Monday, 6 January 2014

Winter fashion to fall in love with

While I might not be a huge fan of winter weather – it’s not much fun doing the school run or standing at the gates at home time in lashing rain or freezing temperatures – the plummeting mercury levels do give you the perfect excuse to invest in a new wardrobe.

Katie from shares her pick of the key pieces for winter to keep you snuggly and stylish.

In check 

Checks have been all over the autumn/winter catwalks. And I love the look of checks on winter coats. A checked coat provides an instant wow factor, even if you just throw it on over a pair of old jeans and a jumper. I’ve been lusting after Burberry’s version. But it’s a bit out of my price range, so I’ve found this one from Ellos at La Redoute, which gives a similar look for a fraction of the cost. In a wool blend, it has a great structured shape and it features two trends in one piece, with its double-breasted style. 

Equestrian style 

A riding boot always looks super-stylish pulled on over the top of skinny jeans. Moschino opted for equestrian styling in the designer’s autumn/winter runway show in Milan, and stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe said she had been inspired by an “English/seventies/equestrian” vibe. And, while horsey-set fashion is bang-on-trend, it never dates so you’ll be able to wear your riding boots for seasons to come. These ones are only £35 and they’ve got classic brown-on-black detailing.  

Vintage scarf 

I love a good vintage find and I pick up lots of scarves in vintage and charity shops because I find the prints on high-street scarves can all be very similar. Everywhere you look, there are skull or leopard print scarves. I tend to wear scarves with everything in the winter, over the top of my coat for the school run and then I leave a silk one on in the office. This one from Love Miss Daisy has a gorgeous floral pattern that should cheer up any damp winter day.  

The must-have knit 

While it may have once been the preserve of fishermen or 1970s catalogue models, the cable knit has made a comeback. Isabel Marant has been a big fan of the cable knit this season, creating sweaters in cream and pink. But there are cheaper chunky and cable knit versions all over the high street in just about every hue.  I like this bright red one from country fashion retailer Woolovers It’s the perfect shade for the festive season.  

The cross body bag 

At this time of year, there’s a lot of rushing around, trying to find the perfect Christmas presents for friends and family and stocking up on seasonal goodies at the supermarket. So, I want to have my hands free to browse while keeping my money safe and easily reachable. That’s where the cross body bag comes into its own. This one from Kipling has enough pockets to keep everything organised and it looks stylish slung across winter knits.  

So there you have it, my picks for winter. After all, who can resist picking up a few things in the sales? I know I can’t.

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