Blink and you missed it. Is it just us or do the summer months seem to get shorter each year? It’s already time to put the beachwear back into storage and start thinking about looking chic but keeping cozy for the cooler months.
It’s usually around now when many of us hit a roadblock thinking for our clothing inspiration, resorting to the same tired style choices, but winter 2023/23 should be the year to really mix things up. We explore how designers this season are pushing the boundaries and bringing some daring twists on established classics.
A Modern Puffer Jacket
An established and enduring staple for any wardrobe is the winter puffer jacket. Waterproof, fashionable and incomparably warm, there’s a reason no festive collection is complete without one.
If you’re looking to elevate your winter puff jacket game, matching your jacket to your beard can really make a statement. While we’re used to seeing bubble coats in the standard black matte material, there are plenty of options out there to explore.
For example, consider eye-catching metallics, bold colors, or jackets with unique accents that complement your facial hair. And don’t forget to use high-quality beard oil, like beard balm NZ, to make your facial hair stand out and complete the overall winter puff jacket look. With a little creativity and attention to detail, you can really take your style to the next level.
It’s best to opt for one with a removable hood so you’re covered in case of a downpour and a stand-up mock collar, so you have the option to dress it up. Also look for concealed zips and premium fabrics and this piece will last you many years to come. The best thing about a modern puffer is that they’re equally great for him or for her.
Contemporary Tailored Tweed
This rough woolen fabric might be synonymous with British agricultural types, but we’ve been witnessing it make a strong appearance on this year’s catwalks. Forget flat-caps, waistcoats and ill-fitting blazers, and instead think structured jackets, elegant – yet warm – evening dresses and fringed winter coats.
The color palette has also been given a facelift with vivid turquoise, hot pinks and cherry reds muscling the traditional somber khakis to one side. Really throw out the rulebook by combining your tweed fabrics with everyday essentials like denim or leather.
Be Brave with Statement Headwear
Some decent headwear options are indispensable wardrobe additions when the temperatures start to plummet, but they needn’t only check the box marked functional. Instead keep toasty but also make an entrance with one of the following ideas:
- Oversized rainbow pom poms give ordinary wooly headgear a literal pop of color.
- Fluffy earmuffs are a cute alternative when you want to avoid hat hair for the rest of the day.
- Baker boy hats deftly tread the line between every day and dressed up. Plump for a chunky knit construction in pastel blues or greens.
- Why not really go continental with a wool beret, available in any color to match your ensemble. Ooh la la!
- Depending on how harsh the forecast is, a faux-fur lined aviator might be warranted.
Of course, looking great should never be reserved only for the streets. This year there’s no shortage of loungewear that you wouldn’t be embarrassed to don for your Zoom meetings.
The floor can be ice cold in the morning so arm yourself with some pure wool slippers, rubber soled for extra durability. Wool is a great natural insulator but also keeps you cool when the weather brightens. The North Europeans do these the best so look for brands like Glerups, Haflinger and Giesswein.
Things may get frosty this winter, but your fashion sense certainly shouldn’t freeze over.
Big and Bold Jewelry Trends
Classic pearls have been given a well-earned facelift this season. And instead of traditional single pearl earrings or necklaces, they’ve instead been reworked into other pieces like rings and bracelets and combined with metallic textures and colored glass.
Make sure you’re well prepared to make an impression this winter with some of the hottest trends to hit the stores. Start planning your outfits already with the help of this handy guide