10 STEPS TO COSY DRESSING
Keep warm and stylish while keeping out the winter cold, from colourful hats and hobnail boots, to big woolly coats
They provide a helpful nudge towards a digital detox, as scrolling through your smartphone’s contents with a pair on becomes a challenge, to say the least. Cos do a great range of high-street gloves, always surprising – one year it will be sheepskin mittens and the next, elegant black leather gloves. Well worth a try (below, black lined mittens, £55, cosstores.com).
Nothing says “I’m prepared” like a suitable headpiece. I go for a typical bobble or beanie, but I have been known to sport a leather Crocodile Dundee-style hat on autumn walks. Whatever your leaning, keep your noggin covered. The Cornishbased brand Finisterre does gorgeous cosy knitted beanie hats in merino wool (below, merino wool beanie, £30, finisterre.com).
As discussed, vital – and under no circumstances should you allow them to get wet. Falke socks are rather special, and come in a variety of colours and weights (from £14, falke. com), there’s a new small independent label called A Woven Plane (£18, awovenplane.co.uk) producing fine socks too. I also have a few pairs from Mountain Warehouse (Mountain Cable, pack of three now £8.99).
THE SWEATER, OR JUMPER, DEPENDING ON HOW POSH YOU ARE
M&S does marvellous washable cashmere; I go for a men’s medium in navy (£89, marksandspencer. com) and wear it with everything; Chinti and Parker is my favourite label for jazzy knits (above, cashmere sweater, £430, chintiandparker.com).
Just don’t (like my mum used to) wear knickers over the top to keep the crotch up. Simply buy a pair that fit, the woollier the better. H&M tights (two-pack fine-knit tights, below, £12.99, hm.com) fit rather well, and Heist Studio’s are brilliant – no gusset seams, no sagging and a super comfortable waistband (80-denier tights, £22, heist-studios.com).
THE KNITTED PONCHO
And out of left field here it comes – ideal for cosy camping. A great vintage store is the best place to go for a poncho, the heavier the better. Try Snoopers Paradise (snoopersattic. squarespace.com) in Brighton or London’s Relik (relliklondon. co.uk).
Now you’re talking.
Big thermals say: “I take the weather and my cosy game seriously.” Is there anywhere else other than Marks & Spencer (thermal long-sleeve top £16, marksandspencer. com) for buying your thermals?
A WARM COAT
A good winter coat is a rite of passage into adulthood. When the days of you having to be rammed into a winter coat by your parents are replaced with you wanting to put one on, you know that you are officially a grown-up. Mother of Pearl (from £595, motherofpearl.co. uk) and Ganni (below, £430, ganni.com) have some beautiful coats this season, while there’s also the perennial Max Mara teddy bear coat (pictured bottom, £1,780, maxmara. com).
Hobnail or wellie, lace-up or Chelsea – whatever your persuasion, a winter boot, hole-free and grippy of sole, is necessary in the harsh British winter. Jimmy Choo treads the cosy-meets-fashion line very well. Its tough, black bovva boots are encrusted with gems (Cruz flat boot, £895), and its bikers (£675, jimmychoo.com) are fur-lined for snug toes. Penelope Chilvers (pictured, Chelsea boots, £269) and Blundstone (chunky ankle boots, from £125) are great “lifetimers”.
See almost every period drama, from Braveheart to Little Women shawls are there. It’s not surprising – they’re a clever layer, designed to close up any gaps and keep the warmth in and the cold out. Begg & Co weave shawls in their Scottish factory and I have never known a shawl softer to the touch than their cashmere stole (below, from £430, beggandcompany.com).