How to dress smartly in cold weather

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Today I am going to show you how to dress smart and elegant in cold weather.

It is almost winter in London, the temperatures have dropped and we really feel the wet November air penetrating our bones waiting for the bus at 7:30 am when it's raining, and all I would like to wear is my big fluffy PJ set.

Since wearing my PJ to work is not going to be a reality anytime soon, I thought of showing you how to master the precious art of layering and all my best tips and tricks to keep warm while being stylish.

Why am I the best person to deal with the topic?

Simply because an Italian woman living in London would find all the best hacks to avoid freezing to death and looking like a polar bear.

These are the basics you need to invest in to face the colder months whilst looking decent:

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- Thermals

Leggings, roll neck long-sleeved t-shirts, vests and socks. They really do wonders to help you to stay warm during the chilly months.

The trick is to style them properly: for instance, if you are wearing a mini skirt or a mini dress made of flimsy fabric, you can layer them up with either a thermal roll neck (Uniqlo rules with their Heattech collection) and a pair of 60 denier tights.

Roll necks are amazing under deep v necks or pinafore dresses!

Add a blazer or a cardigan to complete the outfit and the trick is done.

You will 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 frosty outside.

It's easily done: buy a pair of thermal leggings and crop them just above the hem of your skirt (I usually cut them at knee length) so that they will be invisible.

Put a pair of sheepskin insoles in your boots and a pair of cool, funky socks and you will be able to 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 wear your favourite silk blouse while having a thermal vest or a long sleeve t-shirt underneath. Style the blouse with a pair of tailored trousers and don't forget a wool blazer.

Shoe-wise, if you opt for a pair of sturdy 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 in autumn/winter more than ever. They can just solve the whole enigma of what to wear in the morning and still look put together.

Paired with a smart Chelsea boot, you only need a soft cashmere jumper (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 too cold, you could always opt for corduroy, which is also very durable.

Wool trousers are another great option for every kind of working environment and they look nice paired with either a 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. It will repay itself as it will last for years and years to come, especially if you decide to buy it second hand.

In terms of colours, I would pick a classic camel or a timeless black to get a lot of wear out of it in every situation and while wearing all sorts of outfits.

I recently treated myself to a teddy coat. 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 it a second hand 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 prioritise good quality outerwear and footwear rather than other categories of clothing.

Puffer jackets are the way to go for the coldest and rainiest days and they are great for casual outfits.

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 they are super warm and stylish!

Admittedly, it is a very expensive garment, so if you can't spend that much you can always look online for a pre-owned one. They are incredibly sturdy and resistant. Mine has 6 solid years and it still looks brand new!

What to wear to imminent Christmas parties?

What to wear to a winter wedding?

The holiday season might bring some special events to attend, but we need also 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 you are good to go.

If you own a silk dress or something that could be too thin to be worn alone and you don't mind splurging on outerwear, I would dare a fur coat. If you don't like real ones, many affordable yet stylish alternatives will dress up every outfit while keeping you extra warm.

Check out this brilliant article from Harpersbazaar for more tips:

-How to dress well in winter

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