Hello Winter, my old friend...
I welcome you with open arms because as much as I love a cute summer sandal, I love layering pieces even more - and you make that very necessary!
In celebration of the weather cooling down, I have put together my top 3 outerwear suggestions for this season AND have made each suggestion shoppable for a variety of budgets. Whether you are able to splurge on a designer item (lucky you!) or want to save some cash without compromising too much on quality or just want the best bang for your buck - I've got you covered with this Splurge, Save or Steal series.
Top 3 Winter Outerwear Buys
1. The Checked Double Breasted Jacket
A tailored, check-plaid jacket is a must this season and should you wish to purchase one, just walk into any store on the high street and they are bound to have their own version. The two main colour combos you will find are grey/white and camel/brown. Personally, I've chosen to go for the camel colour as it adds warmth to my mostly black wardrobe and has a much more classic feel to it. I also recommend the double breasted style (two front columns of buttons) to emanate a more powerful air.
#styledmyway FIND Women's Check Double Breasted Jacket by Amazon
2. The Red Wool Coat
Red is THE colour of the season and I have to be honest with you, at first I was a little apprehensive at the thought of including a bright red coat into the wardrobe mix. Not because I'm afraid of how bright it is but rather due to the fact that my high school uniform consisted of a fire-engine red blazer and didn't want to feel like I was back in Year 12! Time to embrace the red and give a needed colour injection into life, and here are my picks to do so...
3. The Leather and Shearling Jacket
I've gone with Acne Studios for my designer inspiration as their cult-classic Velocite shearling jacket is to die for and so well suited to a British winter. Closely mimicking the design and cozy feel of the Acne piece, the Save and Steal options do a good job at providing a more affordable option. Styled with a pair of skinny jeans or patterned stockings & a shift dress, this jacket will become a winter wardrobe staple.
Over the past two months I have worked on building up a collection of *mainly* basics from a mixture of Australian designer and luxury brands. These key items are good for mixing and matching to achieve a variety of different looks - a 'must' for getting the most out of your £££.
If you're interested in how I've styled key items, check out my instagram @closet.chronicles for inspiration!
Below are my new wardrobe additions, along with links for where to buy - happy shopping!
Let me know if you have already, or will end up adding, any of these items to your closet!
What to do on a long weekend – why not visit France?! At least that’s what I was thinking before May 29th. So Callum and I, along with some friends from Manchester, ventured over the channel to visit northern France. Needless to say, we had an amazing time and can now tick another destination off of our European travel checklist!
I still pinch myself that these sort of trips are possible whilst living in the UK – a weekend trip to any European country from Brisbane – tell him he’s dreaming!
Read on to find out what we did, where we ate and what I wore...
WHAT WE DID
I didn’t think we’d be able to pack this much in to the three day trip but voilà! Here’s the list of what we got up to in Northern France:
Walking tour through Lille city centre and Vieux-Lille (old town Lille)
Marvelled at the sights including the Grand Place, Old Stock Exchange, Chambre de Commerce, Place du Theatre & Lille Cathedral.
WHAT WE ATE
WHAT I WORE
1. THE CORSET BELT
A belt can do wonders for an outfit; it has the power to accentuate your waist and can almost give an outfit a new look. I especially love the corset trend and am choosing to honour it in the form of a belt rather than a traditional corset.
Belt over an oversized t-shirt and jeans for edgy chic or cinch in a long-line blazer for a tailored twist on the trend.
You may have already seen this Gucci t-shirt everywhere this season and for good reason, it’s fashionable as hell!
I won't deny that I LOVE this tee but I can’t justify the £320 price tag - not when I live 40 mins away from an airport that can take me to 140 destinations across Europe in under 3 hours...
Still, I will be harnessing this printed t-shirt trend but rather than brand names plastered across the front, I’m looking for hip catch-phrases or cheeky statements.
I’ve already got a shortlist of tees, all under £25, which I'll share with you below. Now for the difficult task of choosing which one!
Leave a comment below and let me know which is your favourite. x
I love a good boot. The kind of boot that you can put on in the morning and then spend hours navigating the cobbled streets in Paris, walking kilometres along the Champs-Élysées and still feel like your feet will live to fight another day.
When I was living in Australia, I used to buy my boots from Jo Mercer – I worked there as a uni student so knew the product inside out. I always found them to be of good quality, comfortable and could stand the test of time. I had one pair of ankle boots from there that were still going strong, even after 8 years, but were due for an upgrade. Now, living in a new country and still getting used to which are the best brands for what I prefer, I have found my boot upgrade in the form of Aldo’s ‘Tatianna’.
At £90, they’re not the cheapest boots out there but they do meet my specific list of 'musts': leather upper, almond pointed toe, western style and mid heel (5cm – low enough to walk around in all day but high enough to still feel dressed up).
And yes, they are comfortable! I also like to put an insole into all of my boots since I find it greatly improves the comfort during an all-day wear, which I have also done with this pair.
It’s looking like these are going to be a well-utilised addition to my wardrobe until I am able to upgrade to my dream pair – the Saint Laurent Rock 40 Leather Chelsea boots - but until then, keep walking, Tatianna!
To be honest, I’ve never really thought about wearing anything gingham before now. To me, this was always a fabric I associated with tablecloths and napkins. Case in point below…
Considering the amount of gingham fabric I’ve seen splashed all over fashion magazines and in stores at the moment, I figured that it’s having a moment and I should give it a chance… and I’m so glad I did.
I found this great, inexpensive clothing website, SheIn, which led to me getting this top as I loved two things about it – the ruffled sleeves (also having a moment this season) and the big bow at the front. Another great thing about this style of top is that it cinches in at the waist, giving you a nice silhouette.
While I have styled it with a leather mini, I think that it works well with everything from skinny jeans, wide leg pants (palazzo) and fitted skirts. Unless you are a wizard with mixing prints, I’d stick to plainer fabrics on the bottom half and let the top half be the centre of attention.
Top: SheIn £18.09
Skirt: Primark (available in-store only)
Shoes: Jo Mercer (previous season)
Necklace: Closet Chronicles
It’s no understatement that I love a statement earring.
Last weekend, I was in Manchester visiting some friends who have recently moved over to the UK from Australia. While we were in town, I popped into MANGO since it is one of my favourite high street retailers and, much to my dismay, does not have a store in Cambridge! Once I locked eyes on these beauties I was besotted and started planning out how they were going to fit in with my spring/summer wardrobe - very easily was the answer.
I wear a lot of black and white so I liked the fact that these earrings could add a little ‘something something’ to an otherwise plain outfit.
MANGO Fruit Earrings - £12.99