With winter well and truly underway in Melbourne, it’s pretty important to have that extra layer of warmth when leaving the house, particularly on those icy cold mornings. Although most fashion people always say they love winter because they love winter fashion – the layering, the coats, the OTK boots etcetera etcetera – surprisingly, it has actually never really been for me. As a true summer-gal at heart, I find winter – or more specifically, winter fashion quite difficult. I don’t like having to wear a stack of layers but alternatively I despise being cold.
Having only recently properly acquainted myself with the Melbourne based label ELKA COLLECTIVE, I’ve been really getting right around their AW17 collection this season. With a super relaxed, somewhat feminine and ridiculously wearable aesthetic to all their items, their collection has managed to form quite a base for my Autumn wardrobe. I have found their clothes to be super transeasonal-friendly, with items that can easily be worn on hotter or cooler days, depending how you choose to style them.
If this is the first you are hearing about the ‘colour of the season‘ being fire-engine-red/mulberry/burgundy, then you’ve probably been living under a very-unfashionable-rock… That or I guess maybe you did not attend VAMFF earlier this month. Either way, these colours are seriously everything and indeed everywhere right now. Fire engine red is, as far as I am concerned, always in fashion. It may have its moments some seasons more than others, but the colour is a true staple and style classic. All the colour tones and varieties surrounding bright red however are super A/W ’17 and definitely the main colour palette heading down the runway this season.
Having only just gotten back from Noosa early this week, settling back into Melbourne-freezing-cold-life has been somewhat of a struggle and as such, I plan to live vicariously through my own images for the next – say – 3 to 5 months – just until my frosty fingers have regained heat* and/or the sunshine comes back in Melbourne – whatever comes first will do.
Having recently returned from slightly cooler days in the US of A, I was feeling all kinds of inspired by winter-wear situations currently happening on the other side of the world, so thought I’d share a little winter-inspired lust-list, for all those currently frolicking around in milder-temperatures.
FRIENDS WITH FRANK JACKET / H&M MERINO WOOL TURTLE NECK / VINTAGE JEANS / OROTON BELT / CONVERSE SHOES
Current situation; all cuddled up wearing this cozy rabbit fur coat by Friends With Frank; located, in the tiniest of corners at an overpriced, under-flavoured café on campus (…yes University has once again, begun – I know, seriously – what even?) sipping non-other than my usual caffeinated liquid gold and hopelessly wishing that my under-seasoned toastie would magically turn into ‘smashed avo’ from one of these cafes…
NASTY GAL SKIRT / JO MERCER BOOTS / ZARA TOP / VINTAGE HAT
WE MADE IT! Happy FriYAY EVERYONE! Time to relax, unwind, drink cocktails – (see last post for the best ones!), eat pizza, stop working at 4pm, etcetera, etcetera! AND what better way to wrap up the week then with a fresh new outfit collaboration with NASTY GAL. Ever since my early high school days, Nasty Gal has been my go-to online-shop for all things on trend at an affordable price point. As the 70s trend continues to somewhat take over my Instagram-feed, I was looking forward to playing around with the trend a bit, whilst still maintaining my own personal style. Wearing the Nasty Gal Electric Ladyland Suede Skirt, I added a black turtleneck for a. warmth, but mainly b. because I literally live for a good turtleneck*, an over-the-knee statement boot for outfit balance, and a black squared-off, structured hat for a wintery, festival-inspired twist. I waited for the perfect afternoon light on the perfect winter-sunshine day to compliment the moody, dreamy, carefree, somewhat effortless feel to the look.
JO MERCER BOOTS / VINTAGE BLAZER / HAMPTON THE LABEL SHORTS / OROTON BELT / JIMMY CHOO BAG / VINTAGE SCARF
I tried something a little different this week, whilst attending the Hawkeye Vintage Designer Pop-up Sale. I’ve always been a huge fan of over-the-knee boots; if you find the right ones, they will literally make an outfit. Frankly, I have spent years searching for the perfect pair – black, heel not-too-high, loose fit over the knee, rounded toe, plus a little extra something, something – yes, I am quite picky, and not just with my shoes (*wink face*)… So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I spotted this pair from Jo Mercer! Boot-fection! (… just like perfection, except for boots…). Moving along, I paired my new booties with a vintage pin-stripe over-sized, over-shoulder-pad-ed blazer, skimpy, somewhat non-existent, black lace shorts, a chunky belt, a turtle neck, because, winter is coming, and a Parisian-inspired vintage scarf hanging from my simple, but timeless, Jimmy Choo bag.
It is not often that I find myself dressed head to toe in ‘all black everything’. Although I recognise that wearing all black is practically the compulsory uniform of a Melbournian and anyone who doesn’t conform to this Scandinavian inspired theme should be deported to an exotic island where no clothes are required at all… but for some reason, I always find myself throwing in some kind of colour, even if it only be a matching lip to hair to coffee-cup situation (total coincidence… I swear…).
There is something very beautiful about Copenhagen in the winter… after typing this it became all the more clear to me that I hadn’t actually seen it in the Summer, but I almost don’t even feel like I need to… The following is a collection of some photos I took whilst in Copenhagen a few months ago. Irrespective of the $8 cups of coffee, almost getting killed by cyclists on a daily basis and the fact that it was undeniably the coldest climate my poor fragile body has ever been exposed to, Copenhagen truly was a winter wonderland…