Maison Margiela black tshirt dress / STELLA McCARTNEY coat / Yves Saint Laurent black high top shoes / 3 1 Phillip Lim black shoulder bag / Marni necklace / Michael Kors stainless steel watch / Marni bracelets bangle / Smoke & Mirrors mirrored glasses
My favourite time of year is coming up.
It’s the last month of Winter and as the days start getting warmer, the need to layer fades. Soon the amazing feeling of throwing a coat on over a short t-shirt dress and kicks will be all you need to step outside into the great outdoors. Gone will be the days of trying fruitlessly to grab on to the ends of cardigan or sweater sleeves so that they don’t bunch up under your coat sleeves. Which by the way are way too tight to fit anything under comfortably anyway.
As a minimal dresser, layering items in Winter is just not my forte. I end up just being either way too cold, or way too hot. Also anyone who wears a lot of black will know the pain of putting on a entire black outfit, consisting of many layers, only to find that some of the blacks you’re wearing are blue/black, some are red/black and some are green/black…
The struggle is real.
So I’m completely brain dead, slightly jet lagged and really cold right this minute. Writing a blogpost probably isn’t the greatest idea, but if I wait for a moment when my brain is at full capacity, we could be waiting awhile.
Instead, I’m going to leave you with some thought provoking photos of me looking wistfully over Luna Park. While it may look like I’m deep in thought and reflection, what I’m really thinking is “I’m so cold… I wonder if they have hotdogs down there?”
And with that I leave you with a quote from Parks and Rec. Why? Because nothing else in this blog posts makes any sense that’s why.
“Zerts are what I call desserts. Tray-trays are entrées. I call sandwiches ‘sammies,’ ‘sandoozles,’ or ‘Adam Sandlers.’ Air conditioners are ‘cool blasterz.’ I call cakes ‘big ol’ cookies.’ I call noodles ‘long-ass rice.’ Fried chicken is ‘fry-fry chicky-chick.’ Chicken parm is ‘chicky-chicky-parm-parm.’ Chicken cacciatore? ‘Chicky-cach.’ I call eggs ‘pre-birds,’ or ‘future birds.’ Root beer is ‘super water.’ Tortillas are ‘bean blankets.’ And I call forks ‘food rakes.” – Tom Haverford
Until then, tomorrow marks phase one of trans seasonal dressing.
Without really knowing if the days are going to hot, cold or lukewarm, my clothing options are without a doubt going to become slightly confused over the next few weeks. I’m talking beanies with t-shirts and coats with sandals confused. This phase is mostly spent feeling too cold to take layers off, but too warm to have any extra on.
The timing of phase two really varies depending when we have that first really unseasonably warm day. The day that causes girls everywhere to think “I could be wearing shorts today.” What happens next? A false sense of security that fools you into pulling out their denim cut offs only to spend a few extremely uncomfortable days being unnecessarily cold.
The third and final phase? That glorious day when you pull on your bikini for the first time in 9 months, dip your toes into the crystal clear ocean, only to go running and screaming away from the freezing cold torture that is the ocean in spring.
By then, the sweaty, humidity of Summer will be welcomed with open arms.
“Winter is Coming”, or so we were promised in season 1 of Game of Thrones. Now, with 4 seasons down, we find ourselves still patiently waiting and Winter has still, not come.
Similarly Sydney siders have found themselves in a similar predicament, minus the Giants, Whitewalkers, Wolves, Dragons and the biggest battle The Wall has ever seen.
However, today, you finally came through with the blustery, icy, Winter goods. It only took you two and a half months of lukewarm “winter” days and the threat of Spring around the corner, to actually get there.
Thankfully this icy blast coincided directly with designing Jigsaw’s AW15 coats. With freezing cold toes and a sniffly nose as my inspiration, I armed myself with my thinking cap, in the form of my Brooklyn Nets Pom Pom beanie, and I directed my full attention to researching styles, fabrics and everything outerwear.
Next season you will be seeing the continuation of a more relaxed silhouette, semi masculine styling, checks, plaids, herringbones and tweeds.
The season will be all about bringing a subtle femininity to slightly masculine styling. Tones of powder blue, hues of dusty blush and notes of lilac will be paired with easy throw-on, straight, DB coats. While large, brushed checks and knit textured tweeds will envelop you in comforting cocoon shapes with oversized collars, pockets and sleeves.
Come AW15, for those of you who haven’t already met, say hello to the season of ‘Relaxed Femininity’.
AKA my most comfortable Winter wardrobe yet.