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Dressing for cold weather can be a bit of a juggling act. You need to keep warm, while accommodating the various components of your day (commute/exercise/office/dinner and whatever else), while looking stylish and pulled together (insert exasperated eye roll).
But fear not because we’ve narrowed it down to a digestible list of the key things so keep in mind to help you through the frosty period.
It’s a cliché, sure, but layering really is the answer to all of your winter dressing woes. Not only do layers trap air between them, which in turn insulates your body, but layers that you can peel off and pack on are also a saviour when you’re wedged like a sweaty sardine on the Underground, sitting in an air conditioned office or darting around Zara on your lunch break.
Choose the fabric wisely. Cashmere should be your go-to for keeping out the chill, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. According to Lyst the third best-selling ‘cold weather’ piece in the Europe this year so far is a Uniqlo cashmere sweater, and with prices starting from few euro’s it’s easy to see why. Think polo neck, under sleeveless dress, under chunky knit, under coat. But also think outside the box and don’t be afraid to try layering on the bottom.
Embrace the cold and wear a weighty jumper that you love and want to keep on all day. Make it the focal point of your outfit so that even when you’re indoors you’re not in a rush to whip it off. It’s tempting to get dressed and then pull on any old navy knit ‘just until you get there’, but inevitably you end up keeping it on.
Another investment should be for boots, boots, boots. These are the shoes that are going to keep your tootsies toasty and keep you looking stylish in the cold weather.
Chunky boots with a track sole – Asos boots are great for toughening up dresses (short or long) and for accommodating cosy socks. They are also good for stomping around in the sleet. Over-the-knee boots are having a moment and grant you the double benefit of keeping your legs warm. Colourful ankle boots will pep up your winter wardrobe, while also looking good with everything. As will velvet booties. If you can find a pair of boots that you want to wear day and night then you’re really winning.
Don’t shy away from bright colours just because it’s winter. Your cold weather wardrobe is crying out for injections of colour in the form of a punchy patterned coat or a zingy pair of wide leg trousers.