Dressing for the cold can be a challenge. Just how do you keep warm and look great? Team ELLE have complied our best tips for practical Winter dressing without sacrificing your style.
1. Leave the House in Your Duvet
Well, not literally… but a blanket scarf will do.
2. Know your Fabrics
That viscose top may look great, but is it going to keep you warm? Be wise when shopping for your Winter wardrobe – wool, cashmere and neoprene are all good insulators. These fabrics may set you back a little more cash but when the temperatures drop they’re worth every penny.
3. Learn the Art of Layering
You can wear a skinny poloneck under pretty much everything; Breton tops, slip dresses, dungarees and white shirts – there isn’t much that can’t be made better (and warmer) by this clever wardrobe savior. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try a buttoned-up denim jacket under a blazer or a leather jacket under a shearling gilet. Not only do layers add extra warmth, but with a little bit of thought they can really make an outfit.
4. Be Sneaky
They may not be the prettiest of things but the ELLE team swear by Uniqlo down-filled gilets. They’re really thin (but incredibly warm) so think of them as an invisible layer for under your coat, no one will ever know you’re wearing it.
5. Thermals are your new Best Friend
Another Uniqlo life-saver - Heat-Tech. If you need to replenish your basics, be sure to get yourself to Uniqlo; vests, tee’s, tights and leggings in a selection of colours with the added benefit of extra warmth.
6. Up Your Coat Game
Yes – black, navy or grey coats are very practical, but to make a real Winter statement invest in something a little more WOW. Throwing on an amazing coat is the simplest way to look stylish and stay warm.
7. Rock your Boble-Hat
A hat is a sure way to make a fashion statement, and like your parents always told you between 40-45 percent of body heat is lost through the head, so make sure you do your best to keep it in! From fedoras to beanies there’s lots of fun to be had with a hat.
8. Don’t Forget Your Feet!
Warm feet really do make all the difference and a pair of cashmere socks are a great place to start. Avoid canvas styles and opt for leather to keep the warmth in. Another top-tip is to put insoles in your shoes, the neoprene material insulates your feet from the cold temperature of the ground – who knew?