"Hate" is a strong word, which is why I never use it lightly. In fact, there are only two instances in which I can say it with conviction. One is regarding bananas. (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 sub-zero conditions is often regarded as one of the biggest fashion dilemmas going. But with a bit of advice from yours truly, you can 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 latest 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 live in Scotland, I pull these items out of hibernation every year as soon as the centigrade drops. No need to thank me, but should you feel so inclined, please don't do so with banana bread.
1. THE PADDED COAT
Style Notes: As far as I'm concerned, the risk of winding up looking like the Michelin Man is worth taking in the pursuit of warmth in winter. But with the fashion seal of approval, you can now pop on a padded coat with new-found pride.
2. THE BOILERSUIT
Style Notes: An all-in-one is extremely effective at keeping in 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 one with a roll-neck. Even toastier.
Style Notes: 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. I suggest investing in pair of leather trousers stat.
4. THE KNITTED VEST
Style Notes: We all have those coats that are too tailored to wear chunky knitwear under. The solution? A knitted vest. And this year, there are plenty of incredibly chic iterations to be had.
5. THE JUMPER DRESS
Style Notes: As I said, jumpers are a cold-weather given, but jumper dresses? Previously, they were less commonplace, but this season, they're all the sartorial rage. Choose a midi style for maximum warmth.
Style Notes: Thick flannel shirting is one of the top trends of the season and, handily, is incredibly toasty, too. We love how influencer Monikh Dale wears hers open over a simple tee and knitted joggers for a comfy at-home ensemble.
7. THE EPIC OVERSIZED SCARF
8. THE CHUNKY LUG-SOLE BOOTS
Style Notes: It's not often that the latest It shoes are also ones you could actually wear in a snowstorm, so I'm elated that chunky boots (usually found with rubberised soles) are on winter's style index. Seek out styles that sit above the ankle to ensure there's zero risk of drafts.
Style Notes: Though I always wear them in the summer with jeans, it's only recently that I've realised just how toasty bodysuits can be in the autumn months. It's the same idea as the boilersuit. I find my bodysuits help me preserve my body heat, keeping me toastier in lighter knits. Think of the below pieces as stylish alternatives to thermals.