How to look fashionable throughout winter

Winter: the time of year when the temperatures drop, and the days become shorter. Love it or hate it, your personal style is dictated by the need for the clothes that you choose to wear to be functional.

Fashion and function are rarely synonymous; however, this does not have to be the case. Instead, consider winter to be the golden opportunity to play with different textures, colours and fabrics:

• Faux fur
• Luxurious wools
• Sequins
• Animal prints
• Velvet
• Metallics
• Richer, deeper colours

Layer-up

Layering your clothes is one of the best ways to trap air and insulate your body from the cold. It’s a delicate balance between keeping warm and looking like the Michelin man. However, it’s a great opportunity to wear clothes that ordinarily you may not wear together. Think polo neck jumpers under dresses, a tailored velvet jacket under your winter coat. It's your chance to marry together contrasting materials to achieve a warm but elegant look.

Tip: Don’t neglect to layer-up your lower half. Wear over-knee boots with skirts or dresses that have a longer hemline.

Wrap up warm with a winter coat

 

You don’t need to be restricted to shapeless winter coats that offer warmth but no style. Instead, invest in a winter coat that has been designed to exude style but not at the expense of warmth! Check out Gloverall.com for jackets that are both contemporary and iconic. The designs are classic, but the craftsmanship and the quality of the fabrics will ensure that your coat will remain a much-loved wardrobe staple for many years ahead.

Accessorise

Accessories have the power to make or break a look. Your head, ears, hands and feet are the key areas that lose heat and can make you feel the chill. You can wear a hat, scarf and gloves to protect you from the elements. It’s the prime time to experiment with different styles and colours to inject some fashion fun into your outfit. If you are wearing a monochrome outfit, your winter accessories can make a truly alluring statement and can be an inexpensive way to update your look.

Footwear

Who needs a reason to buy a new pair of boots? If you typically wear ballet flats or heels, you will need to invest in a pair of winter boots. You need your feet to be comfortable, dry and warm, so look for boots that have a lining and adequate traction so that you can walk in different weather conditions without the fear of slipping and falling.

Practicality aside, there are also many styles of winter boots that embrace the winter fabrics, so don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Animal prints, faux snakeskin, metallics, and even embellished boots are all in the shops and will help you to make a fashion-forward statement.

Winter is all about layering-up and keeping warm. Clothes must be practical, but there is also the potential for luxe design too. With a variety of different textures and fabrics to choose from, winter fashion can be anything but sedate.