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Aimee Johannsen

Welcome Winter

Our Melbourne-based blogger Aimee Johannsen muses on winter coats and cold climates for her third post as our #writewithdjs winner.
When I’m looking for the perfect coat, my first thought is always: What is going to make me feel like I’m wrapped up inside a goose-down doona when I step outside my house on an 8 degree morning?

I understand this inherent fear of freezing temperatures is probably just reflective of living in Melbourne, but the struggle is real. Melbourne weather is something I discuss ad nauseam with my Grandma, who lives in tropical north Queensland. I’ve tried to explain the frustration of going out to your car on a winter morning and having to wait 5-10 minutes just for the frost on your windshield to melt away, an anecdote that she finds equally amusing and pitiful. 

The most important thing when choosing a winter coat is the quality; instead of choosing a fast fashion item that you can turf at the end of winter, look for an investment piece that you’ll have all winter long, and probably wear season-on-season. It’s back to that old saying, quality over quantity – less coats, but better coats.

The coats I’ve chosen for this edit are some of my favourite styles for the season and are a nice mix of statement, casual, weight and colour.

This bold statement coat from Camilla and Marc is really the king of this outfit, so I’ve paired it with simple greys in a couple of different textures and a bold earring that picks up the graphic white print on the coat.
Shop the Chroma Coat by Camilla and Marc

The texture on this Dries Van Noten coat (available in-store) is really delicate and ornamental, so I’ve stuck with a thick navy knit and dark indigo jean to create a clean, single colour base. A thick gold chain plays on the opulence of the coat, while the casual sneakers tones down the look but tie in well with its navy trim.
Find your nearest David Jones store stocking Dries van Noten.

I wanted to contrast the soft mohair of this Manning Cartell coat against the rough look of repaired and frayed denim, while letting the baby blue of the coat really lead the colour palette. Lately I’ve been a big fan of mixing these sorts of soft blues back with cream, camel and tan.
Shop the Fall Feathers Coat by Manning Cartell

This reflective Trelise Cooper coat is the focus of the outfit, so I chose to style it with a monochromatic look. The black culotte pants and structured white vinyl top add contrasting textures and structure without competing with the coat. As always, I’ve picked a simple black sneaker to dial down the look, just slightly.
Shop the Love is Furever Coat by Trelise Cooper

This wrap-around, kimono-like coat from Bassike is a no brainer for an all black, everyday winter look, but paired with statement fur sneakers. The sleeves have plenty of room, so it can be worn over really chunky knits or worn unbelted for a more layered look.
Shop the Wool Wide Lapel Coat by Bassike

Complete your look:

  • 1

    Oversized Funnel Neck by Witchery

    Cocoon yourself in style this season with the Oversized Funnel Neck Knit, crafted in a merino wool blend with a touch of alpaca fur for added softness.

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  • 2

    Cincinnati Sweater by Viktoria + Woods

    The Cincinnati ribbed sweater, with a relaxed fit and oversized silhouette, features multidirectional knitted ribbing and a drop shoulder that accentuates the contemporary silhouette.

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  • 3

    Wool Felt Fedora by Milana

    Made in Italy and crafted from wool, this beautiful fedora from Milana is a wardrobe must have. It features a luxe leather trim and felt finish.

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  • 4

    Knitted Eternity Scarf by Milana

    Add some colourful texture to any outfit with this eternity scarf from Milana, featuring a thick knit in three colours.

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  • 5

    Catalyst Boot by Mimco

    A key winter colour, this camel tone will work beautifully with blue denim and a more casual approach to dressing.

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  • 6

    Nile I Wedge Boot by Senso

    These edgy boots from Senso feature a chunky wedge week and sleek adjustable buckles.

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