Anyone who knows me well also knows that autumn and winter are my all-time favourite seasons when it comes to fashion. The trends are easy to follow, and who doesn’t want to feel like they’re wearing a giant blanket around for clothing all day every day? I know I do. So I thought I would run through my top three style essentials for the cooler months of the year.
Black Ankle Boots
Starting with my favourite, I feel that everyone should own at least one really nice pair of heeled ankle-boots. You can always get thrifty and shop around for a bargain – I recommend keeping an eye out for factory-outlets and go in to the sale sections of all your favourite online shoe stores. If you’re lucky, you can find awesome styles from last season that are just as chic now as they were back then. In my preference, I think leather is always a good option, however you will want to water-proof these with a protecting shoe spray designed specifically for that reason.
This is one piece that I highly recommend putting an investment into. Leather jackets are damn expensive, in fact mine happens to be the most expensive piece of clothing I’ve ever purchased, and will continue to be the biggest clothing purchase of my life – until I one day buy my wedding dress. But I digress.
I’ve had mine for around three years now, and it’s still going strong. I wear it pretty much every single day, and it happens to be the garment I’ve had in my wardrobe for the longest amount of time. It’s amazing for warmth, as the leather protects from the cold and keeps the warmth in too. Plus, they make you look like a total badass, and if that’s not going to convince you that you need one, I don’t know what will.
Being 5’0”, it isn’t difficult for me to find a good oversized knit, as most things are oversized on me. But these are one of the pieces that usually get me through the winter months. They’re amazing for layering over collared shirts, and the perfect companion to a leather jacket or oversized coat.
By the end of the season mine usually get a bit tired-looking, so with this one acceptation, I tend to opt for a less-expensive option — I always end up with unrepairable pulls, pilling and stretched out arms. To make them last, you may also want to invest in some triangle hangers with the bar connected so that you can fold them in half and hang them rather than hanging them from the neck – as doing that will encourage your jumper to stretch out of shape and ain’t nobody got time for that.
I do love shopping, but I usually never make any purchases that I know I won’t get my money’s worth from. The best part about these three items is that they can be worn all year around, either by pairing things right back, or adding more layers to your outfits.
Written by Jessica Alves