Investments: Autumn/Winter Essentials

Greetings everyone ^^ I hope the week is treating you well, as I write this post, I can hear my Mum’s ipad, which is on full volume, playing one of her many favourite Korean drama shows (I lost count after 5 shows =.=) in the kitchen, so hopefully I won’t be distracted by the constant crying/screaming/yelling noises that go on in pretty much EVERY Korean drama made.

So, today’s post is going to be all about worthy Winter fashion investment essentials, that I believe really seem to stand the test of time in terms of wear ability and style. And seeing as it’s slowly approaching Winter here in Australia, I think now is a good time to do this post.

First, is the classic overcoat. Whether they be short, medium length or super long (like down to your ankles) they are a great classic item to have in your closet. Not only do they keep you nice and warm, but they look great as well. My personal favourites are the ones that go around knee length, as not only to they stop my thighs from turning into icicles, they also can be worn with pretty much anything from jeans to dresses and everything inbetween, whilst adding a classy, chic look to any outfit.

Naturally there are a wide range of overcoats out there on the market, ranging from the affordable to the relatively affordable, to the ”only-if-I-win-the-lotto-or-marry-someone-wealthy” range.  Naturally the affordable ones are made from a much cheaper material such as acrylic/polyester/nylon, however if you are after something that you plan to use over a long period of time, I would suggest you go for the wool/cashmere blend varieties as not only do they keep you that extra bit warmer, but they are also quite durable as well.

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Ideal places to get overcoats:

Affordable:

Temt

Valleygirl

Paper Scissors

Reasonable:

Forever New

Portmans

Dotti

Sportsgirl

Expensive:

Alannah Hill

Country Road

Trenery

Witchery

Seduce

Shieke

Pilgrim

Next, on my Winter investment list is Boots. And I mean all kinds of boots ranging from the ones that sit around the ankles to the (controversial??) thigh-high, or ”pretty woman” inspired boots.

I personally tend to go for the high end range as they are made from a  high quality leather, and tend to last much longer than the cheaper end ones. I have a pair of knee-high boots I bought from Sportsgirl about 5 years ago, made from very good quality cow hide leather and so far, they’ve been pretty amazing for me every Winter. Believe it or not, they are the only pair of knee-high boots I have….shockingly.

However, if you are on a tight budget, the cheaper ones are more affordable, but do bear in mind that the cheaper ones tend to cost more over time in the long run as they have to be replaced more often, unlike the more expensive variety which have much more longevity and are more affordable in terms of wear and tear. I recently bought a pair of tan boots a few years ago for $35 and after a little over two months, they fell apart, so I ended up having to throw them out.

As for style, it is pretty much a ”whatever floats your boat” as everyone has different tastes and needs; just keep in mind comfort is most important. If you’re in love with a pair that have your name written all over them but hurt like hell….then they’re clearly not meant for you.

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Ideal places to get boots:

Affordable:

Payless Shoes

ASOS.com

Target

Reasonable:

Nine West

Wittner

Dianna Ferrari

High End: Designer Labels

Christian Louboutin

Salvatore Ferragamo

Bally

Next up is the classic wool knit jumper. These never seem to go out of style because not only do they keep you super warm all through Autumn/Winter (especially during those cold winter mornings >.<)  but also, they seem to go well with pretty much everything from skinny jeans to leggings. The designs are also pretty much endless from the fitted variety right up to the oversized range. I prefer mine a little oversized as I like to layer up during the colder end of Winter, however during Autumn I tend to go for the fitted variety. The colour range is also endless depending on your taste. For simple classic colours beige, grey or off white are great starters, as they go with pretty much everything. Affordability is also limitless as you can get pretty decent sweaters pretty much anywhere and everywhere, which is great for a Winter investment item.

In terms of materials, wool, along with cashmere is the best of the best, despite the sometimes hefty price tag, as it lets your skin breathe whilst keeping you warm at the same time. Cheaper materials such as Polyester, Nylon and Acrylic do just as good a job, and is great for those who are on a budget.

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Ideal places for sweaters:

Affordable:

Valleygirl

Dotti

Paper Scissors

Top Shop

Temt

Reasonable:

Witchery

Sportsgirl

Portmans

Country Road

Expensive:

Alannah Hill

Esprit

David Lawrence

Marcs

And last, but certainly not least is the classic, cardigan. Another item that not only doesn’t break the bank, but is also a great investment item that can be worn with pretty much everything in your closet. Dressed up or down, it’s a great item to have during the Autumn and early Winter. Just like the knit jumper, the cardigan is also available in a wide variety of materials depending on how much you want to spend. As I mentioned before wool and cashmere are at the top, so this is great for people who don’t buy cardigans very often, and like to get good longevity out of expensive items. While Acrylic, Polyester etc are not only more affordable, but do just as good a job in keeping you warm too.

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Ideal places for cardigans:

Affordable:

Paper Scissors

ASOS.com

Valleygirl

Temt

Reasonable:

Forever New

Portmans

Miss Shop

Expensive:

Esprit

Alannah Hill

Sportscraft

Diane Von Furstenburg

And that wraps up this post. I hope you all enjoyed it, and found it helpful in some way or another. Naturally everyone is going to have different tastes, however this post is just simply to give an idea for anyone looking to get a new Winter wardrobe, (or thinking about updating a few things) what items are worthy to pay a little extra for, and what items you can get away with on a lower budget. If you have any other suggestions or ideas, feel free to leave them in the comments box.

Hope you all have a great week and I’ll see you in the next post ^^

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