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- With Stephanie Smith

Dear Style Clinic

One of my New Year’s resolution­s is to get outdoors and get walking, in all weathers, but I as yet do not have suitable (stylish) clothing and footwear. What do you recommend?

There is nothing quite like a bit of rain, snow and wind to put you off a winter walk (or is that just me?). Footwear is a particular issue. Much as I love my M&S vegan leather hiking boots (I have four pairs), they are not especially waterproof or rugged in nature. So, if I know the terrain is going to be a bit squelchy (as it was at Brimham Rocks on a recent rainy day outing), I get out my FitFlop Wonderwell­ies, which combine sturdiness and waterproof qualities with technical comfort such as springines­s and contoured soles.

I have come to realise that outerwear designed specifical­ly to combat British weather is a must, although that does not mean you have to swathe yourself in alarming cagoules or similar. This relaxed, parka-style waterproof coat from Seasalt Cornwall is ideal, not so long that you will have trouble getting over styles but long enough to keep all your essentials dry.

My hands quickly become very cold, so gloves are needed. I like a fleece-lined leather pair, like the ones here from John Lewis – a bargain in the sales at the time of writing.

Anyway, once we are kitted out, neither you nor I will have any excuse for ducking out of those bracing winter walks.

Bring it on.

 ?? ?? STRIDE ON: Fleece-lined leather gloves, were £20, now £10 while stocks last, at John Lewis; Plant Hunter waterproof coat, £160, at Seasalt Cornwall; Wonderwell­y short wellington­s, £75, at FitFlop.com.
STRIDE ON: Fleece-lined leather gloves, were £20, now £10 while stocks last, at John Lewis; Plant Hunter waterproof coat, £160, at Seasalt Cornwall; Wonderwell­y short wellington­s, £75, at FitFlop.com.
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