As a perennially chilly Italian living in London, the moment the nights start to draw in, I immediately gravitate towards the warmth provided by turtlenecks, velvet and cashmere. Not every item in my selection here will reinvent the fashion wheel – indeed, you might already have some of these at the back of your closet – but each will fill a gap in your wardrobe, providing countless solutions for braving the winter.
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During the summer denim gets somewhat overlooked for my beloved dresses, but I always come back to it around this time of year. Add a soft cashmere and ankle boots, et voila.
Part of a co-ord set (with the skirt, right), this sweater wins top marks for versatility. Whether worn with the matching skirt or with trousers, the batwing sleeves elevate any outfit.
This wool-cotton blend skirt stands alone as a savvy winter investment. Wear with knee-high boots in claret, olive or black for an easy, yet suitably formal look.
The oversized cut and thick, warm fabric makes this coat a winter favourite – and olive is a shade that flatters so many skin tones, yet stands out in a sea of black and grey.
I would never part with these leather leggings – they’re one of my top five winter wardrobe essentials. Wear with boots, flats, trainers or sky-high heels, anything and everything goes.
Leopard print effortlessly adds interest to an otherwise sober winter outfit, and these boots do the job with aplomb. Jeans, dresses, skirts or tailored trousers all make the perfect foil.
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