Dressing for Australian Winter 2014

17 Jul , 2014  

As the weather gets colder, the layers get thicker but that does not mean you need to sacrifice being fashionable to accommodate for seasonal changes. In fact, there is no better time than these cooler months to unleash the fashion goddess within.

What to wear underneath?

Winter is all about layering!  -Do not make the mistake of wearing a single thick item. Depending on the temperatures you may only need two… or you may need up to four layers! When constantly moving from out-door cold chills and indoor heated environments you need to be prepared for both warm, cold and in-between.

Layer 1: A simple Tee , singlet or light-weight long sleeved top  -breathable, thin cotton fabrics in white, black or grey are ideal.

Layer 2: Light-weight, tight fitted jumper

Layer 3: Loose-fitted sweater or vest

Patterned knit-wear, crochet pull-overs, and turtlenecks are great winter items that work well as either layer 2 or 3.


Over- sized Jackets: The chic oversized jacket can be grunge or high fashion and is bound to turn heads. Combine with a long frayed edge scarf, or flattering felt hat and heels of any kind to add height.

coatsBlazers: This versatile must-have item can act as both formal and casual and never goes out of season. – Ideal for warmer winters and office wear.

Coats:  Dress-coats, short-coats or trench-coats, the timeless combination of buttons and collars is another winter must-have.


winter beaniesWinter is a time for snug berets, scarves, gloves, boots, woolly knits and oversized jackets. If you like to use your hands and feel constricted by gloves, try fingerless gloves or fitted leather gloves which allow for more freedom and movement than their knitted counterparts.  If you aren’t one for stockings, leggings or tights, play with knee-high or thigh-high socks which always work well with some doc’s or ankle boots. Scarves come in light cotton, thick knitted and cool silk, and a variety of shapes, colours and patterns and are often an ideal way to finish off your winter look whilst keeping your neck protected from cold winds!  Remember those knee-high boots that have been sitting in your wardrobe all year long? Now is the time to flaunt them.

Makeup and Jewellery

winter makeup 2Create a winter wonderland looks with pearly nude lips, gentle silvery-grey or gold shimmery eye shadow with beige or white eyeliner, soft brows and fresh and dewy foundation.  This look can be casual or formal and goes with anything, particularly well with pearls, silver jewellery, and light coloured gem stones. For hair, gentle waves and messy buns or high pony tails won’t go wrong.winter makeup

For a more colourful look, try bold lips in shades of bright pink, red or purple paired with a simple cat eye, full lashes and articulated brows.  Complement this look with gold, chunky or statement jewellery, oxford heels and a classic button-up collared dress coat. Vintage up-dos, Betty fringes, bouncy curls or straight short bob-cuts are flattering hair do’s to further enhance this look.


For a sophisticated look pair sheer or opaque stockings with a classic tailored blazer to complement a snug turtleneck knitwear piece and pencil skirt or a simple neutral-toned dress that will never go out of season. Simple pumps and elegant jewellery with minimal makeup work well to enhance the air of sophistication.

For a more casual look incorporate a frayed denim jacket or vest over a high-neck long sleeved top, lace up shoes, fingerless bikie gloves, a low beanie and messy side braid with neutral lips and gentle brown smoky eyes.

Work a pop-art look with bright coloured tights, bold patterns and prints such as Andy Warhol and comic strip designs on geometric shaped garments. Complete the look with quirky shoes in the form of cute heels or classic converse sneakers with funky accessories, colourful makeup and nails and block coloured coats for an enigmatic fun vibe.

colourful leggings

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