What Our Fashion Editor Is Buying in the First Month of Winter

The first day of winter signals the true start of a new wardrobe. Out go the slides (for real this time), and in come the sensible closed-toe shoes. While overhauling your entire wardrobe is probably out of the question, by making small additions over the month, you’ll feel prepped for the season ahead. What should be at the top of your list? The perfect coat, a pair of day-to-night leather pants, and a cosy sweater (that won’t pill, moult, or make you itchy).

To help you transition into the coldest months, I’ve been slowly formulating the perfect edit of winter essentials.  Keep scrolling to shop the pieces I’m adding to my wardrobe this month.

Adding a belt is the easiest way to update your favourite jeans and tee combo. The western belt has been trending, so if you haven't jumped on board yet, now's the time.

This suede-look bag can be slung over your shoulder. Perfect for keeping one hand free for your umbrella.

I recently had a light-bulb moment and realised what my wardrobe has been missing. A plain black button down shirt. I'm adding this affordable version first, until I figure out whether it's worth the splurge.

This slouchy roll neck knit is 72% cotton, 6% silk, and 22% wool, meaning it won't pill and will keep its shape (so long as you follow the care instructions). I plan on wearing it with leather pants and half-tucking the front.

I always claim that I lasted all of last winter without wearing stockings once. That's such an Australian thing to do, right? This year, I plan to embrace the opaque stockings I neglected last year, and wear them with a denim mini, and the slouchy cream knit above.

Think of this as the update to the bandanna. It won't do much to keep you warm, but double it around your neck (as pictured above), and tuck the ends into your shirt. The result? A subtle showing of a neck-scarf.

If you're going to wear enclosed shoes, may as well make them Gucci. This pair did the street style rounds during Fashion Week Australia and I haven't stopped thinking about them. I wear a lot of monochrome, so these will add a much-needed boost of colour to my wardrobe.

If you can only afford to buy one coat this winter, don't get caught up in trends (the mistake I make EVERY year). Buy something classic, streamlined, and timeless, and then make your trend purchase next year.

Finding a quality pair of leather pants under $1000 is an almost impossible task. Without even meaning to, I stumbled upon the Camilla and Marc leather pants of my dreams. The cropped hem and relaxed silhouette make them the perfect pair of pants to wear from work to drinks.

What are you buying on the first day of winter? Share in the comments below!

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