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What I Wore: How to wear shorts in Winter {featuring James & Co}

JACKET: James & Co “Cassandra”* {exact match}, BLOUSE: Target Australia {similar here}, SHORTS: Kmart Australia, BOOTS: Target Australia, TIGHTS: Target Australia, EARRINGS: Lovisa, SUNGLASSES: Cambodia Market {similar here}, LIPSTICK: Maybelline Australia Super Stay 14hr Megawatt in “Burst Of Coral” {exact match

Sometimes it is nice to escape to your roots. My Mum celebrated a birthday over the weekend and I couldn’t not fuel up, pack some snacks, pick a playlist (Halsey, MS MR and Purity Ring) and road trip my way down to my home town of Manjimup. About three and a half hours from Perth, Manji is a sleepy, country town that can only be described in two words – green and freezing! If you thought Perth was cold you need a trip down south to feel the bitter chill. I love going home. Besides the obvious factor of my entire family still being down south, it’s just great to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, even if it is only for the weekend. 

My short escape was spent drinking too many coffees, visiting relatives, eating way too much food and spending quality time together as a family. Unfortunately my brother was working over the weekend so he was unable to make his way home, but my sister and I loved every second of being home with Mum and Dad. 

As I mentioned, the weather is very different to Perth, and I’ll admit I had a little bit of trouble deciding what would come home with me in my suitcase. The obvious items made the cut (scarf, boots and fuzzy pjs) but thankfully my brand new James & Co vegan leather jacket* arrived the day I was heading home. I’ll admit I lived in it all weekend. Soft and luxe, faux leather is the only way to go in my book. Who wants to wear a skinned animal across their shoulders? Not I! (No offence to those who do, I’m just not a fan). 

The ethos behind the company is pretty straight forward. ‘Where style meets humanity’. The use of faux fabric supports cruelty-free lifestyles, so the new line is not only about making you look good but also feel good. From feminine to something a little harder, there really is a design to suit every woman. I chose more of a “biker” look jacket, knowing I could dress it up and down, but for my weekend down south it was all about warmth really. The jacket is lined in a gorgeous silky fabric so you can slip right into it, with the option to zip it up or keep it open. Being a busty lass I opted to keep it undone, but the sizing is quite generous so I did have plenty of room if it got that little bit colder. James and Co was kind enough to offer my readers a cool 10% off if you’re looking to get yourself some hot vegan leather. Simply enter WA10 at the check out!

I could have worn jeans with this outfit, but I’m loving the idea of wearing shorts in Winter! According to my Nanna, this outfit was pretty “groovy” which is a total compliment because even at 70 years old, Nanna is still rocking the statement jewellery and prints. Maybe she is who I take my fashion inspiration from? You may remember these checked monochrome shorts from a previous post last Summer (more on how to wear a statement short in the warmer weather here) but paired with thick stockings and a textured blouse they transition perfectly for the colder months. My advice – go for a thicker denier tight, because you can still feel the chill through the fabric. Plus if you’re rocking a statement print like I am, keep the rest of your outfit pretty plain, as you don’t want to take away from the shorts. Flats would also work with your tights and shorts combo, but I opted for a suede look boot from Target (and they were only $40), as I knew I’d be wandering around my grandparents farm that day!


My grandparents property “The Lazy J” has been in the family for fifty plus years, and I’ll be sad to see it sold later next month. I had to snap a few goodbye pictures for this post, as I grew up on this beautiful green land! And isn’t it stunning? My sisters dogs Butter and Pepper were more than happy to take a wander with me, plus it turns out they are also posers like their Aunty! 

Are you are fan of ethical fashion? Where did you grow up? Would you wear shorts in Winter?

E x 

*James & Co jacket gifted for my review. All opinions are my own. 


  1. twenty says

    Magnificent post. I grew up in a beautiful place and there is no place like home. Perfect backdrop for your photo shoot.

    As for ethical fashion, well, once upon a time it was the only way for people to stay alive in the cold (wearing animal furs and so forth). But in those days every part of an animal was used for survival, from the flesh for food to the skins and furs for clothing and shelter and there was never a shortage of animals and no need for culling . Of course, as they say, times have changed. God forbid should a certain group of animals run rampant in numbers, there will be no one willing or able to cull them or make good use of the skins etc as the age old knack of knowing about the land and animals will be gone and forgotten. I’m probably not politically correct even mentioning such things but never mind. Your jacket, even though not real leather, is beautiful. I would never want to kill an animal just to make a jacket but once upon a time the jacket made from an animals skin would have been a waste not, want not aspect and handy and useful bi product.

    • Totally know what you’re saying T! I’m just glad the jacket looks this good and no moo’s were harmed 🙂

  2. Super duper cute outfit – looking hot in those shorts, you minx! Love how the puppycats coordinate with your outfit!

    I’ve got some gorgeous winter shorts that I wear paper-bag waisted over opaques, but due to my current bloated tummy sitch, paper bagging is not something I’ll be rolling with!

    • Aww stop you! Thanks so much ! First time I’ve ever done the stockings and shorts thing, really liking it, especially with the jacket! 🙂 I hope you belly is okay / bloating is never fun x

  3. quelinestewart says

    gorgeous shorts and your hounds are adorable!! 🙂 I like this idea of the shorts over tights, I saw it a lot in Korea, but I have never tried it myself…maybe I will 🙂

  4. Ok Em, I am totally inspired to dig out some shorts now. I think this could work perfectly in Melbourne once the weather warms up a tiny bit. Bron x

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