Everydaystyle - how to create a winter outfit by adding luxe textures

How to create a winter outfit

Nikki ParkinsonEveryday Style, Fashion 36 Comments

So this is winter.

Mmmm. Not really where I live but there are hints of it. On Wednesday my feet were cold all day – a sure sign in this thyroidy old body that the seasons will finally turn.

But like many of you I’m very much over my summer wardrobe and have long stopped the regular spray tans so my un-adorned legs are no longer fit for human eyes – unless shielded via dark sunnies. And let’s be honest, covering our legs is a woman’s equivalent of hibernating for the winter.

Nothing says fashion freedom than standing in the shower in the morning and mentally working through your wardrobe options knowing that any one of them would mean you didn’t have to reach for the razor and shave down those legs.

Please say, that’s not just me?

The good news is that it’s been cool enough to cover those legs without sweating in places no woman should sweat.

The bad news is (where I live at least), once the legs are covered, it’s pretty much impossible to cover up much of the upper half without the aforementioned perspiration problem presenting itself.

So what’s a girl to do to bring a bit of winter into her everyday outfits?

Turn to my blogging pals, Kimba Likes and Redcliffe Style, of course – and follow their #winterluxe lead for inspiration.

These two girls have started a challenge to incorporate winter elements into their outfit throughout the season. Rach from Redcliffe Style doesn’t live far from me so she has to faux winter it a bit like me. Kim-Marie from Kimba Likes? She’s a Sydney girl so is treated to some real winter days.

Together they’re inspiring more women – and many in the #everydaystyle feed to embrace winter elements too. So I thought today I’d share some of that inspiration plus some of my tips on how to create a winter outfit by adding luxe textures.

Wardrobe tips: how to create a winter outfit

1. Start with the basics. I know, I know. I’m a cracked record on this one. The basics are even more essential in a winter outfit as they are your building blocks. You want a good pair of jeans, quality tees, leggings and knits – in neutral colours. Yes, colour is great but starting from a neutral base will extend your wardrobe further.

2. Master layering. I talked about this a couple of weeks ago but it’s another cracked record of mine. Layering not only enables you to dress for the weather that might change throughout the day but it also adds interest to your outfit.

3. Contrast textures. This is the key to successful winter layering. Combining luxe textures can add interest even if it’s in the same colour. Think leather, heavy lace, wool knits (chunky and fine), faux fur, felt – the addition of one or two or three of these fabrics and elements can combine together to create a stunning outfit that screams winter.

4. Look for textures in accessories or lighter pieces if in a warmer winter climate. Much as I’d love to add my heavy wool coat to my outfit every day, that would be a rare event in Queensland during the daytime but I can add in leather front pants (like the ones I’m wearing below) or a leather jacket or cashmere cardi over a tee. I’m not so wintered-up that I feel like I’m walking around in my own sauna but what I’m wearing is unmistakably winter. Even a suede boot over a regular leather boot says winter to me.

5.  Colour in winter is very ok. And so is sticking with black and neutrals. What I don’t want us to think is that just because it’s winter we have to put away our colours. Instead, I tend to opt for colours that are more of a jewel tone or wintery hue, colours than can pop my otherwise black-grey-denim outfits. My faves this season are teal, mustard and magenta.

Everydaystyle style winter elements:  Bohemian Traders cardi | Hope and May scarf | sass and bide tee | Luxe Deluxe leggings | Frankie4 Footwear sneakers

Bohemian Traders cashmere cardi | Hope and May scarf | sass and bide tee | Luxe Deluxe leather-front leggings from Zambezee Boutique (last winter) | Frankie4 Footwear sneakers

Your #everydaystyle: winter elements

So much inspiration for you below from just some of the lovely women who join in #everydaystyle on a regular basis. Loving the faux fur, the knits, wool coats, beanies and winter-weight or coloured scarves. Lots of earthy tones coming through but also pops of colour and more than a splash of leopard print. Love it all.

