The weather is horrible. But look at the positives: we can drool over winter clothes and actually imagine wearing them. This week it’s been great to get back into the shops and see lots of new and exciting pieces for the new season. Here are my top ten buys for the week.
A touch of fur whether faux or real is a MUST have for winter. Was all over the runways and in the front row (again) right now at the Milan/Paris shows. I bought this little fur scarf last season and wore it just about every day. Loved it. It adds a little joosh for every day. It adds a little luxe to snazz up all your daggy old pieces that need some help to get through another season. Oh and it covers up the double chin. What more do you want? It works with jeans and a blazer or with a print dress. Yes, it’s too warm to right now but invest in this little number in navy or brown and you will love and adore when it does get cold. Navy and black is so right together. But you know that because I have been raving about mixing those colours for years. Years. $99
French Connection SHELBY STRIPE SKIRT
It’s the season of the skirt. You can’t have enough. Which means your outfits will expand because you will be using separates. Mixing it up. I love this skirt because it gets all the ticks. Pleating. A huge trend. Colour blocking. Tick. Longer length. Tick. A little sheer. Tick. Love this skirt with a tee, shirt and a blazer and cute sandals. Or try it later with a sweater. And short boots. Cool. This skirt rocks. Especially for $129.
Witchery black velvet blazer.
It’s the season of the knit - more about that later - but we still need a blazer. A black blazer. It’s a pivotal piece in your wardrobe. What’s new about this one is that it’s a snug fit. I love the velvet: it’s about texture when you do black. I love the almost collarless neckline and the flattering cut will cut off inches. You gotta love that. Wear it over a shirt, ( HINT: the collar of shirt shuld sit inside the jacket unless you are a news reader. Please.). Wear this jacket tossed over a dress, or a stripe Tee or with jeans. This is a handy number that will work hard in your wardrobe.Bless it. Add colour later with your top, shoes, bags and scarves etc. $269
The bag of the week. YSL Cabas Chyc tote
So I am addicted to handbags. I should have a blog devoted entirely to handbags. My pick for the last couple of months - well since I first I laid eyes it last year- is this YSL bag. It’s great in red. It’s big enough for every day but not too oversized. Looks like you could toss it on your shoulder or in the crook of your arm. The shape is right. Not too much hardware and no logo except for that chic Y on the buckle. As I always say: if you can’t afford ( you can’t: It’s the price of a small car. Whatever.) then use it as inspiration and find one very similar in your price bracket. I want it. Sob. $1600 from Farfetch.
Trenery Leather camel skirt
This season is all about leather . I have been banging on about it for seasons now so hopefully you would have invested in something last season. It’s also the season of the skirt too. So : leather + skirt = a must have. I love this pale camel pencil skirt from Trenery. Talk about chic. Love the longer length, love the pale colour which will go with everything. Love this to wear right now with a white shirt or grey marle tee and chunky wedges. Love it in winter with a knit and boots. $299
I recently checked out Novo shoes to see if there were any cheap but chic buys. I swooped on these chic de la chic kitten heels. So your mother said always to buy expensive shoes. That was then: (when inexpensive and chic shoes just were just not available.) Anyway we all would buy Prada if we could… in the meantime as you have bought the YSL bag I suggest lashing out on these fabulous $69 heels. Whaaaat? True. Love with a skinny crop pants and a flirty skirt. The fine elegant shoe is a coming back. You could walk in these without taking any nurofen. at least for an hour . $69.
3.1 Phillip Lim Boxy Textured Pullover Sweater
SO the sweater is the new blazer. That’s the news and you heard it here first. Yes, we love a blazer but there is a real street trend where the sweater is rocking big time. You want a sweater in a bright colour, that’s a little cropped, that’s has a bit of texture. The big look at moment? Wear it like it’s shown here: over a shirt. Huge trend. Then try with red or blue jeans or a cute leather skirt. I do love the 3.1 Philip Lim label and with the Aussie dollar it’s much more affordable. Especially on SHOPBOP where there is no shipping. Love this in white. DIVINE. $400.
Soother Ninewest stud loafers
The loafer is back and is about to replace the ballet flat as the flat shoe du jour. Quite frankly I’m getting a little sick of ballet flats so when I clapped eyes on these cool stud loafers I was over joyed. I did a little dance and nearly fell off my wedges. Another reason for flats. Anyway why not have fun in the shoe department? These shoes will add a little edge to any of your boring outfits snoring in the back of your wardrobe. Just remember they look great with cropped pants. You could even throw them on with a leather flippy skirt. Go on : you can do it. $139
The silhouttte for winter? It’s the skinny pants (in a colour) back with a big coat or sweater and chunky short boots. Check out Bill Cunninghams video here to get the scoop on the streets on New York. Burgundy is the colour of the season. Love it back with red or orange. Love these pants with all your basic colours like black, brown or navy. The cut is tres flattering and the fabric is a little stiff ( double cloth) so they sit really well. Perfect to wear now and into winter. $129
SABA sequin tank
How many sequin tanks can you have? How many stripe tees can you have? Answer: Never enough.Update every season. The shimmer shine and all things textural and glittery trend is still around for winter. (As I always say) it’s about dressing down the glitz so you should throw this tank back with cotton chinos, jeans or grey track opnts and heels. I kid you not. Anyway don’t be afraid of black. Especially when it’s a standout piece. And when you look at the trends coming down the runway in Milan and Paris this week you will see that those pesky pastels for next season are nowhere to be seen. The Goth is back!