Now that the cold weather is really here it’s just great to wear all those exciting winter pieces: coats! knits! boots! Woo hoo. In Sydney it won’t last long but what a joy it is to pull out gloves and scarves and have fun getting dressed. Read on for my top ten buys to get you looking fabulous. Do you see any crazy colours ? No way! Build your wardrobe around the chicest colours navy, black and caramel with a touch of brown and maybe a dash of red. Then you are go for launch. Hint: Save the bright colours, mad prints and kooky styling for the street style bloggers at Fashion week.
Online bag buy of the week;
I’m loving J Crewe : so many divine cashmere knits and so many fabulous basics. What else did I spy there? Why, a bag of course. This is one of those every day numbers. It’s in great leather ( won’t be scratched by your huge diamond ring), it’s a great size and cool shape. It has lots of great zips but not covered in too much gold glitzy hardware. It comes in red, orange, black and blue as well. The good news ? It sits in that mid price range: Not thousands but not cheap but chic either: The dollar went down but really it’s not a huge difference in price $508 . Jcrew Biennial satchel buy here.
Witchery Spliced Embellished Tee
This week’s FiFi fashion is just really all my favourite items I’ve come across snooping around the shops and online: A trench, a stripe knit and the indispensable sequin tee. This sparkly number is new in witchery. Love the navy and the sheer sleeves (it has a sheer back too). Love the idea that it skims and doesn’t cling. Love it in summer or winter. Remember it’s about contrasts in fashion: sequins with denim, heels with chinos, Chanel tweed jacket with white tee. $199 Buy here
Sporstgirl denim shirt
You can’t go past a denim shirt for weekend dressing. It’s cool. Of course you love the idea of mixing denim with denim because as a loyal FiFi Report subscriber you read about that years ago ( well as soon Chloe sent in down the runway for spring 10). It’s almost a classic now. Love under a floppy sweater and just hanging out the bottom. You can throw it back with a leather skirt or tuck it in with high waist wide leg pants. Yes, you can. I like it a little bigger and worn sloppy style like the Chloe runway. Buy here for $79
Cue Peplum top
Phobe Philo at Celine was really the first designer to send out a peplum style jacket ( in terms of recent contemporary fashion): I think it was her first collection which was in June 09 . It was a casual cotton jacket with a sneaky little peplum styling around the hips. Anyway fast forward and now it’s the season of the peplum. Guess what? You will love it. Why ? because it’s so flattering. It’s quite fitted where you want it (Sucks you in at the best place) then watch that little pelum flare out and cover that spot where all those sticky date puddings have been sitting. Love this for work or weekend with Chinos or jeans. This number is also in red (it’s burgundythough it looks black). $195. You saw a version in white on the model Angela at the Westfield Burwood style session. Love. Buy here
Country Road Lofty Roll Neck Knit
Question: When is a jumper a tea cosy? When it’s the coolest cape/ short sleeve knit. Love this navy chunky sweater because it’s got ¾ sleeves so you won’t die of heat exhaustion lying by the fire. You can layer it -as they have done- over a navy long sleeve Tee. it’s very flattering. I should know I have tried it on and it does give good muffin bottom coverage without making you look like Jessica Simpson. TIP: wear over skinny jeans. Love with ankle boots and under a coat. It’s also in a lovely oatmeal cream. Love it belted over a leather pencil skirt. True. Belt it in yes: It’s actually not too bulky. You can create your own peplum. $149 ( might be on sale ) Buy here
Burberry Brit tech fabric trench
I have been in Trench rehab for a while but now it’s cold and rainy ,well, I’m like Joan Rivers and a scalpel…. But why dag around looking at copies of tench coats when you can have the real thang? Burberry is now available here online here in Australia. (Trench porn!). You could buy everything. My pick? This great little casual number. They describe it as a ” Relaxed showerproof technical fabric trench coat with set-in sleeves with a detachable check-lined hood and Heritage features reference the original Burberry trench coat’. Delicious. $995. Buy here. $995.00
Karen Walker Navy Multi Cashmere Top
Here’s a little secret. I have been checking out this stripe cashmere sweater online since it first came online last year. Now I must share it with you as it has been reduced from $350 to $175. It’s rather gorgeous don’t you think ? Cashmere. Tick. Stripe. tick. Great neckline. tick. Great colours. tick. Perfect length for bending over in low rise jeans. Lovely with a skirt or jeans. Yes, please. Buy here. $175
MK Flex Mid by MICHAEL Michael Kors
It’s the thing: it’s my job to stamp out dags and to make you look groovy ( without wasting your time or money). So let me present the 3 pairs of shoes you need for winter. I’m talking heels, flats, and boots all at a great cheap but chic price ( not the dream version alas!) . Yes, they are all black but isn’t that the coloour we actually all wear? Please feel free to also lash out and buy taupe, brown or red. My first buy are these fabulous MICHAEL Michael Kors pointy heels. They are a great heel height so you don’t stagger around. No need for nurofen when wearing these all day. They even have a rubber sole. Shut up. Makes stomping the pavement so easy. Do I need to tell you that pointy toe is back? No! Do I need to tell you how to wear them? NO! Tip: just make sure your pants stop at the ankle. The price for you? $106 plus postage I think. While you are on this site check out GAP, Banana Republic, Old navy. All ship to Australia. Sorry. You may spend too much time on this site. $106 Buy them here. You can try David Jones but I think they have sold out in black.
Seedheritage Freya ankle boots
It’s all about the ankle boot this winter. But you knew that. Long boots work with skirts but, as we have discussed, you need ankle boots to rock with coloured jeans or actually with any jeans or pants. If you’ve got the legs you can rock ankle boots with a skirt or dress. Actually can I rephrase that? If you THINK you have the legs. ( it’s how you feel not what shape you really are). Anyway I am here to tell you that the hot boot du jour is the Acne boot ( see here ). But I am very happy to share with you the Seed version which is very similar but of course a little less damage on the Prada wallet. Love the heel : it gives your legs a little help without looking too high and silly when wandering the hills of Provence. Love the outside zip and the classic round toe. Love the wide ankle. That’s the key. You want a wide baggy ankle on your boot . Not a tight zip look. Your jeans should be short and sit just above. Cool $229 Buy here.
Say au revoir to those ballet flats you’ve been thrashing for years. Time for loafers. You can see here at Net a porter that Marc Jacobs- as well as Gucci -have fabulous loafers. I saw these lovely simple loafers at Mimco. Now on sale for $99. Love the chic toe, the very subtle gold detail on the front and they are great quality. Wear with crop pants, jeans or with a skirt if you are feeling groovy. And you have legs like Alexa Chung. Bless. Hint: Please no socks. Just don’t. If it’s too cold then time to pull on the ankle boots. merci.$99. Buy here.