Well, Autumn feels like it’s really here now. The thermometer has finally dropped below 20’c and it’s been raining on and off for the last few days. With the season change in mind, I’m going to answer a question I get asked a fair amount. How do you take the Rockabilly style through autumn and winter? I have to admit, I struggled with this a lot when I was younger, I was always trying to make my spring and summer items work for me through the winter with a bit of layering but it never always looked right or I was just freezing all the time. With time and experimentation comes experience and, after rocking the retro vibe for over half my lifetime, as well as a background in fashion, I feel I’m suitably qualified to give a little advice on this matter. These are by no means hard and fast rules, as always, dress for yourself, make sure you feel comfortable and forget about what other people might think! So, here are my autumn/winter rockabilly basics…
Black and white or navy and white striped long sleeve tee- A classic basic for all wardrobes.
White and/or black tee- A classic basic for all wardrobes. Fitted but not too tight.
Plaid flannel shirt- In a colour that suits you; red, navy and emerald are the classic colour options. Make sure it is super soft and not too tight.
A few pieces of knitwear- Fitted knitted cardigans, sweater sets and turtle neck, slash neck or round neck sweaters.
Zip up college style jacket- Can be layered under a warmer jacket/coat or worn alone as a jacket on the warmer autumn days.
Tailored, lined wool pencil skirt- A classic basic for all wardrobes. Go for plain black, tartan or leopard print.
High waisted turn up jeans- dark, black or mid wash denim- Freddies of Pinewood are my fave.
Tailored high waisted trousers or comfy swing trousers- Suitable for the office and super comfy. Go for black, navy or grey flannel or a even plain bold colour, such as red.
A versatile full skirted dress in a jewel tone that suits you- Something smart enough for evenings. This will double up as a full skirt.
A stretchy sleeved sweater/t-shirt dress in black, leopard print or a jewel tone that suits you- Sleeve length dependent on personal taste. Comfy AND sexy, bam!
Leather biker jacket- A classic basic for all wardrobes. Comfortable, chic and edgy. Every bad girl’s staple.
Full faux fur or faux fur trimmed coat- Depending on how brave you’re feeling. Some tailored coats come with a detachable furry collar trim for versatility.
Boots in a couple of different styles- Biker boots, lace up boots or furry lined ankle boots, depending on personal taste.
Some smart shoes- Creepers, brogues or saddle shoes work well. Again, depending on personal taste, or a pair of each.
Converse high tops- leather ones are better in wetter weather than the canvas ones. Buy a pair in a neutral colour like black, grey or brown.
A pair heels- Be them wedge heels or low heels, just as long as they are comfortable enough for daytime.
Bandana- Classic paisley, polka dot, leopard print, stripes. You can never have too many of these.
Hat or earmuffs- Furry leopard print ones are my personal choice for earmuffs. I also have a few berets. Something to keep your head/ears warm in the bitter cold.
Hair accessories- Bows, flowers, jeweled clips etc. Poinsettias and holly for xmas are a fun choice. Bows and sparkles add a little extra something. Get ones with the brooch fastening on the back for pinning to outfits and hats.
Braces/Suspenders- Plain black always work. They can be smart, fun or tough looking depending on how you wear them.
Woolly tights- In various colours, prints and patterns. Have fun with these, they really can make a difference to an outfit.
Skinny Belt and a wide belt- One of each at least. I love waist cinchers and obi belts at the moment.
Of course, a woolly hat, scarf and gloves should be on your winter wardrobe list too. Especially if it snows like it does here in England these days.
Now, you may think that the above pieces may not look overly rockabilly to you but remember, these are the basic items for your wardrobe. Everything else will be built off of and around these. They are fairly plain and neutral for the most part, this means they will mix well with other items. Also, it’s totally down to how you put them together and of course, the finishing flourish, your hair and makeup! So, here are some outfit examples using just the basic pieces above…
The High Waist Turn Up Jeans
The Jersey Wiggle Dress
The Tailored Pencil Skirt
The Tailored Trousers
The Full Skirted Dress
That’s 30 different outfits right there. I didn’t even include the outerwear or hosiery, which would mix things up even more. Think how many more outfits you could create by adding in an extra pencil skirt, sweater or shirt! The key to winter wardrobes is always in the layering when it gets really cold. So layer a long sleeve tee over the check shirt and then a cardigan or a sweater over that. Wrap a scarf around your neck, add a woolly hat and the furry coat and you’ll be nice and cosy. I hope that you found this post helpful, let me know how you carry your style through the winter, I’m always interested in new ideas. In the meantime, thank you kindly for reading!