Just because the weather is not so kind does not mean we have to collectively resign ourselves to giving up on style, it just means we all have to think a bit more creatively when getting dressed in the morning.
The temperatures in the City has dropped drastically, so much so that you hardly see people dressed in shorts or short sleeve shirts. This trend is expected to continue at least until August when winter waves us goodbye.
We know there are thousands of dressing tips on the internet, but this time around we chose to go with one of our homegrown fashion designers.
Fashion guru Melissa Poulton believes winter gives us an opportunity to create our own clothing combinations while maintaining the stylish look. According Poulton, layering will be the buzzword this winter.
“There is a reason layering is always on-trend during winter. It is a massively practical way to dress when it is really cold. So do not be afraid to pile on the layers. A turtleneck, under a sweater, under a jacket, under a coat, for instance, will definitely keep you warm,’ she says passionately while providing dressing tips.
She says, unlike many who prefer other seasons, winter is her ideal season.
“Personally I love winter and I love getting dressed up in winter clothing. Winter wear is all about layering especially if it is very cold,” said Poulton who owns the Housing of Poulton clothing brand.
She mentions that Namibia has strange winter patterns with the mornings and evenings being extra cold while warmer temperatures are experienced during day time.
“For example, one can take a normal summer dress and use it for layering, wear a turtleneck underneath the summer dress layered with a jersey, cardigan and a nice trench coat. Once it becomes a bit hotter, you can remove the jersey, cardigan and the trench coat and rock the rest of the day with their summer dress and turtleneck look,” she says.
“Layering can be anything as long as you pair the items together so they match and look good. Coats are always a must for winter especially for the office look. A nice trench coat paired with a nice pencil dress stockings and ankle boots always does the trick.”
“A trend which I love right now is the navy coats and military coats. It is professional and makes you look good. In winter you can play around with your wardrobe by combining summer and winter items, so have fun with pairing different items.”
Touching on the must-have items this winter, Melissa says: “Your cupboard trench coat, blazer, jersey, cardigans, trendy scarfs, a few turtlenecks (try to have different colors), leggings and stockings, ankle boots and at least one jersey dress. Once you have these key items you can layer away and mix them with some of your summer clothing.”
She further recommends: “Great winter style really boils down to a great pair of boots. Get a great pair of over-the-knee boots. Show them off by pairing them with a short dress. Have killer ankle boots you want to make sure the world gets to see. Pair them with cuffed jeans or a dress.”
“Parents, especially mothers always cautioned you to wear your socks. Warm winter socks are important in keeping warm dry feet. Wool is best, although good synthetic “fleece” socks are often quite good. You can layer socks, but be careful that your feet are comfortable and the circulation is not shut down.”
While you have the freedom to layer up, too many contradicting colours do not look the part, she cautioned.
Poulton feels the pallet colour is the one to look out for this winter. She adds that on top of pallet, colours such as olive green, cocoa powder brown, burnt orange, plum, maroon, navy blue, deep blue, mustard and grey are definitely an option.
You may think it is too hard to keep looking stylish when the temperature dips during the winter months, she said, adding that it requires more thought and effort to remain stylish in the cold weather.
“As long as you keep focused on practicality, you can get a lot of use out of a variety of clothing and styles. While layering your clothes is the key to keeping most of your body warm, you can add pieces to your wardrobe that will help you stand out as fashionable, while still providing extra warmth,” she concludes.