The cold winter snap does not have to spell being all bundled up and getting lost in a barrage of frumpy mismatched pieces. Instead, by taking a page out of trendsetters, stylists and street style connoisseurs’ book one can be inspired by their wardrobe choices, whilst fulfilling two important winter criteria: staying warm but being stylish nonetheless. A few suggestions are therefore in order to bring comfort and joy to this dreary season.
1. Start from the shoes or, more likely, boots. Whether knee high or ankle, the sock boot trend is incredibly sleek but comfortable with block or kitten heels. You need not be restricted to black either.
2. Colour your winter and beat those blues. Lively colours need not be in summer’s domain. Reinvent your colour palette with different colour combinations such as red and pink, or mustard and burgundy.
3. Accessorize your outfit especially those monochromatic or more sombre tones of grey and camel. Statement earrings are the only thing you need really – they are one of this season’s most coveted items.
4. If denim leaves you cold to the touch, choose a woollen skirt and a rich burgundy over-theknee pair of plush suede boots. Better yet, why not try out a coordinated outfit? In that way you will be able to go from business to fun in no time with the right choice of footwear.
5. Use the trick of adding a third piece via a quirky or interesting detail, such as a blanket scarf (that can work overtime as a jacket when belted) or two jackets on top of each other, such as a leather jacket or blazer under a coat. The best layering outfit without feeling you are going to explode is: a thermal vest, a cashmere or soft wool polo neck, a blazer (on denim or a skirt), and a coat.
TIPS FOR BEING STYLISH WITHOUT LOOKING LIKE A SNOWBALL
• Thermals are your best friend – from vests to tights, you have a second skin that fits like a glove. This makes layering less heavy and more flattering.
• Speaking of flattering shapes, if puffer jackets make you look or feel more like a penguin than like one of those off-duty models who pull off this unusual trend, choose structured coats that cinch in the waist.
• Coats can be both stylish and keep you toasty. The key lies in the percentage of natural fibres as opposed to artificial ones. High street stores offer an enticing range but if you had to choose, a little extra money can make all the difference in giving you more wool percentage, which means a better run for your money. Opt for coats that have at least 70-75% wool over those that are cheaper in price because ultimately, the cheaper ones provide less warmth overall.
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