WINTER STYLE SECRETS: MY TOP 5
I seem to be one of those people who exist in a TOTALLY different climate to everyone else. So, when the whole fam’ are strutting around in shorts and Ts, I’m the one whining to put the heating on – in the middle of June!
Similarly, while the world around me wears tea-cosy hats, heavy coats and fluffy muffs (!) – sorry, but as an ex-Fashion Editor, it’s technically not a winter style feature unless you shoehorn in the word, muff – I’m usually the one feebly fanning themselves with a limp receipt as the slap slowly starts to slide…
Sorry, I do digress!
Mr Husband is always the first to call me out when it comes to not dressing appropriately for the weather.
And that’s probably because sometimes I do manage to get it spectacularly wrong!
Especially when we head to Cornwall to visit the in laws.
Guaranteed, before you can say ‘jam first, then cream’ he’ll end up banging on about how “that’s not waterproof” or “you’ll be cold” or “you need more/less layers than that!”
B-OOOOOOO-RING!!!!! *eye rolls
He’s a little bit right.
(Who even said that?!)
So, in a bid to curb my confused-climate-condition, this winter I’m attempting to introduce some more practical solutions without compromising on style.
Plus, let’s not forget, even if you don’t have a broken body thermostat like me, it’s practically impossible to predict the weather in Britland, innit?
From the klaxon calling headlines announcing the Beast from the East is back to hearing little ol’ ladies at the bus stop chattering on about their crocuses coming up too early.
One thing’s certain when it comes to our weather, you never can tell.
So, if like me, you don’t want to look like you’re about to join the inuit community when you’re just going to Sainsbo’s; you still want to look stylish this season but without having to freeze your fashionable tits-off, then this list of my latest winter style secrets just might help…
1 GET A FLEECE
Farrrrrrrking hell, I knowwwwww! (Please keep reading. PLEASE!)
Look, I have nothing against wearing a fleece but they’re just so…BORING, PRACTICAL & GROSS!
There, I said it!
I know that fashun is having a little flirt with ‘ugly’ stuff of late, especially footwear.
Otherwise known as ‘fugly’ (fashion + ugly) we’ve seen Crocs on the catwalk, £700 designer ‘Dad’ trainers and more recently, tribes of Instagram fashun gals wearing hiking boots (in particular, heritage brand, Grenson).
So, that said, maybe we can welcome the fleece back into the fashion fold?
I’d suggest buying a neutral colour. I bought mine in black from Berghaus with a full zip, so no messing up your hair getting it on/off with a half zip.
If you’re not a fan of the ‘bulkiness’ I’d suggest a micro fleece because the composition is a lot thinner than regular sherpa fleece which tends to be heavier and chunkier.
This way, you can easily wear it as an extra layer, lining under any coat. I often wear mine under my midi-length duster coat or blazer and then it can easily be rolled up and stuffed into a bag. Don’t know about you but I tend to start the school-run feeling like a pack of frozen fish fingers then by pick-up, I look drunk and deep-fried!
2 INVEST IN CASHMERE
I. just. LOVE. how. utterly. wanky. that. subhead. sounds!
However, cashmere will keep you warmer, dahhhling.
Being non-synthetic, natural fibres are way more breathable. You can finally say ‘See Ya!’ to itchy, acrylic joompa sweats.
Cashmere is of course more expensive so if anything, a pair of gloves, a hat or a scarf or large pashmina are good starting points.
Once you try it for yourself and experience just how the clever weave controls your body temperature, you may end up investing in some more pieces that work in your winter wardrobe. Just remember, store cashmere well in vac bags and dry clean before packing away or those stale sweat patches could end up feeding a mega moth invasion.
3. BUY HEATTECH
I won’t wang on but I will say that these thermals from Uniqlo are a total game changer. Wear them under EVERYTHING – dresses, dungarees, jeans…
And on really cold nights, wear them in bed! I know how to show Mr Husband a good time, innit!
4. WEAR SHEEP SKIN INSOLES
I first saw these on my former boss’ Instagram and blog a few years back. Erica would always mention how she wears sheepskin liners in her trainers which is utter GENIUS because we all know that there’s nothing worse than a sliding sock, right?
And while I’m not adverse to frozen ankles, I defo draw the line at frozen feet!
5. PICK UP A PUFFER
‘Cause a penguin won’t help you stay warm plus it’s not a dissimilar feeling to wearing your duvet during the day, innit!?
What do you think then? See any muff-buys for winter here?
Scroll down to comment and see you next Sunday! If you’re booking your holidays this month, then you may find next weeks blog post really useful…