As the temperature drops you don’t need to make the choice between keeping warm and looking stylish. In fact, to achieve any kind of confident look staying warm is essential, as the shivering look is definitely not in fashion. There are plenty of ways to stay warm while looking great, but if you don’t know where to start these tips are a great place to begin.
Firstly, don’t be afraid of wearing thermal underwear if you’ll be outdoors for extended periods of time – these are definitely not recommended if you’re heading out for a night on the town however. Nobody can tell you’ve got them on, and with that super practical base layer you’ll be able to make more fashionable choices when it comes to the surface layers.
As far as the surface layer is concerned, it’s hard to go wrong with a Christmas sweater. Christmas sweaters might only have been worn by embarrassing uncles just a few years ago, but last winter they became super fashionable. This year, now that everyone has agreed that even the most ghastly of Christmas sweaters can be excused as stylish in an ironic sense you can be as adventurous as you like without fear of festive humiliation. Everyone from big name fashion brands to the cheapest of the high street megastores are cashing in on the trend, so there’s plenty of choice available, but if you want to guarantee originality scour your local vintage and charity shops.
As well as layering up, accessories are vital for keeping warm. When it comes to scarves, gloves, and hats there’s a simple rule to make sure you look cool while keeping warm: if your outfit is already quite busy with different colours or a festive print or pattern keep the accessories plain. If your outfit is an otherwise classic look, however, you have the choice between contrasting it with more elaborate, colourful accessories, or keeping it simple and elegant with traditional winter colours such as black or grey.
Even if you’ve found a way to keep warm, you’ll often have to contend with rain. Unfortunately most waterproof jackets leave a lot to be desired when it comes to looking good, sacrificing any sense of style for function but the Quipsy Waterproof Jacket from Penguin really is an exception. Rather than transforming you into some shoddy arctic explorer, this jacket has a casual look that suggests its wearer isn’t affected by weather like other mere mortals.
Looking good throughout winter isn’t purely about the clothes however – you need to look after your skin, and particularly your lips, which don’t respond well to the harsh weather. While lip balm isn’t the manliest thing you can keep in your pockets, chapped lips are painful and can quickly ruin any outfit.