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What Mums Should Wear in an Aussie Winter

Katya Bowd

Posted on June 04 2018

Whether you want to be ready for nights on the town or simply plan to look your best for whatever adventures are in store, it’s always a good idea to have a few key outfits planned for every season. There is a place, of course, for the staple apparel items. For every day, we mums can rock our jeans and moccies, doing the things we have to do around the home. But when it’s time to play, there’s nothing like hitting a favourite hangout with friends in a stunning knit dress and boots.

But who wants a million things in her closet, making it difficult to decide what to put on in the morning? It’s best to map out what you want available before the season begins. Start with this season, look through your closet to see what you already have, and get an idea of what you would like to add to your wardrobe. Once that is done, at the end of the season, you can pack up entire ensembles to be ready for when they are needed next.

So what does a mum need for her go-to winter clothes? Here are some of the essentials.

  • Leggings! A knit dress over leggings with the perfect boots is simply the easiest way to pull together something for a night out. It can be as casual as you like, or dressed up with the right accessories - whatever you need!
  • Jeans. Yes, they are fabulous for days at home when you have work to do. But it’s no secret that these beauties can be just right for going out as well. Again, accessorize well and play it bold with your other clothing choices. Nothing drab happening there!
  • A Pashmina. Take a neutral-coloured winter dress and add a splash of color with this versatile item.
  • Winter boots! If you plan to dress up, best to do it right. Keep the heels reasonable, and look for something that complements the majority of your wardrobe.


It’s no fun having to pull something together in a hurry, so plan ahead. Even better, you can really plan ahead and look for things that are marked down at the end of the season for next year, and save some cash.

Go for items with tasteful embellishments, and plan your accessories accordingly. It’s best not to have too much going on at one time, so if you have a bold item, try to tone it down with calm, classic jewelry. The key is, really, to just have fun with your winter wardrobe. If you have sensible items that can be dressed up or casual, go for a variety of these items! You don’t have to spend a fortune, because the real fun is mixing and matching them to see how many different ensembles you can create with a limited selection.

With your big-ticket items - namely, your boots and your winter coat - plan to keep the overall look simple. These are going to be your biggest multitaskers, so look for neutral colors that go with everything you may be wearing with them. Longer coats are a fabulous look with medium to tall boots, especially if you enjoy wearing more of a heel.

Take into account what the weather will be like if you plan to go out. You may only need something lightweight under your coat, especially if you plan to spend most of your time indoors. Something with a cowl neck adds flair if you don’t prefer using scarves or a pashmina. Look for classy costume earrings to round off the look of the cowl, and you’ll have the perfect mix of the “winter comfy” vibe and looking “put together.”

I’m a huge fan of making sure the colors and neutrals balance out between the main garments and accessories. Winter dresses are immensely appropriate when you want to play with this balance - the need for layering in this season gives your wardrobe an unlimited variety of outcomes!

The concept of a capsule wardrobe can keep the cost of preparing for another season reasonable. The staple pieces you choose mean you can have both casual and dressy options available for any occasion, and they can be easily organised with whatever that would complement them best.

When you are ready to switch out between seasons, there are a number of ways to organise everything for easy access next year. If you have flexible, zippered containers, they can be easily stored under a bed or in a closet until they are needed again. So your sandals can make way for your uggs, and the swimwear won’t take up space you need for gloves or hats. Find storage options that are transparent and can be easily labeled - and the labels need to be easily changed up, so they can be switched for the next season.

Winter clothing should flatter your figure, make you feel fabulous, and (obviously) have you ready for whatever activities are on the horizon this season. It’s time for mums to make a habit of wearing what we love, in whichever season we happen to be. But that doesn’t mean we have to let a jumble of garments and accessories from every season clutter up the closet. Decide what suits you, and give yourself permission to cull what doesn’t, and categorise them as you store them by season.

If it becomes easier to find what you’re looking for, and you can match up complimentary items at a glance, you will be less stressed and ready for anything at a moment’s notice. So, especially when the winter season is winding down, take a look at your favorite colors and styles, and piece together some amazing selections for next year. You’ll love switching up your closet for the season when you pull out beautifully paired items and complete outfits ready for wearing.

If you can do this for each season, you’ll find the secondary benefits to be pretty amazing as well - less laundry to do as you narrow down what items you really love versus the ones with which you “make do.” Storage spaces are put to better use for the same reasons - you won’t have mismatched, unused items taking up space. Boom!

What other ideas do you have for making the most of your winter wardrobe? Share your ideas with us below!