Winter’s on the way: time for some toasty fashion tips!

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Isn’t
it annoying that we can no longer say “winter is coming” without
immediately thinking of Game of Thrones? It’s become the equivalent
of “who you gonna call?” or “make my day”. Mention winter and
you’ll be transported to a land of swords, sexing and brutal
violence. And this is only supposed to be a fashion article…

Anyway,
winter is coming, but it’s a season that’s unlikely to feature
hunky Kit Harrington swashbuckling with Wildlings. You’ll more
likely suffer chattering teeth as wind and sleet and snow and rain
billow around you like an irritated crowd.

And
for many, trying to stay fashionable during the cold snap is
unthinkable. But it’s far from impossible.

With
a few selections from the right brands, you can have an outfit
plusher than Daenerys’s wardrobe (don’t worry, that’s probably
the last obscure Game of Thrones reference, can you tell what I’ve been addicted to watching recently). With that in mind I’ve
come up with a few winter fashion tips to keep you toasty AND at the
height of fashion.

Shrug
it off

Taylor
Swift might have been shaking it off all summer but it’s time for
something a little more subtle – a simple shrug.

Not
the despondent shoulder movement, but the clothing choice of those
seeking comfort and style. Essentially a smaller cardigan, a stylish shrug
has
become a mainstay for those who want to wear a lighter dress but
still keep their arms warm.

Shrugs
come in all shapes and sizes. Find one and your outfit for a night
out will keep you on the right side of the thermostat.

DIY
knitwear

Unless
you’re prodigious with a sewing machine, trying to fashion your own
stylish summer dress is about as advisable as trying to build your
own house without a knowledge of architecture.

But
winter woollies are a bit different. Trying to knit your own scarf or
creating some cosy woollen mittens can be a great way to round off
your outfit and add a simple personal touch.

Various
craft sites are available to provide you with knitting inspiration,
but a website such as Simple Knitting
has
plenty of helpful tips for beginners or if you are very lucky you can ask your Nanny or Mum to help you – Emmy and Harry have a wardrobe full of hand knitted cardigans which their late Nanny made for them, these will be forever treasured and passed down within the family.
 
 

Witness
the thickness

For
whatever reason, some people think that dresses should be all
aesthetics and provide no warmth factor. Head down to your city
centre on a Friday night and you’ll see an endless parade of women
freezing like Jack Nicholson at the end of The Shining
– all
because they didn’t want to wrap up.
But
plenty of fashion labels provide smart and stylish dresses with
cotton or fur-lined materials. They’re still low-cut and on the
bleeding edge of fashion – but they won’t leave icicles hanging
from your nose., team these with thick tights, boots and that shrug and you will be warm and fashionable too.  I was never really a dress wearer however all my recent purchases have been dresses and thick tights, now I just need to find some long boots which are flat for the school run and will fit my thick calves and I am almost set for winter without reaching for my usual go-to jeans.
 

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