At the start of a new season, it’s always the same. I look in my wardrobe and think – what on earth did I wear last year?!
So, to help update my look for winter I caught up with Jo Blankfield, a stylist extraordinaire at Westfield Southland. What I liked most about Jo, was that her approach is about choosing key pieces that feel fresh and up-to-date, but not necessarily dressing head to toe in trends.
Here are Jo’s suggestions for five key pieces that will instantly update your winter wardrobe…
The Statement Shoe
This season everyone’s talking about metal hardware, embellishment and texture. One of the easiest way to tap this trend is by updating your accessories.
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Novo Shoes have a gold studded ankle boot (RRP $89.95) that’s exclusive to Westfield. It’s incredibly versatile so wear them with jeans or stockings and a dress. Also, the heel isn’t too high so you can wear them day to day, while the gold hardware means you can also wear them out at night.
Or for something that’s on trend with the ladylike look we’re seeing a lot of, Bett’s have a classic court shoe with a gold capped toe. These heels (RRP $89.99) are exclusive to Westfield and are the type of piece that won’t date so they’ll take you through this season and beyond.
The Winter Coat
A classic, well shaped coat is a must. After all, just because you want to be warm and comfortable, doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish.
When it comes to outerwear you definitely get what you pay for. So, if you’re unsure about forking out a bit more for a piece you really love, get a reality check of just how much your invest piece is truly worth by checking out Westfield’s nifty Cost Per Wear Calculator.
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Usually most of us stick to a black or beige coat for winter, but this cloud blue one from David Lawrence (RRP $449) is just as versatile and exclusive to Westfield. Jo said that the majority of skin tones suit this shade of blue and because it is an overcoat style and has such a beautiful shape, once you put it on it actually becomes the outfit.
The Embellished Top
While winter’s colour palette is pretty dark, an embellished top will give your look a lift.
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Jeanswest have a grey, embellished singlet top (RRP $49.99) that is exclusive to Westfield. It’s a transeasonal piece that can be worn all year round. So, for the coming cooler months style it with skinny jeans and a leather jacket or with a cardigan, slim pants and ballet flats.
The Print Pant
While print pants have been sitting in the background and gradually trending for awhile, they’re huge this season. The most flattering styles have a slim leg shape and print that is vertical and small scale – so keep an eye out for these ones!
And when it comes to putting together an outfit with print pants, Jo suggests wearing a top that is neutral (like white or black) or that picks up one colour from your pants. Or if you’re more confidant try print clash but always remember to compliment not compete by choosing patterns that have matching undertones.
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These Witchery jeans ($149.95) are a foolproof way to dabble in prints and are the type of statement piece that will work well with much-loved items you already own.
Or how about these monochrome pants from Glassons (RRP $49.99) that Jo herself is looking mighty fine in?! Just add some accessories to give your look an edge and you’re good to go.
The Leather Piece
From pants and skirts to tops and jackets, leather is everywhere for winter – and it’s not just real leather that’s making an impact. There are some great leather look pieces out there that have serious style kudos without the big spend.
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One of the best tips Jo gave me was to head into Just Jeans for a genuine leather jacket like this one (RRP $199). All their leather jackets come in under $300 and she says the quality is exceptional.
The other leather piece Jo was raving about were these leather ponte pants from Portmans (RRP $129.95). She said they are identical in quality and fit to a designer pair she bought a year ago, but at about a quarter of the price. Got to love that!