GUEST POST: Break the winter wardrobe cliches

Winter is around the corner! Here’s a guest post by an Aussie writer to get you winter wardrobe ready.

Break the winter wardrobe chicles
By: Claire Hastings

Oh Europe, the cradle of the fashion industry! I am mesmerized by brave and elegant styles of Milan, Paris, Rome, London, and Barcelona, and religiously follow fashion weeks online (Paris is my favorite, but hush-hush). I long to experience cold winter and windy fall so I could finally wear those adorable coats, scarves, and boots, and rock an umbrella as an accessory (yes, I have been called insane by my friends and I don’t care). I would probably hate those seasons in Europe or the USA, but I really wish I could wear all those lovely clothes! This way, I only do my best to copy those styles and adjust them to Australian climate instead.

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Cropped pants are the ultimate fashion weapon.

Admit it – when you find a killer piece, you want the whole world to see it. I like to emphasize certain items which I wear; for example everyone notices my lovely boots all the time because I wear them with cropped pants, and if my new bag is too good to miss, I dress monochromatic and wear it as a statement piece. Because I often do not have the need to wear warm coats, I opt for textured vests instead. They do the trick — not only do they keep me warm, but they also look amazing.

Warm a playsuit up with a cuddly coat.

Warm a playsuit up with a cuddly coat.

Winters in Australia are really mild, so I don’t even have the need to wear really thick jackets and sweaters, but that does not stop me from layering my clothes like a pro. I usually wear spring and summer pieces such as satin midi skirts and elegant formal playsuits which I pair up with sparkly flats or lace-up ankle boots. I almost always wear a light cardigan because it is convenient and pairs up nicely with casual as well as with formal outfits, not to mention that it keeps me warm if need be. Another one of my favorite outfits includes a crop top under a flannel shirt, shorts and tights if necessary — I love that it looks cute but sexy at the same time. I envy girls from across the globe who can wear sweaters, shawls, scarves, gloves and top it off with a stylish coat.

Play with prints to brighten up the cold.

Play with prints to brighten up the cold.

I don’t think the cold should be seen as an obstacle, but as an opportunity to play with different pieces, patterns, and styles. Snow, rain and wind can makes us wear dark clothes, especially if we are subjects to meteoropathy (the way you get a headache before the rain), but I see these types of weather patterns as a perfect chance to wear bright clothes which will remind us of wonderful summer days. Wearing bright red, yellow and orange always make me feel better and I have the impression that a part of me is honoring the past seasons this way. Besides, this is also a chance to wear stockings with crazy prints, as well as fluffy hats and warm gloves. For me, winter is the time when I experiment with clothes the most, and these little experiments inspire me.

I hope that some of you will find inspiration in my words and that you will find the courage to step out of your comfort zone and experiment. Reinvent yourself and your style, try something new from time to time, and do not hesitate to follow your instincts. Be as fierce or as gentle as you want to be, be a princess one day and a mighty warrior the next, but always stay true to yourself. Confidence is the best accessory, after all.

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Claire Hastings is a wanderer and a writer. She writes as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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