Fashion

WSS Style Edit: Winter Essentials

Winter is definitely here and so are the cold winds, rain and snow. Unfortunately, so is shivering and trying to stay warm with multiple layers of clothing required. With a colder winter than previous years predicted (and having hit early); 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 feeling bulky or lumpy.

A very cold winter is going to require coats, boots, scarves, gloves, thermals and hats are going to be your must-haves for winter.

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 ten degrees mark (and below!) in Melbourne the last few weeks and being between 1 and 8 degrees when taking the boys to school in the mornings, I have had to start wearing a coat already. I have even had to wash ice off the windscreen of the car on a couple of occasions. Brrr!  Here are a few of our lust-have coats:

From left: Pretty in Pink Edge To Edge Sherpa Coat, Sportscraft Mariana Check Coat and Commonry The Longline Down Puffer Coat.

Layering and Thermal Tops

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

thermal-underwear-winter-essentials-clothingFrom left: Uniglo Heatech Thermal Long Sleeve Top, M & S Collection 2 Pack Thermal Long Sleeve Pointelle Tops, Bonds Fitted Top and 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 Forever After Wide Brim Hat, Dents Classic Leather Glove, Seed Felt Fedora Hat and Basque Button Detail Wool Blend Black Gloves.

Scarves

Get into 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.

From left: ELM Bobble Loop Knitted Scarf, SABA Logo Scarf, Sportscraft Speckle Merino Wool Knitted Scarf and Harris Scarf Yen Ribbed Scarf.

 Boots
Of course, boots are a given for winter warmth and style. Ankle boots are the most versatile boots to have in your wardrobe, as you 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, long sleeve boho style dresses, leggings and skinny jeans. Here are our picks:
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 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 is a must-have this winter.
What are your essential items for winter?

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