Winter in Hong Kong is by far my favourite time of the year. The sun comes out and the skies are blue, and it is finally cool enough to walk everywhere without the fear of sweating through your outfit! You can finally rock some layers and maybe even pull out that new blanket coat spotted all over Pinterest. With all this newfound vigour, I popped by Jack Wills in the hopes of styling a few looks perfect for our cooler weather… and was overly thrilled with the selection! I even managed to snag a few very cool Ugg boots to pair with the looks. Take a peek below at some casual layered looks to take you through the months ahead.
Jacket, Sweater, Shirt, Pants: Jack Wills ; Belt: Club Monaco ; Hat: Vintage ; Boots: Ugg “Scarlett” in Chestnut ($2,300)
We really need more venues with fireplaces to curl up next to, but this will work equally as well for curling up with a mug of hot cocoa at Classified! The shades of evergreen, eggplant, and mustard offer up visions of fall leaves, even if all the trees around us still boast full foliage. We start with a sleeveless blouse with a pussy bow front – but this would be far too freezing to wear alone, so we welcome layer number two! The comfy cream knit will take the chill off, whether be it air con related or au natural. My favourite piece from this look is the quilted coat with buckle detailing at the collar. This is an item that you will grab year after year and pair with every shade of the autumnal rainbow. How classic would it look with a navy jumper underneath?
Keep your toes nice and toasty with shearling lined Ugg boots. Yes, Ugg still has a huge following for their classic boot (a la Paris Hilton c.2002), but they have really brought the collection forward with this new range. The booties are far more streamlined and flattering on the foot than previous collections. Don’t worry though, the new styles still offer the same warmth and comfort that stay true to the brands heritage.
Jacket, Cardigan, Shirt, Skirt: Jack Wills ; Loafers: Ugg “Meena II” in Chesnut ; Hat: Free People available at LAB Concept ; Bag: Vintage Dooney & Bourke
Wearing layers doesn’t mean that you have to be covered up from neck to knees. Here is an example of how you can stay warm by utilising layers but still show a little skin. This adorable plaid mini (did you see my Trend Watch on plaid here?) is perfect for the everyday running around when paired with a graphic tied up t-shirt and basic cardigan. Throw on a dressed up moto jacket over the shoulders for a relaxed vibe and if the temps really take a dip then just slip your arms in and you are ready to go! Paired with a distressed vintage Dooney & Bourke bag(thank you eBay!) and these laid back moccasins, I can dash from one to-do to the next with ease!
Jacket, Dress, Shirt: Jack Wills ; Boots: Ugg “Marela” ; Hat: Marks & Spencer ; “Get Wild” Book Clutch: PennyBlack (HK$980)
Here’s a layered look for a chill dinner out. Wearing white in winter recently went from being a no-no to an oh yes! This white short-sleeved lace dress will wear beautifully in the spring and summer months with a gold sandal and high ponytail, but that’s not what we are after here. I’m going to show you how to wear this number year round! After all, we are Sassy girls, and that means knowing how to get the most bang for your buck!
So take your sweet little dress and add a 90s inspired flannel around the waist (is that a nod to the crispy Seattle weather or are you just staying warm in front of the refrigerator?!). Now top it with the perfect olive anorak. If you haven’t yet bought an olive coat, then I suggest you stop reading this post and head to Jack Wills pronto, as this is one FW staple you simply must own! It will seriously go with everything and add a bit of an urban grunge look to even the chicest outfits, making you feel instantly younger and cooler. To add even more texture and pattern (why not layer those too?) I opt for a leopard beret and this limited edition PennyBlack book clutch. Be sure to take full advantage of the cooler temps by walking to your dinner of choice. That is super easy to do when your boots are this easy to trek in! These Marela boots by Ugg will look equally at home be it with a little lace dress or jeans and a jumper.
Coat, Shirt, Sweater, Shorts: Jack Wills; Boots: Ugg Darling Harness in Black (HK$1900) ; Hat: H&M; Bag: Danielle Nicole available at The9thMuse
Last up on our layered look list is this dark, prepster number which Gossip Girl fans everywhere can embrace thanks to the Serena-approved floppy hat and Blaire-worthy plaids! The classic button down and sweater combo is made cooler with the help of the itty-bitty tartan shorts. I suggest wearing these with thick black tights, not only for the purpose of winterising the look but also to add some modesty to their short-short status. A shrunken plaid pea coat will bring it all together and help you mix prints like a pro. Add a glam vibe with this Danielle Nicole clutch, which is the perfect size to hold all your essentials and take form day to night. These bags are super chic and very affordable as well! The silver hardware on the bag brings out the studs on the harness boots from Ugg, tying the look together.
Primer: Silk Priming Serum Base by Gucci ; Foundation: Lustrous Glow Foundation with SPF 25 in shade 040 by Gucci; Concealor: Prep + Prime by MAC; Blush: Beach Bomb Deniliss Blush by Terry; Bronzer: Sun Power Mineralize Skin Finish by MAC; Eye Shadow: Perfect Mono in Dahlia 100 by Dolce & Gabbana; Eye Liner: Eye Powder-Kajal in Intense Oriental Kohl by Terry; Brow Filler: Brow Duo in Brunette by MAC; Mascara: Dolce & Gabbana; Lipstick: Ultra by Dolce & Gabbana; All products applied with FaceTools
It’s not only our clothing that gets a makeover this time of year. You should also look to switch up your make up colour palette and add in richer, darker hues. I love this deep purple Dolce & Gabbana shadow as it is velvety smooth to apply and lasts the whole day through. The rich smoky charcoal liner from Terry does a beautiful job of creating a smoky lash line with little effort. To keep from looking too pale, contour your cheeks with a bit of bronzer from Mac and then add a rosy shade to the apples of your cheeks for that “I’ve been frolicking out in the snow” flush. My bag is packed with crazy bright lip shades of orange and pink and red though summer, but now I switch over to deeper tints that can stand up to my darker wardrobe. D&G’s Ultra is a wine soaked hue that will go with almost any look you sport. If you are feeling more daring, try out plum, raisin, and smoky browns on your lips this season as well.
Now when you see the mercury dip you know that you can reach for piece after piece in your wardrobe to layer with ease. Try a tip from Sassy That Girl Geneva and opt for only three colours in an outfit. That will give you enough range to get tone and texture variance, but keep you from looking like you just put on everything you own! Stay warm out there you Sassy ladies!
Jack Wills, Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, 3105 1798, www.jackwills.com/en-hk/home. Other locations in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui and Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong.
UGG, 2 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, 2893 1338, www.uggaustralia.hk
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