How to dress smart in cold weather
Updated: Apr 3
Now that the temperatures have dropped and we really feel the November air right into our bones waiting for the bus at 7:30 am when it's raining, all I am would like to wear is my big fluffy pj. But I am afraid I can't, so I soon started to discover how to master the precious art of layering.
These are the basics you need to face the colder months whilst being decent:
- Thermals: leggings, roll necks, vests and socks. They are really helping you to stay warm.
The trick is to mix them well: if you are wearing for instance a mini skirt or a mini dress made of a a flimsy fabric, you can layer them up with either a thermal roll neck (Uniqlo rules with their heattech collection) and a pair of 60 deniers.
Roll necks are cool under deep v necks or pinafore dresses and that way you can also skip the scarf!
You could also add a blazer or a cardigan over and the trick is done: it would look effortlessly chic while being toasty.
Let's say you would like to wear your satin midi skirt or your favourite pleated midi skirt but it's 2 degrees outside. It's easily done: buy a pair of good thermal leggings and crop them just above the hem of said skirt (I usually cut them at knee length) so that they will be invisible.
Put a pair of sheepskin insoles in your boots or a pair of fancy socks and you can dare that bit of bare ankle without shivering the whole day!
If you are working in an office and you need to be smart, you can totally throw a silk blouse on while having a thermal vest or a long sleeve t-shirt underneath and style it with a pair of tailored trousers and a blazer.
Shoe-wise if you opt for a pair of boots for the journey you can bring in your bag a pair of loafers or flats and wear them at work.
Needless to say, jeans are your best friends now more than ever. They can just solve the whole enigma of what to wear in the morning and still look put together.
Paired with smart chelsea boot, you only need a fitted cashmere jumper on top (M&S and Pure collection basics are affordable and super soft) or/and a wool blazer. Perfect to look professional yet classy during busy days.
If you find denim a cold fabric, you could always wear a pair of thighs or leggings under for an extra layer or opt for corduroy.
It tends to be a bit unflattering at times, but if you choose well you can find nice cuts that will keep you warmer than jeans ( personally I would avoid the flare leg as it makes pretty much everyone overweight).
Wool trousers are another great option for a every kind of working environment and they look nice paired with either chunky sweater or a feminine shirt and a cardi.
The choice of the coat is crucial and I can't praise enough the qualities of a wool or cashmere one.
The higher price will be definitely worth it and it will repay itself as it will last for years and years to come. You don't need to own 10 of them. A good one is enough and you can find some quality ones on the high street nowadays too.
In terms of colour I would pick a classic camel or a timeless black in order to get a lot of wear out of it in every situation and while wearing all sort of outfits.
I recently bought myself a teddy coat. I swear, it's super cosy and it keeps warm but because I reckon it is not going to stay in fashion for long, I decided to buy a second hand one on Ebay. It curbed my appetite for the trend and it does the job perfectly without spending a fortune.
In my opinion, it is better to invest in good outwear and shoes rather than design t-shirts or dresses (many of them are incredibly pricey and they are a polyester blend anyway)
Puffer jackets are the way to go for the coldest and rainiest days and you could find amazing casual ones in Arket or Zara.
If you are afraid that they will make you look like the Michelin man and you need something a bit more elegant I highly recommend you to try the cube by Max Mara.
They are very thin and compact (they can literally be folded and stay in a small cube bag that comes with them hence their name) but super warm and stylish!
It is a very expensive item so if you can't spend that amount you can always look online for a pre-owned one. They are incredibly sturdy and resistant. Mine has 5 solid years and it still looks brand new!
What to wear to imminent Christmas parties?
What to wear to an winter wedding?
The holiday season might require some special events but we also need to be prepared for the worst weather of the year.
Velvet is the answer if you don't want to give up on style: it could be in the form of a beautiful suit or a ladylike dress.
Play with accessories ( gold and silver shoes or bags would be great) and your are good to go.
If you own a silk dress or something that could be a bit too thin to be wore alone and you don't mind splurging on outwear, I would dare a fur coat. If you don't like real ones (not only for the ethical reasons but also of the price range) there are many affordable yet nice alternatives that will dress up every outfit while keeping you warm.
I hope you enjoyed my tricks, stay tuned for my next post on Friday!