New Zealanders are well known for their love of all black everything when it comes to clothing (especially in winter), but what if you like to rock outfits with some colour? Here are some pieces that are sure to brighten up even the gloomiest winter day.
Whether you layer black under these or make the most of other great colours, kimono style jackets are a really versatile piece. In winter it’s super easy to throw them over super basic (but warm) outfits to make them more lively.
If you’re wanting something a little warmer than a kimono then a cardi might be the way to go. There are so many styles out there, in all manner of print, pattern and colour – how bright do you want to go? Cardigans can also be great for layering under coats if you get a style that’s more fitted around the arms and body rather than some of the looser circle or batwing designs.
When it comes to coats and jackets there are loads of style options out there (see some of our recent favourites here). Black is always a favourite because it’s a classic colour but this season we’re seeing lots of red and green options as well.
You’ve got the outer layers sorted but what if you’re wanting to wear something other than black underneath? There are quite a few colourful layering basics out there this season, which is great to see, but if you’re wanting something with a pattern the key trends are florals, spots, stripes as well as some more abstract prints – all in a variety of colour combinations.
Prints are a great way to bring colour into your wardrobe. Often they will have a plain colour as the background to the print (such as the black, white and blue in these dresses) – if you’re not sure what to go for in terms of accessories or what other pieces to wear the print with, have a look at that colour – it’s an easy way to tie your outfit together.
Printed trousers can be a stunning statement piece. This season we are seeing a lot of coordinates, but if you’re not wanting to get a matching top or jacket but still wanting to go bold, try picking out one of the key colours in the print to achieve a cohesive look rather than sticking with neutral tones.
Meagan Kerr also writes at This is Meagan Kerr.