Winter wardrobe buys for 2015

Winter is just around the corner, so put away the nice summer dresses, your comfortable shorts, and easy to wear sandals, and get ready for big coats, boots, and warm pants.

Moneybags journalist, Ashleigh Brown, has a look at winter fashion trends, and where you can buy your warm winter wardrobe online so that you don’t have to be affected by the cold.

Unfortunately when it comes to updating your wardrobe a winter one will generally cost more than a summer one. It’s easy to get away with minimalist dresses, tank tops and shorts for summer. However, with winter clothing you usually have to layer up and this can get expensive.

With some winter jackets easily costing R700 and up, and a decent pair of jeans costing R120 and up, you better have a budget to keep warm.

But, then again Bo Derek once said that “whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.”

Though, there are always bargains to be found. Before spending all your money check your local second hand stores, or even factory shops.

Winter wardrobes can be fun, because, let’s face it, who doesn’t enjoy layers? With all the soft faux furs, nice knitted cardigans, and beanies lining the shelves, I am excited to cuddle up in a new winter wardrobe.

Comfort first and foremost

Winter – really, any season’s wardrobe should be about comfort. You don’t want to be pulling at your jersey, or tugging at your pants all day.

The only person who knows you better than anyone else is you. Make sure that whatever you buy for winter is comfortable and suits you.

Your clothes are an extension of yourself, and no fashion magazines can tell you who you are.

So when you go shopping for your winter wardrobe make sure you buy what you will want to wear, and will enjoy wearing.

Colours

Winter can be dull, but your wardrobe doesn’t have to be. Luxo, an online fashion blog, says that winter does not need to be about dull colours like blacks and browns.

You can mix up your wardrobe, and add spots of colour to keep upbeat this winter. Mr Price has warm jerseys with splashes of colour that can be mixed with a deep maroon pair of pants.

According to Fashionishing.com prime colours are the colours of winter this year. Prime colours are colours such as blue, cyan, magenta, yellow, red, and green.

Superbalist hasn’t quite gotten into the swing of winter, but has some amazing collections for autumn. You can find warm jackets, beanies, and a whole host of other clothes.

Superbalist’s prices are similar to Zando and Spree, offering more name-brand items.

Shoes

Marilyn Monroe once said: “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.”

Having wet feet from stepping in puddles, or frozen toes because your shoes were just not right for the weather is a big no-no. Invest in a good pair of boots.

Boots can be worn with a multitude of styles, can beworn in most weather conditions, and are comfortable.

Zando has a pair of brown high Utopia boots for R299. Tuck jeans into these to give you a ‘horse rider’ look, or pair them with a nice dress and thick stockings.

Spree has a lot of different boots on offer. From ankle boots, high heels, and flats, to hiking boots, they have them all. The prices, though, are a bit steep.

Woolworths also has a host of shoes available on their online store. But, unlike with Spree, you can walk into a Woolworths and try on what you like.

shoes

Source: Woolworths.

When it comes to buying boots it is best if you can try them on. They might look great in the photo, but then they can be too tight around your legs, or too loose.

But, if you don’t want boots, and want a nice pair of Oxfords, or even just some takkies, then look no further than Mr Price, which has an affordable range.

Coats

According to Marie Claire, long coats are a must this winter. To keep with the trends, the pink statement coat is the one you want.

A coat is a very personal clothing item to buy. People have different likes and dislikes, in addition to some styles not suiting certain body types.

For example, a shorter person might not like to wear a mid-calf coat, as it may make them appear shorter, while someone who is very tall may not like above the knee length coats as they may appear an awkward length due to their height.

Spree has a simple black trench coat from Edit for R699. It is currently only available in size 36.

Zando has the Captive8 Cape Jacket Black for R999 available in sizes 18, 20 and 24.

Superbalist.com has the Sienne Trenchcoat from Vero Moda in black available in sizes small to large for R499.

trench coat

Source: Superbalist, Sienne Trenchoat.

Accessories

Once you have your warm jackets, and stylish boots, don’t forget to accessorise. Beanies are back in fashion this year, and are a great way to keep you warm too.

Get a black beanie from Superbalist, with a cute pom-pom on top, or a nice fedora from Woolworths.

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Source: Woolworths, Fedora.

With your accessories make sure to invest in a good pair of stockings. Rather spend a little more money on a thick pair that won’t ladder easily, and will keep you warm.

Big and bold is also top of Vogue’s list for accessories for winter 2015. If you don’t like being bold with your clothes opt to be so with big clutch bags, large geometrical shaped earrings, and statement necklaces.

If you are looking for jewellery in all colours and shapes, then head on over to Lovisa. There are stores in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, and Pretoria.

Can’t afford to splash out too much on accessories? Why not get a bag from Jet for R149.99 to keep you looking good?

If it’s clothing or accessories that you need there are always ways to find them on the cheap. The key is to set aside dedicated time to browse around and get the right deal.

Winter is coming, and with that you need to have the clothes to fight the cold. Make sure that you have the money before you go on a shopping spree. Looking good is one thing, but don’t look good at the expense of not keeping a roof over your head.