In the latest Fashion Files, Laura Stead-Churchill recommends ways to refresh your wardrobe for winter…

With winter on the way, now is the time (if you haven’t already) to pack away the summer pieces and refresh your wardrobe for the season ahead.

When you do this you’ll likely find a few things:

Jeans you’ve had forever. If your jeans are looking tired, take the time to shop for a new pair wisely – choosing a quality pair in a timeless cut and colour will always flatter and see you through many a wardrobe crisis.

Scarves – a collection you probably never wear. Scarves are the next best winter wardrobe staple – be it a long cotton wrap you can drape yourself in instead of a jacket, or a snood style such as the Metalicus piece (pictured) you can add for some extra warmth.

Lots of black. Most of us have a lot of it in the cupboard but consider some new alternatives this winter – navy and even olive are just as versatile in terms of what they’ll pair with and will help you feel less weighed down when you’re layering up. Even injecting lighter coloured pieces to pair with your black can really lift your look and your mood.

Layering pieces are the key to a winter wardrobe, especially in Queensland where the mornings and evenings are cool but you may not even need a jacket during the day.

Seek out a leather jacket (black actually is the best choice here), a great wrap or poncho, quality essentials in scarves and gloves, then add on-trend pieces such as a felt floppy hat.

Nanushka

Think outside the box of black for a coat that won’t make you feel as dreary as the cold winter mornings. Boyfriend and cocoonstyle coats (Nanushka, pictured, RRP$750, stockists 02 9358 0600) are a popular style currently but can make you look short so beware of proportions – they’re best worn with a heel and slim pant or skirt so you don’t look overwhelmed in fabric.

Staple the Label

A poncho is a great alternative to a coat and looks uber stylish with black leggings or leather pants.
Wrap yourself up in this Staple the Label blanketstyle poncho (RRP$119, www.staplethelabel.com) for a weekend-casual cool.

Calvin Klein

Many spend a lifetime in search of the perfect leather pieces. This skirt (Calvin Klein RRP$1454, www.farfetch.com) is sleek and timeless, and would stay in your wardrobe for a lifetime.

Dear Laura

Q: How should I organise my wardrobe for winter?

A: As with any time of year, but most especially in winter, it’s vital to clear your wardrobe of the space-hogging pieces you never wear.

Clean out those scarves and cut back to a couple of great ones you know you’ll get use from; go through the stack of jumpers and narrow down the best options; and have your coat dry-cleaned or freshened up at the beginning of the season, or upgrade now while there’s new-season options to choose from.

Winter pieces often cost more as it’s important to buy wool and quality fabrics, so make sure they’re stored carefully – knits are folded, jackets and coats are hung on coat hangers to keep their shape, and boots and shoes are stored carefully and kept in good repair.

Write to Laura at fashion@bmag.com.au