When it comes to my autumn/winter wardrobe there’s one shoe style I’ll definitely be purchasing – the ankle boot. A pair of quality black ankle boots always take me through the cooler months and is a guaranteed way to update any outfit. You can opt for a pair of sky high stiletto style boots if you’re looking for some sexy footwear to take you from drinks to dinner or a pair of flat boots as a comfy option when you’ve got a busy day ahead of you. If you’re intending to wear them to death, be sure to have them resoled beforehand to ensure that they can withstand the wear and tear of constant outings.
I’ve rounded up some of my fave ankle boot styles to inspire your next shopping trip…
Miroslava Duma is one of my fashion icons. She’s a digital entrepreneur, businesswoman and mum and she always looks impeccable whether she’s giving a speech, front row at fashion week or simply hanging out with her kids. Her look has evolved of late and has a slightly bohemian feel to with quirky touches here and there without losing the polish that she’s known for. Every look she steps out in is highly covetable so it’s no surprise that her style is definitely one that inspires at every outing she makes.
Want to steal her style? Copy and paste her look using the below shopping picks…
Try something different and switch out your black blazer for a navy option. A man-style blazer that’s cut slightly longer is great for layering and often helps to given an outfit some edge.
You can never have too many white tees. I promise you’ll wear them to death. There’s also no more classic combination than a white tee paired with jeans.
A slightly cropped pair of jeans is great if you’re on the petite side as it will help elongate your frame and gives the illusion of height. This pair is a great shade as it’s easily dressed up with the right accompanying pieces or dressed down when you want to go casual.
White heels look great but beware of quality. Sometimes the slightly shinier finish of a faux leather doesn’t look quite as polished so be sure to go for the best leather you can afford. Embellishment also elevates it to more of a statement piece.
A croc print bag is great alternative to your usual go-to black bag as it gives it some texture and a slight point of difference.
Cold dreary winter days can often mean feeling like you’re in a winter wardrobe rut. It’s hard to feel enthused about styling an outfit when it feels like you’re just putting the same layers on every single day. So, it’s time to mix it up! Here are some easy ways to update your wardrobe so you can get excited about getting dressed in the morning again.
Invest in a statement coat or jacket
It’s great to have the standby options of black, grey and navy in your coat arsenal but sometimes it can get a bit boring when you see a sea of coats in the same colours when you’re out and about. So why not opt for something a little different? A coat or jacket in a bold colour or a striking print can often cheer you up on the dreariest of days and give your look a point of difference.
Find staples with an interesting finishing touch
There are certain staples that we all generally need to get us through winter such as a great pair of ankle boots or a pair of jeans. So if you’re going to be spending a lot of time wearing them, then make them interesting. Try a pair of ankle boots with statement hardware or textures or update your usual skinny denim silhouette for something different such as a pair of flares or boyfriend jeans.
Add some leather
Leather has become quite the wardrobe staple and it’s the ideal way to modernise your look. A pair of leather leggings will get repeated use throughout the cooler months while a sleek leather pencil skirt or dress can look office appropriate when worn with classic pieces such as a white silk blouse or dressed up statement accessories. You also don’t always have to go with black. I have leather jackets in different colours (such as the above in pink) and I love that they can easily brighten up an outfit.
Re-circulate summer pieces
Whilst cool temperatures may mean bare legs and arms out of the question you can still put your summer wardrobe to use during winter. Summer dresses can easily be worn when worked back with a pair of trusty stockings and topped with a blazer or mixing knits with a skirt.
Find new silhouettes
Yes, it’s a given we all have to live in our jackets but why not try some new winter silhouettes? A bomber jacket is a great winter topper and is very on trend. Or why not opt for a cape as a great alternative to a standard winter coat. Adopting new silhouettes is one of the simplest ways to inject some new energy into your wardrobe.
She does a red carpet showstopper like no other but Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s off-duty style is equally as impressive. She manages to pull together some of the season’s biggest trends – the bomber jacket, ankle boots and top handle bags in one effortless outfit that would work perfectly for a catch up with friends and even casual Fridays at work. The colour palette of grey, khaki and black will always look stylish so file it away as a go-to combination when you’re next planning an outfit.
The model showcases the bomber jacket’s appeal with this casual cool ensemble. Think of a bomber as a great alternative to a leather jacket or blazer this season. It’s also the ideal trans-seasonal piece as it works equally as well with jeans as it does with skirts or dresses.
