Wrap up in style this cold season
Arty season is over and spring is on its way but before that there is the snug transition.
During the months of January and February, there is no other option but to layer up and beat the barometer. Lisa Haynes reveals how to be fashion savvy through the depths of mid-winter.
Just as a party dress is not complete without accessories, your winter ensemble is nothing without those cosy extras.
Wearing a winter coat solo just isn't going to cut it when Jack Frost is at work – you need practical woolly, furry or insulating essentials to keep out the cold.
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Feeling the chill already? The January sales are the perfect time to stock up on winter warmers.
The good news is that these accessories are not trend-led, so they will keep for the next cold snap too. Time for an injection of snug style.
It is a myth that you lose more than a third of your body heat from the head but a winter hat is an effective way to battle the elements.
You might inadvertently become a bit of a head-turner too. A hat creates an instant style statement and it is usually the accessory that dominates an outfit, so choose your headgear wisely.
If you want to go conservative, head for a woolly beanie, up the stakes with an oversized bobble hat or go totally OTT with a Russian-style faux fur Cossack hat.
Ears can really feel the chill. Try a trapper style for a multi-tasking head and ear warmer or forgo the hat altogether for a cosy pair of ear muffs for an instant youthful look.
For something less confined to winter, choose a felt hat in an opulent shade.
If the cold is really biting, ensure you are wearing a top with sleeves that are snug at the wrist for extra insulation.
While mittens keep your hands slightly warmer than gloves, they compromise your mobility. If you want to be really versatile, look for a pair that can convert from mittens to fingerless with one magic manoeuvre.
For durability and sleek style, you cannot beat a pair of leather gloves. This winter they have been updated with contrast panels of fur, wool or shearling for extra detail.
If you are bored by black, this season leathers come in a variety of rich colours, such as berry.
There are two fashion camps when it comes to accessorising your neck: scarf or snood.
If you prefer something that you can bury your face in, a snood is the winter warmer to covet. While a woolly version can usually be wrapped twice around your neck (or head), a faux fur style will just be one size, so ensure it is the shape that you are looking for.
When it comes to scarves, "the bigger, the better" should be your mantra. If your winter coat is plain, try a print scarf to add interest but stick to block colours if your outerwear is loud and attention-grabbing.
For an accessory that is cosy but not restrictive, try a faux fur stole to add some instant glamour and warmth – and will reinvent a tired winter coat.
Arctic conditions or not, a cold snap is no reason to neglect your fashion credentials. Here is how to navigate winter accessories without looking like you raided a jumble sale.
Keep both your clothes and winter accessories all within the same colour palette if you like a sleek silhouette.
Choose similar shades of navy blue, for instance, layering coat, snood and hat in similar colours. It is a catwalk styling trick that creates instant impact in pretty much any hue.
Winter accessories may often come in a set but there is no rule to say you cannot mix and match.
Inject a cacophony of colour to a dark winter coat by mixing block brights together. If you are feeling really bold, clash print woollies together for a major style statement.