Stay warm and fashionable this winter
As the weather cools down, thoughts turn to outerwear – jackets, scarves, gloves, hats …. The warmer the better. However, gone are the days when all of this meant a shapeless – and often itchy – bulk in drab winter shades of grey and neutrals.
These days, winter is a chance to express yourself just as much as any other season, and the good news is you’re no longer confined to itchy hats or scratchy scarves.
Modern technology has married with modern fashion and come a long way in terms of comfort and style.
One of the ways this has changed is in wool blends.
Now, instead of bulky and itchy woollen hats and scarves, wool is blended with all kinds of other natural fibres to smooth out the itchiness and make it more comfortable to wear, while remaining just as warm.
Possibly the most important winter fashion investment you will ever make is that of a winter coat.
Spending a bit more on a good winter coat now, will stand you in very good stead in the future as quality will always tell.
The key with a really good winter coat is to find something well-made and constructed – well-lined wool is your best bet here, and opt for a neutral colour like black or navy blue – you can always brighten it up with accessories later on.
Remember to dress for your shape – what looks good on a tall, thin person, will end up looking odd on someone with different proportions. The best way to figure out what looks good – and what you are comfortable in – is to try on lots of different coats until you find the one that ticks all of the boxes for you.
Buying a good winter coat should be about making an investment – a somewhat expensive outlay now, means that you will have quality and warmth for many winters to come.
When it comes to trying on a new coat, wear what you would normally be wearing underneath it - there’s nothing worse than making a new purchase and then finding out the arms of the sleeves of the top you’re wearing underneath are bunching uncomfortably. Make sure you have enough arm-room, that the buttons do up in the front, and that you feel good, comfortable and warm in your new coat.
The practicality of choosing a neutral shade for your winter coat outweighs any concerns you might have about drab winter outerwear, and half the fun of rugging up to venture outdoors on a wintry day is the accessories anyway.
Choose a scarf in a bright, contrasting colour, wrap up warm, and you’re ready to face the cold!