The Quarter Stylist, Corey Chandler
It is finally that time to get our heads around a change in weather and a change of wardrobe. As it has officially ticked over to Autumn, I’m already planning what items I will be adding to my Winter styles for 2022. I feel after the last few years, fashion is also feeling the effects of our new normal. But there is always a chance to knock it out of the park and embrace some of the new trends. After all, does anything encourage enthusiasm for post pandemic life more than a beautiful croc knee high boot or head to toe lilac suit?
It’s time to indulge in the cosy season.
I love to invest in a great dress (or dresses) to see me through the season. Whether it be a trusted LBD, the new green hues or a bit boho. A dress can simply be plucked from the wardrobe and you are good to go. Plus, a dress is such a versatile piece to wear, from school drop off, out to lunch or dressed up for cocktail hour.
The Little Black Dress
The LBD (little black dress) cannot go amiss, and each season every brand does their best to entice you with their latest version. The Aje Harmony shirt dress is a classic. I can see this styled with a leather belt, knee high black leather boots and a chunky knitted cape thrown over to keep you feeling cosy. Carla Zampatti is the one stop shop for all things classic and chic. The Style Icon self-striped dress is the one to choose. A flattering shape for all sizes, it will look gorgeous for work with a fitted blazer or dressed up for dinner with chunky gold jewellery and a pointed pump in a pop of colour.
Colour me green
Green, grass, pastel, neon. These are all shades of green and everything in between that you will see flooding the AW22 collections. If you are up for going BOLD, don’t look past the Saba Croix dress. The twisted plaid print, the wrap style and midi length are screaming winter winner. Perfect for all sizes and shapes, this dress is so versatile. Play up all your different shoe options from sneakers to heels, and add a coat or jacket to help take this look from day to night. Something a little less dramatic, David Jones’ KitX has brought you the perfect shade of army in the Anthropocene shirt dress. A lovely linen maxi, with a versatile waist tie detail.
When you think bohemian, Flannel should jump straight to mind. As a new offering at Claremont Quarter, Flannel always offers pieces with a boho touch. The Dawn maxi is my pick, and teamed with tan knee high boots, chunky knitted long line cardigan and a felt wide brim hat, you will certainly be ready to take on the Winter weather, all while feeling feminine and pretty. Tigerlily is not just about swimwear, the RTW collections are always bursting with gorgeous prints and The Anahita Cordelia maxi is simply stunning. The baroque inspired floral print and embroidered trim add a touch of luxe to the voluminous shaped dress. For those ready to get their legs out, albeit with a knee high boot, I love the Morrison Nia dress. The silky Japanese fabric has such a luxurious quality. This dress has so much potential, it’s just waiting for some Winter layers. I like the idea of a contrasting boxy blazer or keep the boho look with an oversized knitted jumper thrown over the top.
This look is nothing short of smart, and a little bit masculine. It’s the layering of vests, and turtlenecks and shirts. Try an oversized blazer and a wider leg trouser for an AW22 twist.
Bec + Bridge is well known for their dresses, but this suit is on my personal wishlist. The Billie blazer and pant are effortlessly cool, the fabric is a soft cotton weave, and the shade of almond is a perfect staple.
If you are wanting a striking powerhouse blazer the Camilla and Marc Abel blazer is the one. The exaggerated shoulders and boxy shape is 80s nostalgia pulled together for a unique Winter style for 2022.
If you need some colour in your life, the Manning Cartell Power pastel blazer and pant in lilac is a dreamy combo. I can see this luxurious set for a chic wedding guest layered with a soft silk cami or make a statement at work and set yourself apart from the sea of dark winter hues. These are the must haves for your 2022 Winter suiting styles.
Tones of terracotta
When you wear a pop colour it makes you feel better, and these stunning tones are sure to make you smile. Think all things earthy, rust, and mustard. It’s a broad spectrum of tones to add back to your existing wardrobe which will team back with denim, under trench coats or with your work wardrobe.
I love a voluminous sleeve and the Aje Palms puff sleeve shirt makes me want to drink a glass of red wine by a roaring fire. It’s a stunning statement piece that will look great with high waisted jeans or a knee length black leather skirt.
Or if you just want to add a hint of colour, the Cue Raglan rib knit in burnt orange is an easy piece to add into your Winter style rotation.
Another high neck style is the Saba tidal long sleeve top, the perfect layering piece. If you are after a bit of texture, knit wear is key. This Morrison Emelie pullover is a great shape, and the perfect shade of saffron.
Lastly the Sportscraft Zaria wrap dress in truffle has the wow factor, and I adore that it is styled back with some black converse high tops. Just goes to show that a great wrap dress is one of the most versatile pieces to own.
As soon as the temp drops it’s easy to run straight to the classic puffa jacket in the back of your wardrobe. But I have a few new options to add into the mix to keep you looking Winter chic and warm.
You will see trench coats in all the latest collections, so it might be a little tricky to find ‘the one’. But, I feel a Camilla and Marc Trench is a no brainer, and a forever piece. The Mae trench is perfectly oversized with a masculine edge and works gorgeously contrasted over a feminine maxi. If you are a lover of leopard print, the Sass and Bide Vertigo Jacket is for you. Let the jacket do the talking and keep your look simple underneath.
Have you ever tried a cape? The Viktoria & Woods Houdini cape is crafted from soft double-faced wool and is reversible. Wear it poncho style and loose, or cinch in the waist. Seed Heritage also have a version of this with their Wool blend wrap.
Sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest difference. Starting with new bag trends, sometimes your bag can be the last thought to an outfit, but why not make it the statement piece? These new styles are sure to give you a little Winter style boost.
Sir The Label has created a little cloud of heaven with the Alberta cross body bag. In black or off white, this piece is inspired by the Bottega Venetta explosion you may have noticed. Or if you are after a little more structure, the Viktoria & Woods Jude cross body bag certainly sparks joy. Simply add the crossbody strap to your small shoulder bag for everyday ease. And continuing with the green theme, the Brie Leon Mini Camille at David Jones is your perfect shade of winter green.
Rubber chunky boots continue to dominate the season which I’m not mad about. I’m all about comfort and Seed have you sorted with the Riley Chelsea boot, with the khaki tone a great way to mix things up.
I’m also loving the return of the knee high, with something in between a cowboy boot being a key contender. The knee-high boots on my wish list are the Tony Bianco Lucille in tan croc. I can see these being a staple through winter from maxis, minis, and denim. And for a minimalist cowboy boot, try the Camilla and Marc Drew boot in black.
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