Thursday 8 December 2016

What She Wears: Cold Weather

Anne Marie Boyhan

Published 04/01/2010 | 11:09

A model wraps up warmly in Chanel. Photo: Getty Images
A model wraps up warmly in Chanel. Photo: Getty Images

There’s something about cold weather that gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. Maybe it’s the fact that, in Ireland, one gets to sit by open fires with a hot chocolate (or sometimes even a hot port or whiskey) and on the very rare occasion – watch the snow fall outside from the cosy comforts of indoors.

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On the same note, it’s worth putting some thought into a “cold weather outfit” for cold snaps like this, when you have to face the elements and the last thing you want is to be miserable with the cold.

Winter is associated with dark, bland colours, so a great way of adding some fashionable flair to your outfit is to add interesting details with a fabulous pair of boots, colourful scarf or bag.

A padded jacket may not be the most flattering of coat shapes, but it’s definitely the warmest. There are plenty of styles in the shops right now – you can choose between a long sleeping bag style or a shorter “jacket” length. I’d love to have a black quilted puffa jacket from Burberry’s current collection (€695) but alas a puffa from Benetton (€150) is more in my price range and I’m waiting for another week to see how much will be knocked off it in the sales.

It’s also true that the colder the weather gets, the harder it is to stay chic, and it’s hard to imagine puffas in this category. Luckily, these are now more streamlined; hence the Michelin Man look of a few years ago is no longer necessary. I love the fake fur trim on the hoods of parka jackets – which are also an ideal cold weather coat option.

Under your coat you should add layers of clothes – there is nothing warmer than wool and nothing thinner than cashmere wool, so this is a time to invest in some wool or cashmere jumpers, cardigans and polo necks if you haven’t done so already. Ladies with short necks be warned though, as polo necks are not for you (they make your neck look even shorter) – you should opt for cowl neck jumpers instead.

Thermal underwear may sound fuddy duddy but can be your saviour for the exceptionally cold spells when you have to be outside. Vests, long johns and socks are all carefully hidden under the rest of your clothes – Topshop and Marks & Spencers have good ranges.

Thermal can be trendy too – think long sleeve granddad tops (Next have some in charcoal or ivory colours for €21). Hence, should the log fire get too hot once you get indoors, if you do strip off your layers, you’ll still look the pretty part!

The original article was published on WhatSheWears.ie.

Anne Marie Boyhan is the editor of WhatSheWears.ie , a fashion tips, latest trends and celebrity style website.

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