Winter Is Coming!

Author’s note: This post was originally written in late June, when winter was well on its way here in the Southern Hemisphere.

Well”¦is here.

(Side note: No, I do not watch Game of Thrones. I can’t get past the first episode”¦)

And with winter comes winter clothing!

Which brings me to the question: what do you wear to an engagement shoot in the winter? I grew up in Australia where “winter” meant chilly nights and warm mornings. Winter fashion isn’t really big in my family (think thick socks and flip-flops”¦I cringe!), so when I try to dress relatively attractively in the winter, I’m met with the disapproving look of “Why are you not dressed warmly!?” I love my family, but I want to look good and be warm!

New Zealand is a completely different ball game! Winter fashion is an art of the right layers and the right pieces of clothing. A warm, colourful scarf paired with a nice blazer or winter coat; thick leggings paired with a nice tunic and a cute belt to cinch the waist; knee-high boots, skinny jeans, and a cute fleece top—these are the things I see in Kiwi-land that make winter dressing so much more attractive.

So, I’ve been trying to think of ways to dress for the engagement shoot, so I don’t end up looking this guy:


It’s the Michelin Man! / Image via Running With Scissors

This is the route I don’t want to take. I’m a rather big girl (but getting smaller, thankfully!), so layers upon layers upon layers, etc. would make me look two-to-ten times bigger than I already am! So, no, I am not going to layer too excessively!

And so, with a plan of action in mind, I turned to Polyvore and made this board:

NZ winter engagement session

NZ winter engagement session by Miss Big

I own a lot of those clothes (or semblances of them) and decided they would be perfect for the shoot. It’s warm, it’s classy, it’s fashionable, and most of all, I won’t look like the Michelin Man! Mr. Big has winter dressing down to an art, and when you guys see the pictures, you’ll see how classy my boy is (even with a zombie on his chest).

(I would show you what we finally wore, but I’m going to be mean and not even give you guys a smidgen of a sneak peek! [insert evil laughter])

What do you guys think about my choices?


Mrs. Bighorn Sheep

Sydney, NSW, Australia
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February 2014
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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 2:39 pm

    Maybe I’m stupid… but isn’t New Zealand on the opposite hemispheric seasonal schedule as us (NY)? Isn’t it summer there?

    Also.. I just Googled a map of NZ. That shit is FARRRRR away!

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    bighornsheep 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:42 pm

    @lealorali: I wrote this post in June :) so you’re correct. Not stupid at all! I live in Oz so NZ is literally a 2-3 hour flight from where I am. It’s a beautiful place! I’ll make sure to correct the post and clarify when the post was written. Thanks for the comment! :)

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    MrsPadlock2B 488 posts, Helper bee @ 4:45 pm

    Well as another fellow Aussie I disagree about the winter dressing, everyone I know and most people I see walking around during winter time seem to be wearing pretty fashionable clothes. I am always admiring others trench coats, jackets and scarfs etc. I think because it really doesn’t get that cold here in Sydney some people just wear their summer/spring wardrobes layered. But I can tell you I shuddered at your imagery is socks and thongs/flip flops for the US, just too unattractive, I just can’t even. But there is the occasional person wearing short shorts and a shirt with uggs that I’d like to shake but they seem to be the anomaly.

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 4:59 pm

    You wrote it in JUNE?! Wow I didn’t realize there’s so much of a delay!

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    bighornsheep 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:32 pm

    @MrsPadlock2B: You’re probably right. I can see Melbournites and Adelaidians having a very keen winter-fashion eye, and those within the central Sydney area know how to dress. My area (south-western Sydney) doesn’t really get ‘cold’, and when it does, I see people either under-dressed (short-shorts and ugg boots, like you said) or overdressed. And then there’s the downright shudder-worthy (thongs/flip flops and socks).

    @lealorali: Haha, yeah! I only recently got accepted to blog on the ‘Bee and I’ve been blogging my wedding since last year(!) so there’s a lot of archival posts to go through. A lot of them are relevant, but some of them are older (for example, this one!).

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    cornmuffin09 468 posts, Helper bee @ 7:43 pm

    I’m a northern hemisphere bee, and we’re having our engagement shoot on December 30th, so hopefully it will be snowing… Trying to find a coat that didn’t make me look like the Michelin Man has been on my list since we book a winter e-session.

    As I’m also a bit bigger, I found this post relevant! I think it was smart to post it now for us Northern bees at least!

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    justjade 778 posts, Busy bee @ 2:19 am

    I am born and raised in Oz too and I had the same issue when I went to live in England. My winter was simply to add woolen tights and a scarf to my summer dresses I had no concept of snow boots or down jackets and felt continually frumpier than usual for the entire season I spent there wearing layers on layers on layers. I do love autumn trench coats though! and I think your board is spot on!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:29 pm

    Definitely learnt to layer being in Melbourne! You never know what the weather is going to do! And the climate is colder and different in NZ as well! I like the outfit choices and looking forward to your Christchurch engagement pics :)

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    mschandler 441 posts, Helper bee @ 5:49 pm

    I’ma kiwi bee! I LOVE winter fashion! Boots, merino dress, cute hats and scarves! Ugh, we’re into winter now and I hate it! Looking forward to seeing your pics!

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    jennyg34 52 posts, Worker bee @ 5:56 am

    I think winter engagement pics can be so romantic! And, as a sidenote, I’m kind of jealous- I dream of mittens, and boots, and pretty scarves and fashionably headwear! I live in Florida, so everything wedding-related for me was flip flops, summer dresses, sunglasses, and tank tops! But anyway…. so, I love everything on your board except the coat. I think the coat is very fashionable- but it has no cinching at the waist! If you want to accentuate your shape, I would definitely recommend a belted trench or coat, or just a more fitted coat. The skinny jeans are a must, though! Can’t wait to see how your pics turned out!

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    luluvohn 1194 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:07 am

    I just moved back to the Northern US from Florida and have forgotten all of my winter wear rules. I definitely go to work every day in leggings, a regular dress, and a cardigan.

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