4 Alternative Winter Essentials

For some people a beige trench-coat just wont do for the colder months. We need something a little darker, a little more interesting and something a lot more deconstructed. Here are four wardrobe pieces that I don’t think I’ll be able to live without this winter.

Fur & Look
Fur and Look by Martin Soulstealer

Faux Fur Coat

For days when you want to look fabulous, be warm and make absolutely no effort. They make a great contrast with lots of ripped stockings, or super short dresses and skirts. Plus they come in tonnes of colours and patterns. My favourite is my leopard print, giant fluffy coat because it can look simultaneously ‘put-together fashion blogger’ and trashy young girl (what with my love of Kinderwhore is what I’m all about).

Oh and they don’t have to be the most expensive coat around. A lot of people suggest buying vintage faux fur but I bought my coat for thirty dollars from a wholesale website and I still get tones of complements, wear it lots and it withstands rain!

Ways to wear it?
Pair a fluffy red faux fur with leather pants for a modern take on a rock look, or a black faux fur with the most ripped short-shorts you own for a deconstructed look. Add worn belts around the arms or waist for a take on apocalyptic fashion!

Tall Boots

Whether you love thigh high boots or a trusty pair of knee high boots, I would suggest investing in a good quality pair that will last forever. Doc Marten are perfection in a boot in even come in heeled versions. In my opinion boots go with absolutely everything; waterproofing is just a bonus.

Faux Leather Pants/Leggings

Leather is usually celebrated on the runways in winter, so why not take your own on a spin? Sometimes we can get a lot of flak for leather in summer weather. But for winter don’t forget to pair it with something you love, as to not feel invisible. Loving what you’re wearing in winter is key to staying on top of the cold!

Is anyone else aching for some pleather leggings by Black Milk, because they’re on my wishlist!

Something Obnoxious

When your waking up to the freezing realisation that you are actually expected to leave your bed today (how dare they?) it helps to pull on something that when you look in the mirror makes you say “I look fucking amazing”. That could mean absolutely anything, but I like to stick to statement items in bold prints with a bit of colour. Green leopard print is my favourite!

What’s your favourite thing to pull on in winter? Are you looking for anything obnoxious? Lots of you have just survived your own winter, so don’t forget to let us know your tips and tricks in the comments!



  1. April 28, 2014 / 7:53 pm

    Scarves. Scarves and hats and thick gloves and oh my lord the Scottish winter is cold. My winter staple of January four years ago was gaiters, because I struggled going to school without them.

    Unusual jumpers are my thing for winter (or any time, as I'm cold rife), but most of my other winter wardrobe suggestions focus on survival as opposed to style. Oh well!

  2. April 29, 2014 / 8:35 pm

    We didn't have much of a winter this year in The Netherlands (which I was perfectly fine with). I still want a faux fur coat and I once spotted an amazing second hand coat, but then I discovered it was real fur, which I'm very much against.

  3. April 30, 2014 / 10:54 pm

    faux=plastic. plastic=not breathable. then you're sweaty AND cold, and then you get sick. I only wear natural materials in the winter: wool, cotton, down, shearling. But I'm guessing your winters are probably more mild?

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