The 7 Items I'm Wearing to Stay Warm This Winter

Warm winter outfits: Brittany Bathgate on a winter beach walk

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Brittany Bathgate

Like most people currently living in tier 2 or tier 3, my weekend plans suddenly involve long winter walks, as there are varying restrictions on indoor activities. I love a long, blustering walk, but I wouldn't typically choose to spend so much time outside in December. Whether you're walking in Hampstead Heath, Hackney Marshes, or the Highlands, you'll need practical items that will keep you warm over the course of winter. 

If you want outfits that will keep you toasty but are a little more interesting than a boring fleece and thermals, below, you'll find seven items that will see you through a winter of outdoor activities in style. The first essential item you'll need is a coat that will act like your very own portable heater, so I recommend you start with a puffer coat. Then, you'll need all the classic winter staples for layering: chunky boots, thick knitwear, and accessories. However, I've also outlined small details to look out for within these categories. So before you plan your next excursion, regardless of the weather, keep scrolling for the items that will keep you warm this winter. 

1. Maxi Puffer Coat

The key item you'll need is a mighty warm coat, and you really can't beat a maxi puffer coat. This Arket ankle-skimming coat is our personal favourite. 

2. Chunky Boots

This winter's leading boot trend lends itself to long winter walks, as there are lots of boots with chunky soles, wipe-clean leather, and rubber around right now. Mud? No problem. 

3. Raincoat

For days when it's really drizzly, swap that puffer for a raincoat. The poncho that AlexaChung has created with Barbour is a personal favourite. 

4. Roll-Neck Jumper

When it comes to layering, everyone needs a trusty roll-neck, and I'd recommend stocking up on lots of colours. 

5. Cropped Jeans

When it comes to your bottom half, you want a splash-proof option, so I'd recommend you opt for cropped jeans that sit above your boots. 

6. Bucket Hat

A beanie will always do the trick, but I'm also a fan of a bucket hat. Arket's cosy pile hat is especially insulating.

7. Cable-Knit Knitwear

Anyone who has watched The Holiday knows that a cable-knit jumper is a countryside winter essential. 

Next up, See our guide to the key trends for autumn/winter 2020

This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

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