Come winter, we all want to hibernate under a blanket until spring but who says you can’t look stylish in winter?! Personally it is my favourite season, I love layering up and here is how to get all cosy whilst still looking chic in the cold.
If the fashion designers have anything to do with it, this winter you’ll spend much of your time in the great outdoors. Countryside chic was a big trend on the catwalk with English plaids, tartan, tweed, sheepskin, leather and faux fur all making an appearance.
The big story this year is that woollies just got more wonderful! Think thick, textured, cosy comfortable cable knits. Team with dark indigo jeans or a little tartan skirt. You can layer up cardigans and scarves, and for chic daywear, embrace relaxed jumper dresses. Wrap up or reveal all in baggy or body-conscious shapes, from leopard print to a Nordic knit. At least if we have a long cold winter, you’ll still look fabulous! Just a little tip for those ladies out there that are an apple shape and carry your weight on the top half of your body, or have a large bust, be careful not to add too much bulk. Simple cashmere sweaters and fine knits are your best bet and are a long-term investment.
If there is one thing to invest in this season, make sure that it’s a coat that float’s your boat! Whether it be Military, Aviator, Cape, Tailored, Tweed or Fur, remember to always choose the style that best suits your body shape. If you are flat-chested, double breasted coats will add flattering detail. Belted coats and jackets will create a waist whilst the superhero cape will keep you covered and take your wardrobe to a whole new dimension. Just make sure you balance the volume on the top with slim trousers and boots. A Camel coat is a classic and wearable investment piece. Make sure the tailoring is simple and effortlessly chic. Camel is the new colour of luxury and was seen all over the catwalks. Flattering on so many different ages and skin tones, perfect for any professional ladies out there needing to make a fantastic first impression.
Gloves ruled the international catwalks. Stick to soft leather or suede, but anything goes colourwise. Opt for elbow length and leave them long or scrunch them down. If you want to add a bit of colour to your winter wardrobe on a budget then this is the perfect solution.
Riding Boots are a mini-trend this season. A pair of equestrian inspired leather boots in black or brown will add a neat and sleek finish to a number of outfits. This season’s versions have flat heels and shiny buckles. Wear over a pair of skinny jeans, leggings or team with thick black opaque tights by Wolford and a jumper dress. I would always advise to spend what you can, you really do get what you pay for where footwear is concerned. A pair of good quality winter boots will last you years if you take care of them. I recommend Collonil waterstop spray to protect and care for the leather as well as boot trees. If you struggle to get boots to fit you round the calves, either to big or too small, Russell and Bromley do some great styles with stretch panels. Duo also specialise in wide or narrow calf fitting boots.
Faux fur is this seasons instant Glamour hit. Certainly nothing will keep you warmer. If you don’t feel comfortable adding the bulk on your body, tap into this trend with the use of accessories such as faux fur gloves, hats, bags and even trimmed boots.
If you want to be uber-trendy this season then you need to breathe in and buckle up! Belts have downsised, and now it’s all about the skinny belt. Perfect over knits or a coat to show off and cinch-in that waist.
Even though I’ve done all the research, so you can do the shopping, it may still seem a little unattainable. Fear not, it is my job to help. You may not have the time or even a clue where to start and just want to invest in some professional guidance and advice, either for yourself, or a loved one, you know where to find me.
Remember we all need help because looking good doesn’t just happen, and it’s the stylish ones that ask for it!
Article written for ecelle magazine December issue