“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:
it is time for home.”
Brrrr… a winter chill has certainly set in across our neck of the woods this week and it is fair to say that the change in season is not just knocking on our door but well and truly making its presence felt. As the weather cools we naturally find ourselves reaching for our favourite comforts to warm our bodies and make our hearts happy…a hot cuppa, a delicious meal, cosy company and a welcoming abode.
Of course, we also crave the same comfort, warmth and beauty for the adornment of our bodies and while winter fashion is often designed with a state of physical ease and practicality in mind, it also provides a wonderful opportunity to dress with flair, express your individuality and add an air of sophistication while maintaining that relaxed comfort.
Winter fashion offers the chance to experiment with the versatility of layering with coats, jackets, cardigans, jumpers and vests available in abundance and in a multitude of silhouettes. Meanwhile, luxurious winter fabrics boast a visual and textural treat for the senses and magnificent accessories can add dimension to your wardrobe choices with boots, hats, beanies, scarves and even socks presenting you with an opportunity to mix it up and make a statement.
So, to provide you with a little inspo we have compiled a list of
OUR TOP 10 WINTER FAVOURITES!
1. THE WINTER COAT
Fashion trends come and go but one timeless staple piece of clothing in any wardrobe is a classic winter coat. Often with gentle tailoring, a smart collar and luxurious weighty fabrication or, more recently, combined with softer cardigan-like fabrics (coining the term coatigan), a classic winter coat can be paired with your favourite basics or as a layer over more formal attire. Keeping you toasty warm and instantly adding a level of sophistication to any outfit, a winter coat is a must have this season and a keeper for years to come.
Above from left to right: Mimi Coatigan by Little Lies in Jade Green, Zuzu Coat by Little Lies in Black and Lilli Coatigan by Little Lies in Grey.
2. SHACKETS AND HEAVIER WEIGHT SHIRTS
Shirt? Jacket? You decide! The shacket is having a big moment in fashion this winter and we understand why! Versatility and effective layering are key to practical, stylish and fun winter outfit options and the shacket ticks all the boxes. Available in a stunning array of colours, textures and weights, shackets can be worn as a stand alone shirt, fastened as an outer layer jacket over tops and jumpers or open as an overshirt over basics. Some are even long enough to be worn as a shirt dress, pairing perfectly with winter boots and others offer a trench coat silhouette, cinched at the waist with a belt!
And if you live in your linen or cotton classic button through shirt in the warmer months, there are also many slightly heavier weight fabric variations making an appearance this season in natural tones and rich winter colours.
3. THE LONGLINE CARDIGAN
The longline cardigan is perhaps one of the easiest throw-on garments to add a layer of warmth and effortless style to your winter wardrobe. Relaxed and free falling in design and often in luxuriously soft fabrications, a longline cardi pairs perfectly with jeans and basics for a chic casual vibe or you can easily elevate your look by layering over dresses or skirts and adding boots. Browse Jipsi Cartel’s beautiful collection of cardigans and find your next go-to piece. You’ll be sure to reach for it often!
4. LOUNGE WEAR SETS
Let’s face it, we all love the comfort of tracksuits in winter but the prominence of beautiful loungewear and the rise of the co-ord trend has made the act of staying in trackie dacks quite an acceptable outfit choice.
Offering a playful vibe while maintaining a simple elegance, a matching set is the epitome of comfort meets sophistication. Inherently stylish and equally classic and on-trend, co-ords are the perfect fuss free dressing. Essentially, co-ords are separates that are designed to be worn together but the beauty of these garments is that they provide endless outfit potential as you mix and match your two pieces with other outfits in your wardrobe.
5. THE DENIM JACKET (Old Faithful)
The humble denim jacket is the ultimate year round wardrobe staple. Much like jeans, denim jacket styles vary slightly over the years from cropped and more fitted to longer and oversized but it is forever present in one form or other. You would be hard-pressed to find someone that hasn’t owned a denim jacket in their life.
At Jipsi Cartel, we are currently loving the relaxed boyfriend style denim jacket. Effortlessly wrap up your favourite outfits from any season and escort them to winter with one simple throw-on action…a trusty fave for sure.
Above Emmely wears: Boyfriend Denim Jacket by Silver Wishes in Blue Denim.
6. DON'T FORGET THE DRESS
Yes, you can wear your dresses in winter! At Jipsi Cartel, our love of bohemian dresses doesn’t disappear throughout the cooler months. A stunning collection of long sleeve midi and maxi dresses are still available that are perfect for those sunny winter days and are easily adaptable to your winter wardrobe by adding boots, jackets, cardigans, vests and ponchos. Leggings, socks and under layers are also an option so get creative and find your winter boho goddess.
7. HIGH NECKLINES
High neck tops and jumpers have maintained their position as a wardrobe staple for many years. This season we are seeing the arrival of some beautiful roll neck, cowl neck and mock or funnel neck jumpers in cosy knit fabrications and relaxed, boxy silhouettes that innately portray a relaxed elegance and sophistication. High necklines offer a modern, yet timeless look that is comfortable to wear while providing us with the added benefit of warmth. Oh so cosy!
8. THE PULLOVER SWEATER
Pullover, jumper, sweater, sloppy joe…whatever name you give this item of clothing, we all know it to be like a good old friend. This wardrobe staple can go a little underrated at times, however, we are currently seeing some beautiful colours and shape variations to add an extra level of interest to this basic. Subtle accents such as curved hemlines, side splits, exposed seam or contrasting rib detail are enticing us to take a closer look and bumping this unassuming staple up a notch on our favourites list.
9. LAYERING BASICS
We instantly look to adding outer layers in winter like coats, jackets and cardigans but the key to clever styling and warmth can sometimes be all about layering basics underneath. Think form fitting long sleeve tops and turtle necks layered under knits and jackets or finer knit tops under blazers or coats.
The Yasmin Knitted Tee by Little Lies has our vote for favourite new layering piece! In a soft knit blend, this winter tee is so comfortable on the body and offers a unique and stylish base for playing with textures and warmth.
Above: Yasmin Knitted Tee by Little Lies in Charcoal
10. COLOUR POP SHOPPING
Natural tones, black and grey often take centre stage in winter but you certainly don't have to move away from colour. A stunning array of brightly coloured knits has hit our store for winter and their vibrancy is a welcome burst of fun and a breath of fresh air. Making an appearance in both fine and chunky knitwear and in luxurious fabrications including mohair, wool blends and cotton, these explosions of colour are sure to bring joy and warmth to your life and brighten your winter days.
Above clockwise from top left: Mohair Cropped Cardigan by Iris Maxi in Raspberry, Charlie Knit by Little Lies in Green, Orange & Cornflower Blue, Frida Shrug by Wits the Label in Emerald and Kira Cardi by Little Lies in Blue.
So there you have it, the Jipsi Cartel winter favourites and tips.
Grab a hot drink, browse our NEW ARRIVALS and stay warm, comfortable and chic!