After being greeted by Mr Frost this morning, I have just spent a very satisfying hour, winter-proofing my wardrobe.
And by that I don’t mean merely chucking all the summer dresses through the back into Narnia. No – you can make these dresses work for you all year- round and, let’s face it – they are way too pretty to banish away for the winter.
Start by making sure you have all the necessary winter basics.
· Long cardigan
· Cosy knits
· Chunky scarves
· Tights and / or over the knee socks
· Boots – lots of ‘em
· Good old leggings
Layers are an absolute must
Layer, layer and layer again. Your mother was right with this one – layering is most definitely the best way to keep warm.
Add as many layers as possible; consider a denim jacket over the dress, followed by a long cardigan and finish with a coat. Depending on the temperature, feel free to continue with a chunky scarf.
Don’t just think ‘on top’ when you’re layering. A strappy dress can be under laid with a shirt or sweater. If it starts to look too bulky, clinch it in at the waist with a belt.
A pair of legs are, in my opinion, the best accessory to an outfit. And we can still show them off when it’s cold. There’s lots of ways to cover those goose bumps. Tights are the most obvious and they don’t have to be boring. If you don’t fancy wearing a plain pair, consider some colour or pattern. Pretty tights are everywhere now.
Not everyone likes the feel of tights and I totally get where they’re coming from. They can feel restrictive and uncomfortable if they start to work their way down the waist. If this is you, try an over the knee sock. Not quite as warm but very cute and fun.
Leggings are one of the most improved fashion items I know. No more bags at the knees just minutes after wearing them. You can team them easily with an ankle boot or higher boot and if you feel that you need to add a little width between the leg and the top of the boot; add a pair of socks. They look great.
Sweat it Out
Adding a cardigan over a dress is a safe way to warm it up but why not try adding a sweater instead. Suddenly your dress becomes a skirt. A fab way to disguise the dress you wore earlier in the week!
Wrap It Up
Chunky scarves are the obvious solution to keeping the winter draughts away and they look great teamed with dresses but if you’ve already layered enough, try working a lighter weighted scarf. There is an endless choice of scarves and endless ways to twist, loop and knot them. Well at least 33 ways according to ‘How to Tie a Scarf’. I can’t recommend this book enough. Not only is it great inspiration but its beautiful fabric cover means it looks great on the coffee table too.
Finish your outfit off with a hat. You don’t need a woolly one to benefit from keeping your head covered. Fedoras are a great way to add style and stop the cold escaping from your head too. (as my mother said)