Winter is fast approaching - temperatures have dropped, the leaves are (finally) falling, and the Christmas drinks are well and truly flowing. Which means it's time to dig out your weather proof style essentials and prepare your Winter wardrobe! And what better way to get started than with a Winter lookbook? Here's a couple of outfits I've been wearing during the hit and miss weather of the end of Autumn period.
1. Contrasting Patterns
Coat - Zara / Sweatshirt - Whistles (similar here) / Skinny Jeans - Zara / Scarf - Accessorize (similar here) / Brogues - Russell & Bromley (similar here)
Red tartan is a British staple, and what better way to incorporate it into your wardrobe than in the form of a big cosy scarf? And maybe along with some contrasting patterns, for example the breton stripe, and a bit of leopard print. I got these brogues years ago from Russell & Bromley, and I've only just rediscovered them - they are the perfect pair of flats for the changing weather, and can amplify any outfit with their chic yet fun style.
2. Denim & Knee Highs
Trench coat - Aquascutum (similar here) / Roll-neck thermal - Wolford / Skirt - Stradivarius / Knee-High boots - Stuart Weitzman for Russell & Bromley (similar here)/ Bag - Coccinelle (similar colour here)
An outfit that I would wear for a London city day out. The denim button down skirt and roll-neck combination gives that hint back to the swinging sixties, which is something a love. Add a classic beige trench coat, and then some added height (and warmth) with these classic black knee-high boots, and what else would you need?
3. Thrills & Frills
Coat - Mango (similar here) / Shirt - Ralph Lauren (Outlet) (similar here)/ Trousers - M&S (Per Una) (similar here)/ Ankle Boots - Russell & Bromley / Bag - Furla
A slightly smarter, but still casual enough look that's perfect for those days when I want to inject a bit of Victoriana into my wardrobe. Paired with these olive green peg-leg trousers, and boyfriend style coat, I think this is a perfect Autumnal outfit that is also capable of transitioning into Winter territory.
4. The Patchwork Boots
Many people would classify a shirt as floaty and ethereal as this one in the 'Summer-wardrobe-only' category - but not me. I think when paired with the right Winter pieces, it really gives life to an outfit - who says we can't wear white blouses in the colder weather? Especially when paired with these suede patchwork boots in Autumnal colours. Keep your Winter wardrobe alive - you don't need to just wear black, brown and aubergine.
5. A hint of Punk
Coat - Zara / Jumper - Vintage (similar here) / Trousers - Ralph Lauren Outlet (similar here) / Patent Boots - Topshop (similar here) / Bag - Coccinelle (similar colour here)
Another addition to my tartan collection are these green tartan jeans that I found in the Ralph Lauren outlet store in Bicester Village. They add a great element of punk to any outfit, but are still smart, especially when paired with a black roll neck jumper and a pair of patent leather pointed toe boots.
6. The White Jeans
Coat - Vintage / Sweatshirt - Whistles (similar here) / Jeans - Topshop / Trainers - Adidas Superstars / Neck Scarf - Bits & Bobs Vintage / Lipstick - NARS Hard-Wired in Deadly Catch (similar here)
I don't think white jeans should be conformed to the 'Summer-wardrobe-only' category as well, as when paired with the correct items, they can make any Winter outfit pop. Paired with a faux fur collar-coat, some french-style additions, and a bright red lip, why not?