As a stylist, there are seven jackets I recommend having in your closest in order to survive Canberra’s chill, and not look like your wearing a snuggie.
1. Leather jacket
The leather jacket. This is a piece that will never date. It is your go-to from work to drinks with your gal pals. Perfect for layering with denim, knits and scarves, and it also crosses over well into athleisure looks. There are always great PU and real leather options from most stores. Opt for plainer styles if you prefer classic dressing, and for the more fashion brave, embellishment adds a point of difference.
2. Trench coat
The classic trench is as iconic as the leather jacket. It is a fashion fail-safe item, a no-brainer really, as it goes with a number of styles. It’s great with corporate wear, and just as good with jeans, a knit and some converse sneakers. Reach for a neutral trench for an effortless, classic look. To take it up a notch, opt for this season’s re-invented trench in high sheen PVC fabrics.
3. Rain coat
As an adult, I think the value of a good raincoat is under-appreciated. There is nothing worse than getting caught in the rain and sitting at your desk in wet clothes. Clear or printed raincoats are a great way to keep dry and to let your fashion style be seen.
4. Faux fur
We all like to feel a bit extra sometimes. A faux fur coat will take you to that level. It has the ability to take a simple look of jeans and heels to sex and the city status. With so many options of lengths, colours, prints and textures, it’s hard to choose just one faux fur style (good luck!).
5. Over coat
Okay, every woman should have at least one overcoat. This is the jacket that will hurt your bank balance as you want to invest in a well-made coat that’s going to last. I usually prefer lined wool or cashmere coats. This season, it is all about the check print but classics like camel, grey and black are always a smart investment. Opt for classic cuts and try it on with a jumper when you are in store. No point in buying a jacket if all you can fit underneath is a singlet. This is a jacket that you can wear to work and to formal occasions. Expect this to last you a minimum two to three seasons (if not more).
6. Puffer jacket
With the snowy mountains overlooking Canberra, we all have experienced that winter wind that chills you to your bones. A puffer jacket is the perfect barrier for walks around the city or when you are at a sporting match watching your loved ones. A classic black puffer with goose down filling will keep you nice and toasty for years to come. Kathmandu is a great place to pick these up, and if you want to save a little, buy them at the end of the season when they go on sale as styles generally don’t change dramatically. Explore fashion options such as this silver piece once you have your basics sorted.
7. Wild card
Okay, so I think every woman should reserve one spot in their wardrobe for a wild card jacket.
This is the jacket you buy when you want to: a) make an entrance but b) want to keep warm. Look for bright colours, textured fabrics or embellishments. It’s the jacket that has the special something but you can’t justify it, it’s simply the ‘just because’ jacket.
Try some of these style tips to jazz up your winter wardrobe – have fun!
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