5 (Annoying) Winter Fashion Myths Debunked

Once upon a time there were countless rules and regs that controlled the fashion world: blue and green were never allowed to be seen together and kind elders still offer to buy us a new pair of jeans when the latest artfully shredded pair from Marques’Almeida touch down in our closets. But there are still a few negative myths that burden the style system and no more so than in these cold months.

Here are the five winter fashion myths that need to permanently be rewritten in the rulebook. Scroll down so you can shop the pieces you are allowed to wear now and forever…

1. You can’t wear tights with sandals.


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On Alexa Chung: Gianvito Rossi Portofino Sandals, available in Red Velvet (£495); Hillier Bartley Bunny Bag, available in Striped Leather (£595). 

Oh, yes you can. Alexa Chung says so. And countless other fashion industry influencers agree. The Marni and Prada runways are often partial to a hosiery/open toe combination, and for good reason—why would you want to ditch your favourite hot-steppers the minute the centrigrade dips? Just be sure that your sandals aren’t beachy (so long gladiators and espadrilles!) and make sure your tights are put on correctly, whether 10 denier (well, the 1980s are back) or ribbed and woolen; no one likes to look at a wonky toe-seam.

2. Thermals are definitely not hip.


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On Camille Charrière: Holzweiler Tableau Poncho (£146); Isabel Marant belt; Acne Studios jeans; Nicholas Kirkwood Beya Grained Leather Flats in White (£295); Little Liffner clutch.

One try of Uniqlo’s HeatTech and you will change your mind on this.* Not only do they provide the required warmth, the roll necks are fine enough for flattering mid-winter layering under knits and sweater dresses when things get properly glacial. *Long johns will ever catch on, but leggings are experiencing a bit of a comeback.

3. It’s boring to wear all black.

On Freja Beha Erichsen: Proenza Schouler PS1 Satchel Bag (£1,178).

It’s not boring, it’s easy. It’s also eternally chic—just ask Rei Kawukabo—so long as your black ensembles include a mixture of textures and have not been faded in the wash or worn out over time. Invest in a decent lint roller because it's only fluff that ruins a great black coat.

4. Knee-high boots are only for those blessed with skinny calves.



On Gigi Hadid: Iro Cliff Sweater (£429); Stuart Weitzman Highland Boots, available in Topo Suede (£650).

Aha! Not anymore they’re not. We can now all be a little bit Gigi because the stretch boot rules supreme at the moment. There’s also an increasing number of retailers who specialise in personalised fits, offering a more tailored approach to your boot collection. We’d recommend Ted & Muffy for starters.

5. Padded coats are only for tourists and all-terrain explorers.


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On Vanessa Hong: Pixie Market coat; THPSHOP Fur Chubby Stole (£247); Prada bag.

Lies! All lies! Thanks in part to polar vortex fever spreading across the style conscious world, the puffa has, in fact, become an elevated staple. Many specialist brands are upping the aesthetic of their technical garms, and many other designers dipping a toe into these chilly (but lucrative) waters, making the A/W 15 runways a hotbed for duvet-coats.

Which style rules do you like to break? Let us know in the comments below!