Winter is very much here and in the UK, we’ve started to accept that snow is now part of our annual winter weather, not a rare occurrence anymore. In this guide, we’re going to give you some tips on how to keep cosy and stylish this winter.
Dressing appropriately – Coat
We looked at how to choose a winter coat in our last blog, but here’ I’m going to suggest a perfect blend of functionality and style and that for me is a Parka jacket. You can pick up one that is duck down lined for warmth, but it can still be worn without resembling someone with a duvet wrapped around them. They have enough room for additional layering if required and warm enough themselves to be all you need for the harsh winter weather.
If you don’t have enough faith that your coat will keep you warm you can always look at the layering technique. You can even use this technique under the warmest of coats, but just make sure you don’t end up too hot. Middle layers can be removed, so if you are going with this technique you will have options of what you can wear as layers.
When it comes to footwear for winter practicality has top trump style. I’m not saying you should ditch style and go for hiking boots, but here are some pointers for practicality that are essential for the winter.
Rubber soles – these are essential for the snow. If you wear a shoe with a leather sole you will just slide around everywhere and falling on your face or backside is not a good look.
Boots – Choose boots over shoes if possible, the extra coverage will help keep your feet dry and warm.
Galoshes – If you have to wear formal shoes, you can cover them with goloshes – a rubber overshoe – to keep your shoes and feet dry. They aren’t very stylish, but for practicality at certain times of year they can be handy.
Wellingtons – These are the nuclear option, and if you want to keep dry in the snow these are the ultimate boot to wear, just remember your other shoes for when you get indoors.
For the cold weather hats, scarves and gloves are essential to keeping you toasty warm. I have a lambswool hat that I wear for most of the winter, and I have a hat with sheepskin lining for when it drops well below zero. I also have a selection of woollen scarves in various colours to wear with most outfits for a flash of colour, and importantly to keep me warm! I have leather gloves that I wear for most of the winter, but when it’s freezing I have sheepskin mittens too. They might not be the most practical, but they are ridiculously warm when it snows.