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  • Wardrobe Reboot

    Cold-Weather Dressing

    Winter dressing is a style equation. It does involve clever layering, but simple tricks can make your cold-weather ICONS work harder, and look more relevant than ever.

    Words by Brooke Le Poer Trench

    We hope this feature helps you approach your existing wardrobe with a fresh eye. We want you to pull out your favourite pieces and then wear them in a whole new way.

    For instance, you can get more fashion mileage out of the colour in your wardrobe with tonal dressing. This may mean layering warm-weather pieces over cashmere base layers. Another idea: elevate your most basic staples with a premium and super-cool leather mini. Or it might be that the only thing standing between you and a whole new look is something more basic, like a wool-blend polo neck.

    Whatever the fix, fill the gaps and then get creative. You’ll have so much more fun getting dressed in the morning, while remaining true to your personal style. 

    Photography Victoria Adamson

    MASTER TONAL DRESSING

     

    Don’t reserve colour for the warmer months. Open your wardrobe and find every item you own in a particular hue, including pieces you might ordinarily reserve for evening. The real trick to tonal dressing is to mix and match textures, which is what keeps this head-to-toe look feeling like you threw it all together without too much analysis. SHOP: t-shirt, jumper, skirt, slingbacks, bag 

    FIND THE PERFECT DRESS

     

    Florals are no longer synonymous with summer – and the right dress is a one-step look that’ll transform your cold-weather dressing. We love moody florals in winter, which tends to mean colourful flowers on a dark background. And the design should be practical, too: long sleeves and maxi length. Then simply add boots and  go. SHOP: dress, bag, boots 

    SHOP: t-shirt, jumper, bag

    JOIN THE KNIT-SET

     

    For a season step-change, gravitate towards warm, weighty yarns that feel cosy and look fabulous worn as a matching set. Love colour? Go all out in emerald green or deep red. And if you want to ease your way in, choose one of the season’s long, relaxed sweater dresses in navy, grey or black, and layer with cosy cardigans. SHOP: hoops, jumper, skirt, bag, boots

    DRESS UP YOUR COSIEST KNIT

     

    The easiest way to transform knitwear into an office-to-out wardrobe staple is with smart tailored trousers and velvet mules. The right separates make the jumper look as elegant as, say, your go-to blazer, but far more on-point for this season. The knits that work best have a classic pattern in smart, neutral colours, and a polo neck too. SHOP: earrings, jumper, trousers, mules  

    SHOP: coat, boots

    THAT BOY-MEETS-GIRL THING

     

    Balance the season’s masculine tailoring by wearing bright, feminine separates underneath. An oversized coat, which we love in any kind of heritage check or tweed, tones down pieces that might ordinarily feel a little too dressy for day, while bold colours makes the outerwear look even more stylish. And don’t let your feet miss out on the fun – the brighter the better. SHOP: earrings, trench, dress, shoes  

    HAVE DARK THOUGHTS

     

    We love wearing silk with warm, wintry fabrics like tweed, wool-blends and leather. In head-to-toe black and navy, it’s a foolproof way to end up with a stylish, eclectic look that works as well for day as for night. Side-note: our love affair with slouchy winter boots shows no sign of abating – they are just so versatile and comfortable. SHOP: polo-neck, necklace, blazer, belt bag, skirt, boots  

    SHOP: jumper

    TWINKLE TOES

     

    One of the fastest ways to boost your winter fashion credentials at night: one super-luxe pair of shoes, like these gorgeous velvet heels with a touch of glitter. Clash them or match them – anything goes. And while we know they’re not an everyday staple, they’re one of those after-hours failsafe pieces you’ll never regret owning. SHOP: skirt, shoes

    EMBRACE LADYLIKE STAPLES

     

    If you’re anything like us and bemoan the end of sandal season, consider a cold-weather pair. By that, we mean luxe fabric, a wintry colour and super-chunky style – all of which balance the bulk of a winter coat, and look fab with any dress or skirt you throw at it. We love them worn with socks and a longline, tailored coat. On that note: if you haven’t found your winter warmer, this navy G.Label number is a forever piece. Throw it on for instant polish, day or night. SHOP: coat, dress, socks, sandals 

    SHOP: jumper, bag, skirt

    THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING COSY

     

    We feel the cold. Big time. So when temperatures drop, we keep a parka within reach. With all the practical elements ticked off (hood, pockets and waterproof all over), a black parka becomes our handbag, umbrella and warmth-layer all in one. And with the right outfit underneath, this off-duty staple takes us way beyond the weekend. SHOP: parka, jumper, mini, boots  

    THE (EASY) STYLE FORMULA

     

    This formula is as simple as it is stylish: Swap out your usual button-down shirt for a relaxed knit. Then tuck it into a high-waisted midi-skirt (printed or plain, they all work) and add ankle boots. This combination is our go-to for the office in winter and takes the heavy lifting out of figuring out how to look polished and feel cosy. Tights optional. SHOP: polo-neck, skirt, bag, boots

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