Worst buys of the winter

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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?

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Monday Wish List: Hats

It is easy to fall into an outfit rut in the winter. Nice coats are quite pricey which tends to limit our range of cool outerwear. Also there is the imperative of keeping WARM AND COSY, and that is something no fashionista should ever sacrifice.

So I find that accessorising becomes even more important when faced with cold weather constraints. A great scarf and chic leather gloves will go a long way. Because my main winter coats are black, I try to mix it up with some splashes of colour in order to avoid looking like a giant walking raven.

One of my favourite winter accessories has to be the Humble Hat. This little pieces of wool or felt can make or break any outfit and can take a girl from Winter Drab to Cool Fab.

Here are a few of my favourites:

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Bring an extra touch of SASS with this wonderful geo-print number from Asos. Wear with a bomber jacket and nigh-tops for maximum Cara Delevinge-ness

Named after me, this Reiss hat is called Ava. I like to wear it with a knee-length black overcoat and leather boots to pretend I’m Carmen Sandiego.

Can you ever go wrong with Missoni? This black and white beanie goes with everything, even pyjamas. Style in whatever way you want and you will still look LUSH.

This Marc by Marc Jacobs neon beanie is bang on trend. Neon, yes; beanie, yes; Marc Jaconbs, YES! How can you go wrong? (Note: redheads are particularly well-suited for this hat).

And to add a little glitz to any drabby winter look, just add this huge and obnoxious BLING from Topshop!

Which one is your favourite?

What do you get when you cross a lamb with a sailor? That’s right! YOU GET MCQUEEN

Having been born and raised barefoot on a sunny beach far, far away winters in London always get me down. It’s not just the cold, and the rain, and the wind, and the darkness, and the grey and the glumness, it’s….well, it actually IS all of that that gets me down.

BUT all the warm winter coats and cosy jumpers perk me right back up, and if there is one thing I invest some serious CHA-CHING on is a good winter coat.

If could have ANY COAT IN THE WORLD, I would have this particularly exquisite McQueen number:

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This twill and shearling number is not only stylish, but it is also super warm, perfect for the harsh London winters.

It is also SO FUN! Part sailor, part darling little lamb; now there’s a look that can’t go wrong!

Dress it down with jeans and Chelsea Boots, throw in a nice flannel shirt and you are all set! Or dress it up with a vintage printed dress, particularly in cream/off-white palette with high-heel ankle booties for a night out.

How would you wear it?

 

 

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