Dressing up for Winter

@Sol Botanica

 

What a blessing that winter in Sydney never really hits rock bottom temperatures. There are lovely winter days where we even get to enjoy 20 degrees with a little bit of gorgeous winter sun. Of course there are days that I want nothing more but to wrap myself up in huge teddy coat but for the most parts, I like to just layer with a classic trench coat and get out of the door for some winter sunshine.

 

Zimmermann Dress

 

 

Dress

3 words. I love Zimmermann. This iconic Australian fashion house is famous for their whimsical, “sophisticated feminine” designs and they seem to get better and better every season. I am attracted to how easy to wear their beautiful dresses are. Just the other day, I was walking along Oxford street close to Paddington markets- that’s where one of the Zimmermann sisters started selling her designs and now their brand has risen to international stardom. That is pretty amazing.

When there was a flash sale last month, I managed to get this Radiate Ruffle Mini Dress from  Zimmermann at 30 % off , which was such  a steal ! It is made of 100 % silk and feels so comfortable and soft. The ruffle on the bottom hem gives a perfect dose of added flounce to the dress which I love.  It is cinched at the waist with a lovely braided design that gives a flattering silhouette. The colour is an interesting but perfect subtle mix of charcoal, orange, blue and pink; which I think is wearable both in the winter and summer months. This dress is currently sold out on the Zimmermann website but I have linked some options here if you are interested.

 

 

Stuart Weitzman OTK Tielands

 

Boots

I paired this dress with one of my favourite OTK gray suede boots from Stuart Weitzman. These boots are such a staple in my wardrobe for winter.  Such an investment piece. The little block heel adds just enough height for a dressed up look and at the same time does not compromise on comfort. I wear a size US 6.5/EU37. I am usually a size  6 and since the toe box is on the narrow side , I did go half a size up. I like the tie closure at the top as it keeps the boots from completely falling down when walking. I am not going to lie- these boots  do slouch a little after walking but never below the knees.

 

Burberry Trench Coat Crombrook (similar here)

 

Coat

You can never go wrong with a classic trench coat from Burberry. Mine is from the Crombrook line which unfortunately has been discontinued.  It is actually extremely similar to the Kensington Trench Coat which I will link here. The main difference is that the material on the Croombrook is not actually waterproof like the Gabradine on the Kensington/Sandringham designs. I live in Sydney which does not rain as much as Europe so I figured I probably could get away not having a waterproof trench.  I wear a size  UK 4  and I find it perfect to pair with both casual wear and feminine dresses. It is a great transitional piece.

I got mine from Bicester Village  about a month ago at an amazing price . If you want to find out more about it check out my previous blogpost here on Bicester village shopping.

 

 

 

Chanel Boy Bag in Chevron

 

Bag

It’s time to take my Chanel boy out for a walk and that is my little unicorn in calfskin leather purchased from the Rue Royal Chanel store in Paris. This beautiful metallic lilac colour is from the  2018 Spring/Summer collection. I am still swooned by the colour and the gorgeous chevron. It’s such a chameleon; one minute it’s lilac, then it’s pink or silver  whenever a different type of light hits. I love how perfectly it sits  just below my waist as cross body bag ( which is my favourite style to wear it  )  and  how it can fit  all my essentials with no issues. I find this particular medium size more functional and versatile than the small Chanel Boy although there is no denying how cute the smaller size looks. I am well aware that calfskin leathers may not be as durable as caviar but oh, the colour of the bag…well I have  never seen anything like it .

 

 

Dress: Zimmermann Radiate Ruffle Dress *more sizes here*

Coat : Crombook Burberry  (similar link here)

Boots  : Stuart Weitzman OTK boots in Slate Gray

Bag : Chanel Boy Bag  ( Spring/summer collection 2018)

 

Hope you enjoyed the post and  would love to know what are some of your staple transitional winter pieces you have been enjoying lately. See you in my next post!

 

 

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