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

The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - - FEATURE -

GLOVES

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).

HATS

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).

SOCKS

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).

TIGHTS

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).

THERMALS

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).

BOOTS

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”.

SHAWLS

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).

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