It’s all too easy to look unfashionable in the winter months since the cold weather makes us resort to piling on the layers from tank tops to ancient wool sweaters recovered from the confines of the closet. But this isn’t a glamorous winter look! Avoid looking outdated this season by putting some thought into your winter wardrobe.
As hinted at before, layering is really easy to get wrong. Badly chosen garments can make you look larger than you are and can also make you feel really uncomfortable.
Invest in a few key layering pieces to ensure you never look shabby and unfashionable even in the cold weather.
Work your way up from a short or long sleeve tank top which should be concealed with a shirt for men and a blouse or dress for women. Choose natural materials like cotton to let your skin breathe through all the layers.
Depending on how cold it is, top off the look with one or two layers of cashmere, mohair or merino wool to keep you really cosy. If you’re going for two layers, start with a long sleeve t-shirt and complete the look with a floaty cardigan or chunky knitwear. The luxurious fabrics will both keep you toasty and looking fabulous.
Throw on a trendy coat to finalize the look and wrap yourself up in a scarf. Ensure your coat is wide enough to accommodate all the layers of clothing. There’s nothing worse than not being able to button your coat in the winter chill.
When it comes to the lower half of your body, women can pair tights with leggings or trousers. As tights are fitted, they won’t show under your trousers or leggings.
Men should purchase a specialist thermal base layer for wearing under a pair of trousers.
We spend so much time wearing outdoor clothing in the winter so it’s important to look good when out and about, as well as when hiding indoors.
A hat, a scarf and gloves can make or break an outdoor outfit. Try to strike a balance between fashion and practicality. Fortunately, with the wide range of winter accessories available nowadays, this isn’t too difficult.
To stand out, choose a set of accessories in a color that lightly contrasts your coat. You can also buy each item separately. For example, a fitted cashmere cap looks great teamed with a scarf or large shawl and leather gloves.
Essentially, just as with the layering pieces, the focus should be on quality fabrics as these are what will keep you warm and looking good.
Thick socks are key to surviving the winter months with warm feet. Slip a pair of woolen socks over your usual pair for extra warmth. If it gets too hot indoors, these can easily be slipped off.
Both men and women should have a pair of quality leather boots that are made to be worn in the winter and feature a warm lining. Ideally, keep one pair for wearing in the city and teaming with your work clothes, and one pair for wearing in more casual situations. Don’t risk ruining your sleek city boots in the wilderness!
In wet weather, there’s no better choice than a pair of rain boots which come in a range of styles and colors from traditional rubber boot to contemporary glossy colors. You could even pair your rain boots with a welly sock, which will not only keep your feet dry and warm in the wet, snowy weather, but also add an extra bit of style to your winter look. Some boots even have a heel so you can really get away with wearing rain boots in the city as well as in the great outdoors.