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The Elder Millennial Guide To Fashion: Winter Wardrobe Essentials

I don't know wtf a shacket is, but I know I need one in my wardrobe this season.

It's all about tonal colours, apparently.

After a year living in trakkies, we needed HALP with our fash game. On our Instagram, we asked you to send in your questions and there were MANY. So, we’ve created 'The Millennial Guide To Fashion', with fash expert Lucy Scott, to give you the answers to the 'elder millennials' most important fash questions.

This week, we’re trying hard not to sound like the ‘cool mom’ from Mean Girls, but we’ve asked Lucy, ‘What’s so hot right now?’ And more importantly, ‘What’s so hot right now, that’s millennial appropriate?’

What trends should we be across this winter?

1. The Knit Set

It's the cosy chic older sister to the sweat/trakkie set, and much for friendly for a relaxed weekend look outside of the house and running errands. Brands like Elka Collective, Country Road and Mango all have affordable styles. Zara also have a whole section dedicated to Knit Coords, some more lounge vibes and other more dressy choices.

Other options include more elevated sets with a knit wrap top and matching skirt, great for the office and for summer, brightly coloured lightweight knit and shorts combos.

2. Tonal Dressing And Everything Brown, Beige And Caramel Shades

Forget black for winter, it’s all about autumnal hues (which also happen to pair nicely back with you existing black items). I love layering a chocolate brown knit under a beige trench coat with black pants or jeans. I find adding a third colour (or shade in this instance), makes your outfit look a little more 'put together'.

3. The Shacket

Part shirt, part jacket, this hybrid outerwear is a style you’ll see popping up everywhere, and a great relaxed option for winter layering, or leading into the warmer weather with jeans when you don’t need a floor length puffer any longer.
H&M - Long Shirt Jacket

How Do You Know When To Invest In A Trend And When To Get The Cheap Option?

A lot of people spend less on basics when these are the things you actually wear the most, so you need to weigh up cost per wear and this is when investing in quality pieces that will wash and wear well are be best in the long run. Take a Bassike T-shirt for example. Yes, they are $100, and upfront this seems outrageous, but I honestly wear these to death and have had them in my wardrobe for five or six years and they’re still going strong! They are also made in Australia from 100% organic cotton, so they are made more responsibly than the cheaper alternatives.

If you spend $25 on a fast fashion equivalent, you should consider why it is so cheap. And the answer is most likely that the fabric it’s made from is cheap and will not last as long (most likely high in polyester) and will pill or lose its shape quickly. Considering where and by whom your garment was made by is also important when considering the cheaper option.

The Top Four Things I Prioritise Investing In:

  1. Quality basics and tees as mentioned above. I usually buy mine from Bassike, Jac + Jack and Assembly Label.

  2. Coats I know I will wear forever = smart cost-per-wear investment!

  3. Boots (I usually invest in one nice pair every few years and choose a non-trend driven style so I know I won’t get over them!)

Now you know, so get shopping! And don't forget to use Shopback to get cashback from participating online retailers.

Stay tuned for more of The Elder Millennial Guide To Fashion and slide into our Insta DMs to submit your own fashion q's for Lucy!


Lucy Scott has worked in fashion for over 15 years, working with some of Australia's biggest brands. Lucy's favourite things in life are expensive cheeses and her cat Mavis.


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