Living in a country with distinct seasons can be so refreshing; just as you get fed up with the status quo, another kind of natural beauty rolls around. When it comes to winter, snow and frosty trees are a magical image for many.
However, with this colder weather comes a wardrobe challenge, as a lot of the elements of a summer ensemble are unlikely to be transferable. To get yourself ready for the chillier climate, you’ll need to take a holistic view when it comes to creating your winter wardrobe.
For everyday wear, build up from jumpers and thick shirts to keep your core warm. Now is the time to embrace the ugly sweater trend! Cotton is a breathable material, but this can work against you in winter. Opt for wool, silk and fleece fabrics first and foremost to trap your body heat. Consider a silk shirt under a wool jumper for a stylish and elegant look.
You should also make sure you have access to a waterproof jacket or raincoat, as the UK is famous for its wet weather.
We’ve all seen someone walking to the supermarket in winter in shorts – don’t be them! Keep your legs covered and warm with your favourite jeans or thicker trousers. Wool skirts are an excellent choice, so long as they’re paired with thick tights.
Around the house, keep a selection of thick joggers and hoodies on standby so you can be warm and comfortable.
With many of us doing our best to avoid turning on the heating too readily this winter alongside rising bills, layers are a must. By layering shirts, jumpers and jackets, you can respond to often changeable temperatures while you move between warmer and colder zones. Simply remove or put on as many layers as you need to adapt to the ambient temperature.
If there’s one thing that should be in everyone’s winter repertoire, it’s thermals. By making them a staple underneath your outfits, you’ll be able to keep some of your summer wardrobe on rotation, such as lighter shirts and jumpers for the office.
Although underwear is the base layer for many people, it’s so easily overlooked. However, the choice of undergarments can make or break the way an outfit looks and feels; don’t underestimate the value of well-fitting lingerie sets to pull your entire wardrobe together.
As you’ll be donning more outerwear during the winter, any delicate summer jewellery could be easily drowned out by bulkier coats.
However, there are still ways to incorporate eye-catching accessories that are still practical for the colder weather. Keep a selection of hats, scarves and gloves that you can mix and match to colour coordinate with any outfit.
In terms of jewellery, you may find large earrings catch in the wind, rain or on your hat. Select classy ear studs that won’t interfere with the rest of your clothing and consider pinning a vibrant broach to the lapel of your coat.