Oh ladies, it’s that time of year again where we get out the winter woollies, the heavy coats and the thick tights and wonder how to wear them stylishly without looking like the Michelin man. Warmth without bulkiness is what we’re after and it can be difficult to achieve.
It’s all about the layering AND the waist if you’re an hourglass or pear shaped. It’s all about the layering AND the legs if you’re apple shaped or straight up and down. For warmth, if you keep your neck, wrists, waist and ankles warm the rest of your body will stay warm. That’s what my 91 year old nana says and my nana is the voice of experience – she grew up with coal fires and hot water bottles long before radiators and electric fires.
So let’s start from the skin outwards. Your first layer wants to be thermal whatever your bodyshape. Yes, thermal and no, they’re not old fashioned, not anymore. I wear a thermal top all throughout winter. In fact I’m wearing one as I write with a long sleeved top, a jumper and a silky fringed scarf (to keep my neck warm – I listen to nana) layered over it.
Have a look at Intimates Essentials Thermal Camisole Tops and Long Sleeve Tops. If you have a thermal base you can wear less bulky clothing on top which means your shape will stay svelte and streamlined.
Next go for a shirt or a fine knit top, something like this South Polo Neck Top is ideal and so 1970’s on trend for this season. Follow these with chunkier knits.
For pear and hourglass figures go for something with a waist or a belt or add your own belt to a knit. Very ‘of the moment’ . My faves are these cuter than cute dresses, South Keyhole Knitted Dress and Pepe Jeans Long Sleeved Cable Knitted Dress.
The Love Label Embellished Ruffle Sleeve Knitted Dress is good for pear shapes as the eye is drawn to the ruffle shoulders and the ruffles will balance out your hips. Same goes for the Love Label Velvet Trim Herringbone Coat.
When it comes to coats another option for both shapes is the Coleen Cape Coat as the belt will shape you nicely, as will the Savoir Long Faux Fur Trim Coat and the fur will keep necks and wrists warm too.
Apple shapes and straight up and down figures will look good in knits that end at the hips so you can show off your gorgeous legs. I’m in love with this Voi Fur Trim Hoody. Joe Browns Navajo Waistcoat will cover tummies and create waists.
Footwear wants to be cosy when it’s cold out so go for anything faux fur or sheepskin lined. You can always change into your heels when you get there. I adore the South Alaska Snow Boots. Practical? Maybe not but they will look so amazing with skinny jeans I’d take that risk.
Timberland Nellie Pull On Buckle Boots are practical with the biker detailing and the brown nubuck keeps them bang on trend. For girls who throw practicality to the wind and can totter on all terrain of snow and ice in a skyscraping heel then these Blowfish Valentino Fur Collar Boots are for you. I don’t know how you do it girls but I salute you.
When it comes to accessories look for furry little numbers like this gorgeous Fake Fur Pompom Snood.
This Retro Knit Hat and Gloves Set is an absolute bargain and is soooo D&G in it’s Alpine styling. Gloves are essential to winter and leather gloves always look chic. I like the detailing on the Miss Sixty Boxed Leather Panel Columbus Gloves and the fabric cuff will keep wrists warm.
So that’s your winter essential looks done and accessorised to the max. Take my advice this winter and you’ll be chic, svelte, super warm, Very hot and Very cool all at the same time!
Love Kirsty x