If you are a fan of the scandalous Game of Thrones then this phrase will be very familiar to you. Over in the real world, winter is indeed coming (finally) and we can get excited about embracing our favorite Fall fashions once again.
Every girl has her seasonal preference, but I personally find winter wardrobes to be infinitely chicer than their preceding summer counterparts. Somehow, no summer dress could ever compete with the classy components of a winter wardrobe. There’s a reason why September is Vogue’s largest and most popular issue… coats, vests, scarves, and best of all-boots! These are a few of my favorite things. Now that the weather has finally cooled down, every girl across the country can re-organize her closet with items we haven’t touched since March to reflect a personal winter wonderland.
First on the agenda: winter essentials. There are a few pieces that every girl should have to make cold weather dressing easy as pumpkin pie. Let’s start from the bottom with boots. Boots are probably the most versatile shoe category because this simple five letter word can describe anything from a high heeled ankle boot to an ultra-casual Ugg boot. Every girl needs at least one pair of the following: a riding style boot (love this trend), a high heeled neutral boot (both work and weekend appropriate), a fashion-forward boot (ex. over-the-knee), and a casual warm boot (like EMU Australia). If you are lacking some of these must-haves worry not, as the abundance of physical and online stores have you covered. I love Shoebox NY because the variety of boots there is always great. Be aware of high street stores because the styles make look good but they might feel horrible. I fell in love with a black suede ankle boot last year but never managed to even leave the house in them because they pressed on my ankle in the most painful way. If you’re searching for the ultimate boot then go for high quality for both longevity and comfort. My favorite pair of leather boots is a Ralph Lauren pair purchased from AlOthman, who also bring the fiercest Louboutin boot collection each Fall. Don’t skimp on a designer brand because of the price tag- these will last you a long time. A great boot is like a great jacket; worth the investment. Speaking of jackets…
Jackets are one of the greatest assets of your wardrobe as they are capable of transforming an outfit from boring to preppy, rock-chic, bright, and even show stopping (think Balmain style). Every girl should have a few great work-appropriate jackets for the winter time, especially in trendy patterns like houndstooth and tweed in modern day cuts. Massimo Dutti has mastered the sophisticated riding-style jackets and Zara also has a beautiful warm fall jacket collection. For weekend outings, have more fun with a rock and roll inspired black leather jacket or last year’s favorite brown leather and shearling trend. Online shopping is great for Jackets because you can usually be sure of the size unlike a pair of trousers or a dress. Some of my favorite online clothing destinations are shopbop.com, net-a-porter.com and theoutnet.com.
Vests happen to be Jackets’ distant, yet equally fashionable, cousin. These beauties come in many forms and can dictate the look and feel of your entire outfit. My personal favorites are fur vests, although many Peta activists would disagree with me (sorry Peta!). This is actually a hit amongst our men in Kuwait, who wear their favorite rabbit fur lined vests in winter to stay warm. With so many other vests on the market, you are completely covered no matter what the occasion may be.
Next on our list we have scarves. Last winter exploded with Louis Vuitton’s leopard scarf and with good reason, it’s gorgeous! You don’ t have to go for the big brands here though, since so many stores across the country have a huge, trendy, and warm selection of pretty scarves. My advice? Since winter clothes are usually neutral-colored, go for bright scarves in eye catching colors like fuchsia and yellow to add an element of brightness to your outfit’s conservative color palette.
I love dressing for this time of year…what are your favorite fall fashions?