Wear your winter warmers with style

As winter begins to bite, it’s the time of year when we start to think about warmth over style.

woman wearing layers of clothes dressed for winterBut ladies it doesn’t have to be this way. I had a moment of revelation this Bonfire Night, the deeply satisfying feeling of being both warm and stylish at the same time. It is possible!

Believe me, I’ve endured many a November 5th waddling around like an overstuffed sleeping bag, unable to put my bobble hat on due to the fear of bending my arms and splitting a seam.

It seemed compulsory to wear all my wardrobe at once.

But now I’ve come through the ‘layering’ tunnel, I have some seriously good tips to help you pile on the clothes while keeping your human form, sense of style and manoeuvrability.

Top tips:

  • Wear a soft touch shape vest as a cheeky base layer. M&S have great ones.
  • Keep layers fine. They trap more warmth and you can wear more of them. Light fabrics worn underneath with heavier fabrics on the top work well. Don’t try bulky and heavy together as this only makes you resemble the Michelin Man.
  • Try a thin denier pair of tights under your jeans if it’s Arctic conditions.

You’ll find three layers work best – here’s my guide:

Layer 1

M&S layering

M&S layering – start with t-shirts

Stick to what feels comfortable for you and your personal style. We don’t all have to go trend mad but sometimes a few little tweaks can make us feel a little more unique and well ‘with it’.

Start with any thin or long-sleeved base, patterned if you dare, and build from there by adding a T shirt, sweater or shirt over the top. Contrast layering adds interest.

Polo necks are big news this season. They’re really versatile and can go under anything from long waistcoats/sleeveless cardigans to day dresses.

Layer 2

Add your outerwear. A good coat always makes a great statement or impression and it can deceive onlookers into thinking you’re trés chic instead of the real truth… you’re harbouring  ‘that’ moth eaten Bambi jumper underneath. Just don’t take it off.

This season try:

  • Leather biker jackets with a blanket scarf .
  • Fur gilets over a jumper or jacket.
  • Duster coats.
  • Parkas for waterproof alternatives.

Layer 3

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Leather gloves at M&S £18

Accessorise darling. You can go to town with the colour and prints if you’ve kept the rest fairly neutral. Remember, these can tie in with your colour scheme or make happy contrasts.

Why not jazz up your outfit with boot socks, maybe faux fur trimmed ones? Or if you’re a little savvier, why not make your own woollier versions by cutting sleeves off jumpers.

Add a plaid or patterned scarf over the top of your coat to draw eyes to your face and keep your neck warm, of course.

Give your winter coat a bit of seasonal fluff by adding a faux fur stole or collar.

Gloves can be fun, too and there are some lovelies out there, from leather to leopard in all sorts of colours. Marks & Spencer have a great colour palette in their leather gloves.

Hats are something that us girls can be a little shy with because they are a statement and not for the faint style hearted, but if you get it right they can look amazeballs.  Even a knitted hat can look fab. Just try some on.  Believe it or not, I have a felt flat cap of sorts (Italian made) which I adore… it’s quirky just like me.

A word about boots…

I know a lot of women have more shaped lower legs and struggle to get long boots that fit over their calves. Well fear not because there are knee boots out there that you can try in varying prices.

However, I would say that a good leather pair is worth investing in as they will last you a lot longer and you’ll get your cost per wear back in no time. There are some links below for good stockists.

Also, many of the department stores have a selection, along with the high street stores.

So, it might be cold outside, but that’s just the excuse you need for some lovely layering and super stylish winterwear. Who needs sunshine?

Find out more…

Anything with elasticated backs give a little.

In black leather this long leather knee boot is versatile and set on a comfortable mid block heel ideal for everyday

Moda in Pelle: stretch panel boots

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Gabor Rachel Extra Wide Fit Leather Calf Boots

Winter coats: how to shop smart

Sara MARSDEN-SHREEVE

About Sara MARSDEN-SHREEVE

I’m an image consultant which means I get to help women look and feel great – it’s my dream job! I became tired of seeing so-called ‘perfection’ portrayed in the media, and it’s my aim to help women feel confident whatever their body shape. You can find out more about how I can help you by visiting my website.