What is your go-to outfit when the weather is cold?
When I’m half-asleep on a chilly morning, I want to get dressed as quickly as possible. A no-brainer weekend outfit for me would be a Kimi Skivvy under the Video Wash Dachi Jumpsuit, with a pair of R.M. Williams and a longline overcoat. Throw on a chunky scarf and I’m ready to grab a coffee.
For a more office-appropriate look, my go-to winter outfit includes a linen-blend or wool pant (either wide leg or tapered), a button-down shirt, and a cosy knit. Complete it with some woollen socks, a pair of boots and my favourite Maaya Check Coat.
For dressing in unpredictable transeasonal weather, what advice do you give to customers?
As a typical Sydneysider, I’m a baby when it comes to dealing with the cooler weather. The key to keeping warm is layering. Layering lets you to brave the cold, and transitions well once the temperature rises or you’re indoors.
Avoid wearing too many layers that you’ll then have to shed off. I usually keep it at 2-3. This typically entails a fitted base layer, like a Kimi Skivvy or an Aalto Long Sleeve Tee, under a knit with some tapered trousers or jeans and topped off with a coat or jacket.
You could also swap out the knit for a button-down shirt and suit for when you're back in the office, or a sleeveless dress and stockings.
For the colour palette, stick with neutral, tonal colours, such as black, grey, white, navy and khaki. Neutral colours are so versatile since they’re easy to mix and match. To keep my outfits interesting, I like to play with textures and create visual interest. This could be as simple as different weaves and weights for knits, paired with softer slinky fabrics like bamboo and modal, and a more rugged denim. You can also try tonal layering, for example black on black, to keep your look simple and streamlined.
My final tip? Don’t forget your winter warmer accessories! Scarves, gloves and beanies can really help keep the chill out. If you have sensitive skin like me, merino wool is both warm and doesn’t itch – great for those more sensitive areas like your neck and hands. It’s also anti-static, which means it keeps the hat hair away.
What are key pieces you think everyone should have in their wardrobe?
Everyone should have a few key classic pieces that transcend trends. You can’t go wrong with a woollen overcoat in a neutral colour, like the Ayumi Unisex Coat. Again, colours like charcoal, black, navy and camel pair with just about everything.
A white button-down is another unisex wardrobe staple that works for both an office setting and casual wear, depending on the fabric and weave. Other versatile shirt colours include pale blues, and khaki for weekend wear.
Instead of an Oxford shirt, try linen for your casual outfits. Linen isn’t just for summer! This winter, I’ve been wearing my white linen shirt layered with an oversized Akine Mohair Cardigan or under a chunky knit jumper. I love the textural juxtaposition with the peep of collar. Linen is also breathable, which is great for when you start to warm up.
Finally, in these COVID times, another item you cannot go without is a face mask. I prefer a reusable mask with cotton lining. The Nique Face Mask has wire at the nose bridge, which helps keep my glasses from fogging up and provides a better fit.
Tell us what you love the most about helping NIQUE customers?
Nique customers are very chill and relaxed. My favourite part is always the interactions, whether it's through a virtual appointment or in store – getting to know them and learning what they’ve been up to. It keeps the day fun and engaging. There are so many interesting people I speak to that no two interactions are the same.
A few favourite pieces from the current NIQUE collection?
I absolutely adore the Maaya Reversible Coat. The black and grey tones pair with everything. The beautiful Glen plaid and herringbone weave are so classic, while adding visual interest. The cocoon silhouette keeps it modern and lends itself to unisex styling. The cherry on top? It’s reversible!
For a more laid back casual look, the Tatsuno Jacket is a fantastic outerwear option. It’s available in two finishes, corduroy and denim. I love the richness and depth of the black in both materials, and the juxtaposition of the Sherpa collar with the jacket body. The Tatsuno is fully lined with Sherpa for extra warmth and the collar is removable for added versatility.
Another item that’s getting a lot of love is the Float Pants. The relaxed fit is so comfortable for all day wear, and the versatility of the tapered leg makes it easy to dress up or down. The rayon, linen, cotton-blend is also lovely and lightweight, while warm. Available in black, navy and an emerald green, you can dress the Float Pants for work with a blouse or a tee for weekend wear.
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