Stay warm and fash­ion­able this win­ter

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

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!

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