"Hate" is a strong word, which is why I never use it lightly. In fact, there are only two instances that I can say it with conviction: One is regarding bananas (personally, I'll never understand how anyone can eat them). The other? Being cold. I hate being cold. However, one thing I do like is dressing for the cold.
Curating an outfit for subzero conditions is often regarded as one of the biggest fashion dilemmas going. However, with a bit of advice from yours truly, you take on the elements with all the knack of a pro snowboarder but with all the sartorial prowess of a pro street styler.
Be it a cable knit, a roll-neck or one of Zara's natty hits, jumpers are a winter-style given. Keep scrolling to see the unexpected but also the best cold-weather clothing I swear by. How do I know? Because I pull these items out of hibernation every year as soon as the centigrade drops.
1. THE PUFFER JACKET
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As far as we're concerned, the risk of winding up looking like the Michelin Man is a risk worth taking in the pursuit of warmth in winter. But with the fashion seal of approval, you can now pop on a puffer jacket with pride.
An all-in-one is extremely effective at keeping the heat, but more importantly, it's great at keeping the chill out. What's even better is that the current trick du jour is to layer them with roll-necks. Even toastier.
You know the windbreaker your dad would pack when you went to the beach so sand wouldn't blow into your ham-and-cheese sarnies? Well, these pencil skirts do the same job (sadly sans snack). The funnelled silhouette ensures no gust will catch you off guard. Look for thick or woven fabrics to really stay snug.
As I said, jumpers are a cold-weather given, but jumper dresses? They're less commonplace. Choose a midi style for maximum warmth and proceed to look smug when the rest of your colleagues are shivering in the office.
We all remember the episode of Friends where Ross gets too hot in his leather pants, so he takes them off, only to find that they won't pull back on. Amongst the hilarity, there's an element of truth: Leather keeps you warm. Make like Alexa Chung and invest in a leather shirt (you could even layer a roll-neck underneath).
Okay, so not quite Lenny Kravitz–scarf proportions, but these knitted beauties are still pretty supersized. Wear sling over your shoulder, belted in place over your coat, or simply lie on the ground and roll yourself into a very chic cocoon.
It's not often that the latest It shoes are also ones you could wear to drive a dogsled, so I'm elated that hiking boots are on winter's style index. Seek out styles with luxe details: buckles, contrasting laces or pretty hues.