I'm just going to come out and say it: Brisbane winter fashion is a bit of a non-starter thanks to our sunny, balmy days right up until August's 'Ekka winds' blow.
No matter how many thick-gauge merino knits you splurge on — in the blind hope that the weather will drop below 20 degrees — there's just no convincing the weather gods. It just does not get that cold here.
Most of the time it's not even chilly enough to put a scarf on with a singlet, as traditional Queensland style dictates.
Because we know dressing for the Queensland winter can be a challenge, our sartorially savvy friends at Emporium in Fortitude Valley gave us the low down on the best Brisbane winter fashion.
Here, some of Brisbane's best fashion curators give us their fashion must-haves for making it through the 'cold' season in style.
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Tod's Ankle Boots | Maryon's Philosophy
Claire Campbell, Maryon's Philosophy buyer and director, is one well-heeled lady, so it makes sense that she would know exactly what those winter feet should be clad in.
"A boot with architectural lines and a hidden platform is an invaluable addition to even the most selectively curated winter wardrobe. The ankle boot style also works with Queensland weather like a dream, allowing shorts or dresses to make an appearance if the sun is shining. Wear them with a cozy cashmere knit and your go-to denim, or go fashion-forward with a sleek blazer and tailored shorts in the trans-seasonal months."
Dark Floral Prints | Alla Moda
Kerri Lee and Jan Tuma, directors of Australia's last true couture fabric shop, Alla Moda, have been in the business a long time. The fabric wonderland just celebrated its 30th birthday, making it a Brisbane institution, which is no surprise considering their coveted fabrics are the same as those seen on the catwalks of the world's biggest fashion houses. "We continue to inspire designers and clients with our beautiful edit of international fabrics from fabric houses that supply the likes of Dolce and Gabbana, Chanel, Lanvin and Erdem. The must have fabric for Winter '14 is an opulent dark floral, as seen in Dries Van Noten, Hermes and Marni. We have multiple options from cottons to silks." Check out their new Pinterest boards for all of Alla Moda's swoon-worthy inspo'.
Voyuer Skirt | Tengdahl
Tengdahl's A/W Collection explores the contrast between softness and strength. It reflects the dichotomy that exists within every female. Using Julie's trademark silks, chiffon, sequins, embellishments and bespoke Sophie Hallette lace, made in France exclusively for Tengdahl. "The range celebrates the intelligent, sensual, confident woman who yearns for longevity, and values Australian made designer fashion," says Tengdahl director and designer Julie Tengdahl.
Kilsgaard Collection | Eye Candy
Trish Burton, director and optometrist at Eye Candy Emporium says your peepers absolutely need a pair of these Scandinavian-designed frames for kicking winter minimalism goals. "Kilsgaard Eyewear creates contemporary, elegant, and simplistic eyewear that represents its streamlined Danish origins and Italian manufacturers' insistence on quality. The 'must have' style for winter is the Kilsgaard architectural minimalist style with the softened matte finish on the aluminium. A muted block colour that gives a clean finish to winter tones," said Trish.
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