Everydaystyle - how to create a winter outfit by adding luxe textures

Top row (left to right): @norlinm | @melissasdressupbox | @louisa__g | @styleandshenanigans

Middle row: @icurvy | @glamourmama1

Bottom row: @chasingcait | @abiggirlnowblog | @soniastyling | @icadoo | @stylelovingyou

Join in

Want to join in? Simply upload a photo of yourself showing your everyday style to Instagram or Facebook, use the #everydaystyle and tag @stylingyou so I can find you. Don’t feel you have to post every day. Post when you can. For consideration in my outfit of the week round up, I look first for clear, in-focus photos without text or borders on them. These work in best with the montage layout.

How was your everyday style this week? To you have a fave way to incorporate winter textures into your wardrobe?

PS. All going well with Australia Post, I should have a copy of my book in my hands today. If you hear me squealing that’s all that’s going on. And a mandatory popping of champagne cork. Nothing to see/hear here!

Comments 36

  1. Is it wrong of me to wish for cooler weather in Brisbane? I’m dying to embrace more winter clothing and dig out my long boots and knits! I’m still in short sleeves! I’m with you on hiding the legs away though, I’ll spare the public until the Spring now when I re-stock the fake tan! Many congrats on your new book too, thoroughly deserved!

  2. We’ll I’ve hardly worn anything remotely winterish because of the hot weather in Brisbane and because of my own internal heater. I put a scarf on and by mid morning it’s off because my fringe is sticking to my face. It’s nice to finally feel some cool weather come through. But when it’s really cold I will be wishing for the milder temps again!! Love all your tips and super excited about your book. 🙂

  3. Gorgeous everyday stylers Nikki .I have been wearing winter wear but just haven’t had time to take a pic!

  4. Thank you for including me this week Nikki and for all your Winter dressing tips. It’s been a cold week here in Melbourne town so I am well and truly into the Winter section of my wardrobe where scarves, knits and boots reign supreme. x

  5. Winter has well and truly hit Adelaide, and it looks like it’s here to stay. In fact, today I popped on my lovely black coat with a giant hood that I bought in Paris on our honeymoon last year.
    I’m loving the girls’ Winter Luxe styling idea – such an easy but fabulous way to add texture to outfits.
    PS: thanks so much for including me in this week’s roundup! x

  6. Every time I see your silver sneakers, I fall in love with them just a little bit more. Now, I probably want them. I love what styleandshenanigans is wearing! Every single thing. She looks gorgeous. I’m off to check out where the skirt can be bought, I’ve never heard of Piccadilly.

  7. I’m on my work to work in Sydney, wearing a tank, summer dress, long wool cardi, beads, light scarf, skinny jeans and ankle boots. I think I’ve got this layering down!
    BTW those legging are looking quite loose: time to get them taken in?

  8. I’ve joined those blogs and Sonia styling and Vicki’s … it’s nice to get in the mix! makes it easier to choose what to wear. I’ve ORGANIZED my wardrobe by taking over half of mr m’s side … whatchathinkabout that?
    love the covering of legs etc. as winter hibernation and it is cold here now!
    thanks nikki … lol m:)X

    1. I guess everyone has different styles and clothing needs. She could be an outdoor worker or farmer, so probably quite practical. I know I have one for when I’m working on my family’s farm.

      1. yes totally! I think they can look great, I just know Nikki won’t wear one and like to tease her about it! I also adore plaid shirts and wear them often (some may call them the flanno!) No slur on the gorgeous lady behind, more a fun little joke with Nikki! Long Live The Puffer!!

  9. Looking gorgeous in Mustard Nikki! There is an ext a $30 off bohemian traders knitwear today too! Whoop!

  10. I’ve been winter luxe inspired by Kimba-Likes & Redcliffe Styling myself this week. Not sure I’m game to head to the puffer vest side for their latest challenge but never say never.

  11. Oh thanks so much for sharing Nikki! Rachel and I have been delighted with all the fabulous feedback and even more fabulous fashion coming through on our socialite media feeds.

    I am absolutely loving the confidence displayed visibly grow as people share their everyday style daily. Isn’t it fabulous?

    Totes with you on the leg thing. One bizarre thing I’ve found about getting older – my leg hair growth has decreased. Now I get one grey John Howard hair in my eyebrow and two regular visitors on my chinny chinny chin. What’s with that?!

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