MELBOURNE’S weather definitely keeps you guessing, but with these wardrobe updates from Jessica-Anne Lyons, you can face the forecast confidently and cozily!
First up, every student needs a good quality coat. The style is up to you, but these coveralls are great for shielding you against the wind and keeping you dry in the rain. I suggest choosing a style made of wool (wool is a fabric that stays warm even when it’s wet) such as a duffle coat that cinches in at the waist for girls or a structured pea coat for guys. If they have a hood to keep your head dry and pockets to keep your hands toasty, even better!
Knitted jumpers are fantastic layering pieces and can be worn over collared shirts for a cool preppy look. Plus not only are they warm, but they also come in a range of colours and designs. You can choose one with a cute print or a graphic on the front or go for a bright colour to liven up your look.
Have you ever bought a hot drink just to hold and keep your hands warm? If you answered yes, you may be in need of a pair of gloves! I suggest choosing a fingerless pair or a pair with little pads on the fingertips, so you can still use your smartphone or tablet’s touchscreen while keeping your hands warm. Worried about cold fingertips? You can also get gloves that have an attachable section that slips over your fingers, turning your fingerless gloves into mittens!
While you likely already have a scarf in your closet, a number of rad new scarf designs are out in stores now that not only look amazing but also are warm to boot! Want a cozy scarf that can double as a shawl? Choose an infinity scarf, which is a loop of material instead of a long piece like traditional scarves. Don’t have gloves? Some scarves come with pockets on either end so you can keep your neck and your hands warm!
They say that you lose most of your body heat through your head, so get yourself a beanie for winter, stat! Beanies are a stylish addition to any wardrobe, for both boys and girls. You can get ones with slogans on the front, bright prints, pom-poms, embellishments… the list goes on, so you’ll have no trouble finding one that suits your style. Plus on windy Melbourne days, which wreck havoc with your hair, pulling on a beanie is quick way to fix a bad hair day.
Boots are great for keeping your feet warm and covered up from the cold, and when it comes to winter kicks, you really do have the luxury of choice when it comes to styles. For the ladies, go for a pair of cute heeled booties that can be worn with tights or jeans, or a pair of on-trend colourful gumboots that come up to the ankle. For guys, lace-up combat boots will give your look a bit of stylish edge, or pick a pair of Chelsea boots to dress up chinos or skinny jeans. Don’t forget to use a moisture-protectant spray if your boots are made of suede – the rain can ruin them without it!
One of the easiest ways to update your look in the colder months is to play around with fun printed tights or socks. For girls, bighten up a dark outfit with coloured or patterned tights. These can be bought pretty much from any clothing store, though I love the variety available at Sportsgirl. For guys who want happy feet, wearing a pair of colourful geometric printed socks is a fun way to add some personality to your look. Try Happy Socks for a range of cool designs.