DISCLAIMER: I do actually believe that it is possible to wear any of these items and look AMAZING. But equally, I believe the majority of us mortals will fail at that.
Every year when it starts turning really cold and the trees all go bald, we all compile a little list of items of clothing we will need to see us through the winter looking Cosy and Stylish.
Cosy and Stylish is one of the hardest adjective combinations to pull off when choosing an outfit because everything cosy is usually a bit lacking in the style department (think fuzzy socks and cashmere onesies) and our favourite stylish items can be rather impractical when braving the elements in the winter (think cropped angora jumper).
Truly Cosy and Stylish pieces- the rare items that can claim the two adjectives- also tend to be wallet-busting. A good winter coat or leather boots don’t come cheap, which is why it is of UTMOST importance to THINK BEFORE YOU BUY.
Every winter a number of ‘statement’ items make the rounds on fashion columns and blogs because, let’s face it, us fashion writers can’t peddle Black Peacoats and Sensible Shoes and expect to get any readers. But the majority of these “season must haves” are usually not practical, not useful, and, crucially, not affordable.
So, in the interest you keeping you, my darlings, warm, looking good and in full possession of your savings this winter, I have compiled a list of things you should AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE, when shopping for your winter gear this year.
Aren’t I simply a doll?
Sure, in theory this coat is great. But in practice it is a nightmare. How many items of clothing in your wardrobe actually match a ladylike pale pink coat? If your answer justified you buying the coat, then you should rethink your personal style.
Also, pale coats get dirty really easily in the rain/snow/smog.
No coat, no matter how pretty will make you look like Kate Middleton, especially not a dirty pink one.
2- Perforated/open boots
Hey! I’m only human, I too love those Balenciaga boots, they are amazingly gorgeous. BUT they are totally useless when it rains, and I would imagine that feet get really cold in them in the winter.
When it comes to winter footwear, it is important that feet and legs remain dry and warm. Put the very expensive Chanel monstrosities down, and buy yourself some Chelsea boots. Trust me, you will thank me in January.
Put them back; read this.
4- White tights
If you are over the age of 11, these are not cute. In fact they are infantilising, and REALLY unflattering. Let’s stick to black, shall we ladies?