots
In recent years, the humble gumboot has had a makeover and is actually quite stylish. Hunter boots became huge when celebrities were seen wearing them at the Glastonbury festival and the trend has continued. With some styles (like the Witchery Chelsea boot, below) looking like regular boots, you can’t tell they are gumboots! Whether it is for splashing in rain puddles or heading to the snow, a pair of these are a must have this winter.
 
What are your essential items for winter?
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