Brace yourself, winter is coming.
They say life is short and for many of us it seemed like just another catchphrase.
We don’t blame you – the internet is filled with motivational quotes and sayings that, more often than not, aren’t really relevant to everyday life. Not this one.
It wasn’t too long ago we were writing about Black Friday, then December and all the possibilities the holidays brought. Now we look up and it’s already March. Not just that – it’s the end of March. And as much as we’re looking forward to the upcoming public holidays, we secretly fear they’ll just be another blink and you’ll miss it cameo.
That’s why, even though we’re still perspiring from the sweltering Summer sun, we put on our best Ned Stark voice and prepare to face yet another Johannesburg winter.
There’s no burger like a Joburger, but in June, these burgers are truly frozen.
Many people have an intense dislike of winter and it’s easy to see why. You don’t feel like going out. It’s always grey or rainy (or both). Getting out before work is an absolute NIGHTMARE, and don’t even get us started about stepping out of the shower.
We’ve been there, we feel you.
But whereas many choose to look at winter and see cloudy skies and frozen fingers, we choose to see possibilities. Call us weird, but we’re looking forward to it. Or, should we say, we’re looking forward to the opportunities that come with it.
Here’s to hot chocolate and nights under warm blankets, cuddling with a loved one. Here’s to being toasty and indulging in rich, steaming comfort food. Here’s to soup and fluffy slippers, warm weekends curled up and, yes, here’s to onesies.
Most of all, however, here’s to your chance to let your fashion sense truly shine.
Anyone can look good in summer- all it takes is a quick throw on and you’re good to go. It’s even easier for guys. Jeans, t-shirts and a good sneaker, it’s quite literally 1,2 and 3. Winter, however, is where we separate the style-stars from the pretenders. It’s sort of a rite of passage, a true test of your mettle- if the Spartans were still around, it’s what they’d do to show their worth.
We’ve taken a look at some of the upcoming 2019 fashion trends so you don’t have to. We’re cool like that. Pun intended.
Let’s talk capes:
No, we’re not saying go full Avengers on us. Even Thor struggles to pull that look off, and have you seen him? We’re talking about the perfect accessory to that super sexy coat you’ve been saving for your next winter adventure. Don’t believe us? Everyone from Marc Jacobs to Coco Channel have featured them in their latest collections- and we think they know a thing or two about fashion.
If you like it, put a belt on it:
Women’s suits were all over autumn and winter runways, but there was an understated yet vital trend to go with them- belted sets. With added layers come, well, added layers. And if you’re not careful, you can look like you’ve really stocked up for the winter. A good way to contrast this heavier look is to quite literally nip it. Everything from oversized jackets to heavy coats and, yes, women’s suit jackets, can look a whole lot classier with a simple leather strap. Go figure.
Everyone loves a heavy coat- if not for the fact you feel as warm and toasty as a marshmallow on a braai. This winter, why not take it further? Ankle grazing jackets are the chic version of oversized statement pieces. Even Cara Delavigne has been seen rocking them- so do it like the real icons and you’re good to go.
Patchwork and fleece:
Remember your favourite, most cosy blanket? The one you can’t live without and use every day to curl up and hibernate? Turns out it looks pretty cool if you wear it. Keep your eyes peeled for jackets, jerseys, scarves and coats made from unconventional materials. Retro is cool. Blankets are hot. You should try to be somewhere in between.
Needless to say, you’re pretty much sorted this winter with Sandton Central. We have an abundance of stores for ladies, men’s and kids wear alike. We’re a shopping mall, after all. Whether it’s your favourite department stores, independent retailers or your REALLY high-end chains, you know we’ve got it all.
Take a look at our store directory and find out if there’s anything there worth tickling your fancy.
So yeah, brace yourself, winter is coming. But we know you’ve got this.