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Essentials 18 January 2021

The Winter Essentials We’re Shopping For Now

As we seek relief from the heat, we can't help but admire the winter stylings of our friends further north.

The idea of winter clothes might make us wince as we sweat through summer, there's something special about shopping for the depths of winter during summer. This is what we're buying before the cold weather strikes.


Words By Eliza Sears

Coats

Layering is an art form. Achieving the perfect balance between warmth and mobility without overdoing it and being left with arms full of discarded layers is perfected with time and practice.

While the foundation layers are vital to the art, it is the top layer, the coat, that brings everything together.

Investing in a coat that best suits you needs can be quite the consideration. It’s important to ask yourself if it gets that cold in your part of the world. Will a light coat suffice, or do you require a little extra stuffing to keep you toasty on blustery winter days?

Arket’s take on the puffer jacket with quilted detailing in three classic neutral colourways has us dreaming of frosty morning walks in the countryside.

And as part of Arket’s mission to improve their sourcing, manufacturing and distribution practices, the Quilted Long Jacket is made from recycled materials including plastic water bottles and polyester offering extra insulation for ultimate warmth.

Isabel Marant Etoile Fontia Oversized Checked Wool-blend Flannel Coat, $1,195, Net-A-Porter

Boots

Chelsea or combat, heel or flat, ankle or knee-high, when it comes to winter boots there is as many styles as there are colours and many more styles within a style.

Last year saw the knee-high boot’s resurgence with influencers, models and editors pairing the boots with midi skirts, flowy dresses, jeans and tailored shorts.

It was indeed was the knee-high boot reimagined. And while we may have taken a hiatus from the style over the warmer months, they will be making a return as soon as the leaves start falling this autumn.

Isabel Marant’s Litz Boots offer a western twist to the style with chalk and black pattern and slouched features you’ll feel a like a cowgirl, no matter if you’re pounding the pavement of the CBD or venturing further afield.

Prada Mini Bag Combat Boot, $1859.63, Nordstrom

Knits

Chunky knits need not be confined to the world of the ugly Christmas sweater; we here at monde believe the chunkier, the better when it comes to our knitwear.

Resigned to the back of our wardrobes or neatly stashed in storage boxes during the summer, knitwear is a staple come wintertime worn on repeat for months at a time. For this reason, investing in quality cashmere is worth the cost upfront for the long-term cost per wear.

Upfront investments often tempt us to click add to cart on subdued neutrals but going bold with your knitwear is a simple way make a statement and add lively colour to break up the grey skies we encounter when the temperature drops.

Plan C’s plush mohair-blend knitted sweater is the ideal addition to any wardrobe come winter. Warm and cosy this red and beige striped knit cuts a relaxed figure, pair with tailored denim for an off-duty weekend look.

Khaite Scarlet Cashmere Cardigan, $2,652, Farfetch

Scarves

Self-confessed ‘scarf addict’, English TV stylist and founder of Trinny London, Trinny Woodall once said the right scarf can ‘take an outfit that is draining you and give you life’.

It is for that reason we believe it best to add some colour to your scarf collection.

Just imagine, on particularly dreary days that call for extra warmth around your neck being bundled up in a highlighter orange wool number or soft rose cashmere to not only make you look but feel your best when the weather encourages the exact opposite.

Ganni’s classic oversized recycled wool knit scarf in bright orange is the bold styling choice we need to re-energise on the days we’d rather stay in bed.

This recycled garment is made to last a lifetime, made from 70% certified recycled wool made of post-consumer recycled wool designed to reduce textile waste and air and soil pollution generated through manufacturing garments using virgin materials.

Rag & Bone Pierce Cashmere Scarf, $470, Rag & Bone

Beanies

While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of winter dressing, keeping our heads warm throughout the cooler months is essential to maintaining overall warmth.

From cashmere to cotton, the composition of beanies ranges the full spectrum of luxe to less; the options are near endless.

Once reserved for skiers and snowboarders, the humble balaclava or ski mask rose to fame in the fashion world in 2017 after Leandra Medine Cohen, founder of online fashion publication Man Repeller (now closed down) posted a pic of herself sporting a balaclava on Instagram.

Since then, the beanie scarf hybrid has become somewhat of a staple in many fashion ‘it’ girls wardrobe with balaclava loyalists citing the accessory’s convenience and versatility for its popularity. Now, admittedly it doesn’t get New York City in winter cold here, but southerly winds can bring a bitter chill to the air that calls for the extra protection offered by a ski mask.

Ganni Recycled Wool Knit Hat, $145, Ganni