No wardrobe should be without a grey tee. It’s a piece that will get plenty of wear as it works so easily with multiple looks whether they be dressed up or down.
Don’t own a pair of black jeans? Snap up a pair now! You’ll wonder how you lived without them. Black jeans are the perfect anchor point for an outfit as you can easily add a variety of colours and it will look perfectly put together. Plus black is always flattering no matter your shape.
Black ankle boots
The secret to wearing ankle boots with jeans? Show a hint of ankle a la Huntington-Whiteley by folding your jeans so you can see the entire boot. It’s a more modern take on the look and when you’ve got a great pair of shoes why would you want to hide them?
Black top handle bag
A black handbag is of course a wardrobe staple however update the look and opt for a bag with a top handle. It looks chic and polished and will instantly elevate an outfit. If you can find a bag that also has a shoulder strap, even better as you can wear it multiple ways.
No celebrity ever heads out without a pair of great sunglasses and Huntington-Whiteley is no exception. A pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses are a great alternative to black sunglasses but equally as versatile.
I love winter fashion as it’s all about layering, luxe fabrics and keeping cosy which is great as I am getting close to the end of my pregnancy and comfort is now definitely key. I have found anything loose now looks too bulky on my frame so more figure-hugging, body con dresses have been my saviour. I particularly loved this Fifth the Label ribbed dress from General Pants as I love wearing soft, neutral tones in winter because I think it’s easy to get carried away with wearing all black so it’s nice to break it up and wear some colour without wearing anything overly bright. This long-sleeved dress has some nice cut-out detail at the elbows and an asymmetrical hemline which gives it a definite point of difference. Plus it’s budget-friendly too!
Coats are obviously a necessity during the cooler months but as a bonus it’s great for throwing on over outfits when you’re pregnant. Wearing a coat gives you a really nice shape while keeping you warm, plus when wearing figure-hugging dresses I can sometimes feel uncomfortable wearing it on its own so coats are great for hiding everything away! Most winter coats tend to be black, navy, grey or camel so I think this Witchery coat stands out due to the beautiful soft beige colour.
Being eight months pregnant I’ve practically been living in flats so white sneakers like this pair from Witchery have become my trusty go-to. They’re very of-the-moment and are perfect for when I have a busy day of appointments or errands and need to have comfy footwear on. I am still loving backpacks as a great alternative to a handbag. It keeps my hands free (perfect for when I’m with Sophia) and it’s definitely easier to carry around than a heavy bag. The ash grey colour of this woven Country Road backpack definitely suits the season and provides a nice contrast to the rest of the neutral tones in my outfit.
P.S. As any mum-to-be knows when faced with an ever diminishing range of wardrobe options knows trawling the stores to update your wardrobe can be an exhausting prospect so I had a winning shopping moment when I realised I could shop all my favourite chain store brands at westfield.com.au without having to spend hours visiting various individual sites online. So believe it or not I actually managed to pull together the above outfit when I had a small window of time up my sleeve. I’m all about ways to save time and being super efficient these days so this was a pleasing discovery.
This season it’s all about the loafer or the brogue. Both comfortable and stylish, they’re the perfect shoe options when you’re bored of boots and ballet flats and want something to change up your winter footwear repertoire. Whether you’re a loafer girl or a fan of the brogue through and through there are plenty of great options to have you stepping out in style this winter.
Leather loafers are a great alternative to the trusty ballet flat. A pair in basic black will see you through the season and beyond, however if you want to something a little more fun why not try a pair in a vibrant Gucci-esque red or a cool leopard print. Alternatively, neutral tones such as a camel or tan will complement most outfits and not completely overpower. The key with this look? A flash of ankle is important so be sure to pair them with cropped pants or jeans or a midi hem.
Steal a little style inspiration from the boys this season with brogues. They’re a more polished alternative to sneakers and just about as comfy. I know I wear mine to death as I love how they help ground an outfit but in a practical sense they’re comfy enough to help me keep up with a very active toddler! You can opt for classic colours such as tan or black however I went for a silver for something a little different plus metallics are a no-brainer for the evening so they’re a good option for dressing up an outfit for a night time event. As with loafers my tip is to always flash a bit of ankle to create a sense of proportion in your outfit. You can pair loafers with feminine pastels and fun prints or if you want a slightly more tomboy look, add a blazer and boyfriend jeans.