Grab a tea or a wine or just some water (remember to stay hydrated kids) because this is going to be a long one. If I had a dollar for every time I spoke to someone about how fast this year has gone, I would have enough money to buy the new Loeffler Randall bag I’ve been lusting after. (Currently accepting donations by the way and am looking into a shopping allowance GoFundMe page…) To think that winter is nearly over for another year is mind-boggling and mine doesn’t need any assistance in the boggling department. Contrary to popular opinion I actually like the colder months. It facilitates more styling opportunities when it comes to fashion with all those layers and textures. In summer it’s more like, “Hey look, another dress!”. (Please don’t take that as any kind of indication for my upcoming summer content.)
However, towards the end of the season, we start to become a little short on inspiration as shops preemptively get us in the mood for warmer weather not unlike Woolies when they bring out Easter eggs in January. Recently I’ve been finding myself repeating the same fashion formula over and over again of jeans plus top plus outerwear item equals winter outfit. So, this lookbook actually inspired me to come up with a few new combinations from the items in my wardrobe to share with you and help spice up the last few weeks of winter. It’s a win-win!
Look one is definitely my favourite, and it’s actually due to this long-line top that I haven’t worn in over a year. I had the incentive of the blog to have a bit of a play with forgotten items in my wardrobe and create new outfits, however, I recommend the experience to you as well. If you have an hour or two spare on a Sunday afternoon, grab a glass of wine, turn on some music, have a dance around your room and try to put some new outfits together. It can make you feel like you have some new additions to your wardrobe without having to touch your wallet. Bonus tip; take photos of the outfits on your phone so you have something to reference on those days when you don’t have time for your whole wardrobe to end up on your bed because you can’t work out what to wear.
Now, back to the outfit. (Queen of tangents over here.) The long-line top in question is a good way to dip a toe in the waters of the wearing dresses over pants trend that is just gaining traction. I know it sounds strange and foreign, so I’ll most likely talk about it more in an upcoming Water and Wine blog series post but basically, it’s about having fun with your silhouettes and it’s also super practical (no risk of flashing). The more of your jeans you can see the less unusual it will seem. The big slits on either side of this top help with that and show off my new favourite jeans. I know! I said that skinny leg jeans were basically dead to me and I was fully devoted to flares, so this feels a little blasphemous and contradictory, but these are technically Mum jeans. The high waist, relaxed cut and light wash of these Levi’s hit that vintage sweet spot.
I threw over a maxi cardigan because duh it’s cold but also because it lines up with the length of the top which encourages synchronicity in the outfit. Now let’s talk about this hat! This very nearly didn’t take up permanent residency in my wardrobe but in hindsight, I’m oh so glad it did. Accessories can really take a look from “meh” to magic and this Brixton hat has that ability in spades. Of course, I matched the brown of the hat with my brown ankle boots, popped on a long necklace and voilà, a boho chic outfit to get you through the dregs of winter.
Look number two is a slightly elevated version of that standard winter fashion formula we talked about at the beginning. I didn’t want to beat you over the head with my leather jacket from my previous posts, so I decided to substitute it for my leather pants instead. Leather is a perfect texture to play with in winter and is the same as fur in that you can safely bet that it will be around again next year as well. These are faux leather, but they look a lot more real and expensive than others I’ve seen. These ones from The Iconic are a great alternative to real leather as leather pants won’t be an essential ‘water’ piece for everyone and real leather has quite the price tag.
They are a great substitute for when you are sick of wearing jeans day after day and can be dressed up or down. These leather pants with my black mules are giving me major Sandra Dee vibes and my chills are multiplying but not literally as this shawl is keeping me nice and warm (ba-dum-ching). This is actually a massive scarf I got from Zara when I was in Germany during their winter season. Items like this are multi-use as they are great to wrap around your neck for the colder days and can then be transitioned into a shawl as the end of winter looms and the weather starts to get a little warmer. It was all I needed over this dressy, tight-knit sweater top hybrid.
This forest green has almost become a neutral for me and I’m loving finding more and more of it in stores lately. Think of it almost like a black when pairing it with other items and you’ll find it is quite an easy colour to integrate into your wardrobe. I added a thick velvet choker for a bit of edge and personality and all together it’s a handy dinner and drinks outfit that will make you stand out from those other cookie cutter winter outfits.
Our third and final look is the dressiest of the bunch. If you are anything like me you avoid going out in the winter and would much rather stay in and watch Netflix’s in your pj’s with a cup of tea instead, bliss! However, we are nearing the end of winter and the weather is a little more bearable and we need to come out of hibernation eventually, so a skivvy is the armour I want to give you for the task. Remember when you were little, and your mum called them skivvies and you hated wearing them, but she made you because they would keep you warm. Well, it’s come full circle because I’m now the mum in this scenario. Now we refer to them as turtlenecks which can I just say, has got to be one of the most hilarious and appropriate names for a clothing item ever!
A black turtleneck has quickly become a very useful ‘water’ piece in my wardrobe. Mum was right! They actually do keep you warm and they are great on their own for a sleek, chic look or can be great layering pieces. Try layering them under t-shirts or cami’s for a 90’s look or like I have done here, under one of your going out dresses. I kept it monochromatic and chic with a matching black dress with little white polka dots. The frills around the bust and hemline help give me curves where I don’t have them and when you have the body type of a 12-year-old boy, it’s a lot more flattering than just a straight skin-tight number, trust me! (Keep an eye out for a post on dressing for your silhouette.)
Lot’s of different dresses can work over a turtleneck so have a play next time you need to venture out on a cold night. Yes, your legs will still be cold but contrary to popular belief, I don’t have all the answers. And might I add, you are wearing a skivvy for god’s sake, add tights to the look and you’ll look like a Mormon’s daughter. Beauty is pain my friend. I jazzed the look up with some statement earrings, popped on my dancing shoes and I’m ready to party like it’s 1999!
Well, that’s all folks! I hope that gave you the inspiration you needed to avoid outfit repeating for the rest of the season. It’s a big week for Water and Wine Wardrobe as we have created our first video that you would have already seen at the top of this post courtesy of Rose at Velvet Wings Media! We have also embarked on our first blog makeover thanks to Adara at Studia Creative. This is just the beginning of creating the perfect home for Water and Wine Wardrobe, but I’d love for you to have a bit of an explore around the new website before you go. I also wanted to take this opportunity to show my overwhelming appreciation to Rose and Adara who have had enough faith in this brand to join me on its journey. The work that they have both put in is beyond anything I could have asked for or expected, and I am forever humbled by their skill and creativity. Thank you just doesn’t seem to cut it. And thank you all for taking time out of your day to hang out with me talking about what I love. There is plenty more to come!
Photography: Adara Neradil at Studia Creative
Videographer: Rose Newland at Velvet Wings Media