The turn of the Season is coming, and the Autumn/Winter stock for 2014 is starting to appear on the racks. This brings a special kind of excitement for me. I love winter. I love the clothes, the fashion, the coolness of the air and trips to even chillier Melbourne to visit family. Where I live, in the Gold Coast Hinterland in South East Queensland, we don’t really have a ‘winter’ as such. It is more 3 months of mild weather where the sun shines, the temperature stabilises at a pleasant 21-24 celsius during the day, and plummets to a mild 10-15c at night time. On really cold nights, it may even get down to 8 or 9c. We still manage to light our beautiful wood fire, which is a feature in our living area during those months, as although we have a mild winter, we still feel the chill, particularly in the woodland valley we live in.
Here is a picture of the first lighting of the fire in June 2012 when our beloved Boxer Dog, Brandy, was still with us. He loved winter as much as I did. His favourite spot was always right by the fire, bless him. (After being a faithful and true companion to our family for over 12 years, Brandy went to explore more heavenly pastures in February 2012. He was a Prince among Dogs and is still missed)
This post is about the styles that are coming into store. A couple of my picks include a staple denim jacket by Sussan. I bought the same version of this jacket in white last September and have had so much use out of it, I wondered why I’d never bought the denim one, so it is currently on lay-by, waiting for the temps to drop a little before I get it. Word is that ‘denim is hot’ for AW in Aus 2014….
The other staple for the wardrobe is the classic chino pant. I have always preferred chinos to jeans, for the simple reason that they are my preference for comfort. I have a girlfriend who has a different shaped body, with gorgeous long legs, and her staple is blue denim with her signature man-style shirt, and it looks awesome. But for me, I think I overdid the (acid-wash) denim in the ’80s and now prefer the ‘middle path’. These are delightful, again by Sussan. They are a more casual fabric than some of the others on offer, and they have a very narrow ankle, which suits my shape. They are stretchy and look terrific paired with the denim jacket.
Being a perpetual sucker for the classic striped breton T-shirt, I also signed up for this gorgeous little number, which comes complete with it’s own bling.
If I lived in colder climes, this adorable winter parka by Country Road would be my go-to jacket of choice. Love the navy colour and the faux fur around the hood.
And finally, I love this look which is in the new Country Road Catalogue for AWW14. Just my style: a cheeky stripe breton, a moto or denim jacket, a pair of slim pants/chinos and chunky soled shoe. I’m a sucker for anything ‘mannish’ in women’s fashion. (Again with the stripes…)
Have you started planning your Autumn/Winter wardrobe yet? Which pieces are you coveting?