Melbourne-based freelance stylist Jade Leung is hoping to see some bright spots this winter. “Looking through the lookbooks, there's a lot more colour around, especially coming into autumn and winter,” she says. “In winter you look for that coat and it’s always a black coat, or navy. But there are a lot more options now, like gorgeous whites, khaki and yellow. It’s kind of nice to brighten up winter with your wardrobe.”

Before the cold weather kicks in, we asked Leung for her Melbourne winter fashion must-haves.

Basic knits from Uniqlo
Leung says great winter outfits always starts with a knit. “As it comes into colder weather I swap my cotton t-shirts out for cashmere,” says Leung. “I like to start with a turtleneck and layer things on top of it, depending how cold it might be that day or what I'm doing.” She loves Japanese clothing giant Uniqlo for its winter basics, like affordable cashmere turtlenecks and easy black pleated pants. This season, also look out for tweed waistcoats and jackets from the brand’s collaboration with French style icon Ine De La Fressange.

A men’s hoodie from Jac + Jack
Leung always tries to incorporate a little bit of menswear into her everyday style. “A garment is a garment,” she says. “It’s about self-expression and how you wear it.” This relaxed-fit hoodie from Australian brand Jac + Jack is on her must-buy list for the season. “It’s one of those jumpers I’d buy and keep forever,” she says. “It’s long-term thinking in terms of staple wardrobe pieces and it also layers well.” Buying things bigger and styling them up, creates an interesting winter silhouette. Leung would wear this with “a gorgeous pleated baggy trouser” and tuck it in. “I’d definitely put a trench over the top. Or even wear it with bike shorts and a blazer.”

Tonal layers from Viktoria & Woods
Leung loves the idea of tonal layering in winter. “Tonal looks are always really impactful,” she says. “It’s a really cute way to look really polished without having to think about it.” This season, she’s layering this beautiful blue-grey tailored coat from Viktoria & Woods over a relaxed-fit blue wool suit so “there’s lots of different visual things going on”. Of course, the pieces can be worn separately too. “If I wanted to dress the coat down, I’d put a skivvy or hoodie underneath,” she says. “The light colours are quite refreshing and have a cool sophistication I think will be a really nice palette change in winter.”

An oversized trench from Camilla and Marc
Everyone should have at least one trench coat – they’re perfect for winter layering and especially important in Melbourne, where they make a great windbreaker. While your coat should be colourful, your trench can be more subdued– except when it comes to the shape. This winter Leung is going oversized, like this one from Camilla and Marc. “If you go a little bit bigger it creates more of a dramatic silhouette,” she says. “It’s more of a fashion moment. Also, it means you can fit more under it. Which is perfect for me because I’m always freezing.”

Textures and colour from Oroton
After two long years of lockdown, Leung is noticing a whole lot of colour in stores. “Everyone’s out, they’re ready, they don’t want to look at black anymore,” she says. If you’re keen to play with colour, add some texture into the mix. Leung is loving the look of these cosy ribbed pants paired with a leather overshirt from Oroton, with pops of red and pink layered through the outfit. “In winter, playing with texture as well as colour can be really fun,” she says. “You could do an outfit like this in black and it would work. But it’s so much more fun in colour.”

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