Five looks to rock in Brisbane this winter

As the weather begins to get a little cooler, so too does our autumn/winter fashion. We caught up with five of Brisbane's most fashionable ladies to uncover this year’s most wearable winter trends. 

“Choose fashion that reflects who you are (or who you want to be) at work and play…” 
Sarah Merrett, Stylist

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Outfit details: Zara jacket and pant; Betts velvet heel; Myer (Piper) hat; Mimco scarf

Girl-boss Sarah Merrett of Mumma Ain’t Mumsy describes her personal style as “classic with a bit of a twist”, combining strong wardrobe staples with quirky accessories and vibrant pops of colour. The Brisbane-based stylist, who prides herself on helping women to “find their vibe amongst the chaos”, loves this plush and playful daytime look for its versatility. 

“I would wear the top half of this outfit to the races, and swap the black denim pants for a dressier pair of cigarette or flared style pants,” Sarah says. “I’d also wear the jacket and hat to Splendour in the Grass with a vintage tee, denim skirt and boots.” 

For winter essentials in the CBD, Sarah says you can’t go past David Jones, Zara and the Glue Store: “Having all the major brands and stores so close and accessible is a dream, ranging from affordable quick fashion through to all the designers.” 

“Playing it safe is ok but don’t forget to challenge yourself, push the boundaries and fall in love with statements…” 
Christie Sutherland, Editor

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Outfit details: David Jones (Thurley) dress; Dinosaur Designs jewellery; Myer (Tony Bianco) boots

As editor of homegrown fashion bible Style Magazine, trend-maker Christie Sutherland advocates self-expression through personal style. 

“Queensland winter fashion isn’t textbook; it’s unexpected and totally personal,” Christie says. “I love that we can embrace a trans-seasonal wardrobe; your summer/spring wardrobe does not need to be packed up into boxes.” 

This one-of-a-kind Thurley dress captured Christie’s imagination instantly, allowing her to express her playful side without compromising sleekness and sophistication. Paired with statement jewellery from Australian studio Dinosaur Designs, Christie describes the overall look as “classic and enchanting – a real-life Tinkerbell!” 

Best of all is the ease in which the look transitions from day to night: “For day wear, add a Puma Basket sneaker, Prada sunglasses and a top-knot,” Christie suggests. “When the sun goes down, switch the top-knot for wavy volume, add a pair of chunky heels and layer up fine necklaces with an over-shoulder blazer.”

“Stay true to yourself; don’t buy something just because it’s ‘on trend’, especially if it’s not really your style or doesn’t suit your shape…” 
Brooke Falvey, Lifestyle & Fashion Writer

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Outfit details: Myer (Alex Perry) dress, Myer (Tony Bianco) shoes

Bombshell Brooke Falvey of Blonde Ambition is renowned for her fun, fresh and flirty style, so it’s no surprise this head-turning Alex Perry Darcy Dress immediately caught her eye. 

“With its stunning asymmetrical silhouette, bright pink hue and those huge kimono sleeves, I am channeling a mix of Lisa Vanderpump, Legally Blonde and Barbie – with a splash of myself thrown in for good measure!” 

Queen Street Mall is Brooke’s go-to for retail therapy, whether she’s seeking high end or high street. “I can find everything I want there; plus I love to make a day of it and stop for lunch and a cocktail, or even a little pampering with a mani or pedi to pop out the other end feeling like a new woman.” 

As for winter staples she can’t live without, Brooke’s all about the boots: “My wardrobe features a mix of tan and black ankle boots, knee-high flat-heeled boots, and an over-the-knee Airflex pair in grey suede; a great versatile alternative to black or tan.” 

“There is no age limit to fashion. Try something new, have fun and enjoy dressing in the morning…” 
Jasmine Hunt, Blogger 

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Outfit details: Zara dress; Mimco boots; Furla handbag and cuffs

Self-confessed “professional window shopper” and bargain hunter Jasmine Hunt of Pretty Chuffed has a keen eye for affordable fashion, with Zara, H&M and Forever 21 her perfect CBD pitstops. 

“The atmosphere in Brisbane City – you just cannot beat it,” she says of her number one shopping destination. 

The proud mother-of-two admits practicality is an essential for life on the run, with fun prints, scarves and fabulous shoes as statement pieces. “I absolutely love this dress from Zara,” Jasmine says. “Embroidery is huge this season and I couldn’t go past the midi length too. The tassels on the Mimco boots are to die for!”

Jasmine’s favourite thing about winter fashion in the Sunshine State is that we don’t have to pay too much attention to keeping warm. Locals can focus on fashion rather than function. Like Brooke, Jasmine advises no winter wardrobe is complete without a great pair of quality boots. 

“If you're unsure about an outfit, go for the most simple look. Sometimes being simple is the biggest statement…” 
Chelsea KeimStylist & Blogger

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Outfit details: Myer (Asilio) dress; Myer (basque) earrings, Mimco shoes; Furla handbag

As an unashamed Carrie Bradshaw fan, model-turned-stylist Chelsea Keim couldn’t go past this chic baby pink Asilio two-piece. 

“When I saw it, I instantly thought of Carrie… Her style is everything!” Chelsea says. “The shoes and bag tipped it further over the edge, making it completely my style.” 

Chelsea suggests remixing the look by teaming the skirt with a plain tee or buttoned blouse. 

Favouring vintage looks with a modern twist, Chelsea says the best thing about a Brisbane winter is that “we don’t have to layer up like marshmallows.” And her advice for looking cool in the cold? Get yourself sorted with a gorgeous coat and the perfect pair of jeans. 

“Winter is most certainly the season my style thrives off; gorgeous vintage coats are my favourite!” 

For these winter looks and so much more, pay a visit to Brisbane City. With five vibrant shopping precincts, more than 1,000 local and international retailers and 200 restaurants and bars, Brisbane City is Queensland’s premier retail and entertainment destination. 

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