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So Last Season

Winter weather wardrobe must-haves

Wednesday, 17th October, 2018 4:19pm

I’m just going to pretend that the weather hasn’t gotten weirdly warm and instead focus on the fact that we must surely be headed towards chilly weather.

I’m looking longingly at scarves and wool hats and I’m focusing all my attention on preparing my winter capsule wardrobe.

The sartorial dilemma of being practical so that you don’t freeze but while also looking some way stylish is one that has perplexed even the most savvy of fashionistas for many a year.

Okay, that might be a tad dramatic but you get the idea, and there’s never any harm in having a well curated wardrobe of classic pieces that you’ll wear year after year.

It goes without saying that a winter coat is top of the list. Invest in a neutral colour like navy or tan that will quite literally go with anything.

My personal favourite style, that’s smart enough for workwear but still looks good with casual pieces, is a single-breasted overcoat. Flattering on most people, it really is a good all rounder. Pair with this seasons oversized scarf to really make a style statement.

These scarves look great slung over one shoulder, hanging down and belted around the waist over your coat or simply wrapped like a shawl around your shoulders for the ultimate in versatility.

This season the skirt has really come into its own, and if there’s one style that you need, it’s the pencil skirt. Think less navy suit skirt and more printed fabrics that add colour and print to your look. They look great with tights and boots or trainers and can be dressed up or down depending on what you wear on top.

Knitwear or silky blouses look equally as good so go for whichever you’re feeling on the day. Choose woven or thick fabrics to really keep out the cold.

When it comes to tops, I have two pieces which I feel will be great assets to your wardrobe. A lightweight roll neck which goes without saying and which I’m sure you’re sick of me going on about, but it really has given my late summer wardrobe great longevity.

A shirt or silky blouse is another great piece to have and can be worn layered with the rollneck and tucked into the skirt or worn with high waist jeans for a somewhat 1970s inspired look. Just remember to make sure your colours work well together with a neutral as a base.

We all know jumpers play a huge part in our A/W wardrobe, the virtues of which I have gone on about at length but what about the jumper dress? It keeps you cosy and looks stylish without you really even having to put much effort in and what’s not to love about that. Choose a midi style and wear with knee high boots for a great office wear look.

A classic jumper dress also benefits greatly from some well chosen accessories especially statement earrings or long pendant style necklaces.

If there’s one thing that makes me feel cold it’s chilly hands, but I absolutely hate wearing gloves, so the only way to remedy this is to get myself a great cross body bag that I can pop on and leave my hands free to be tucked into my pockets.

My cross body bag needs to be big enough to hold all my bits and bobs but not too bulky and I found a great classic black one in Next recently. Add some classic black boots and you’re ready to battle the elements!

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