Alongside the clothes we reach for every single winter (hello, camel coat and leather leggings), we also look for new ways to wear old favourites and future classics. So we tried on all the clothes, and here’s what we fell in love with – and we know you will too.
Fashion has a slightly more pragmatic mood this winter, with cosy knitwear, heritage prints and classic tan accessories all having a moment. We also love that silk and bold gold accessories, ordinarily shelved for evening, are both stepping out into the daylight. So, after poring over what the catwalks, boutique brands and high street have to offer, here’s what we’ll be wearing all winter long.
THE PERFECT PRINT
Snakeskin is a subtle and understated option (as far as animal and reptile prints go), so it’s great for both work and play. As for this gorgeous Mango dress, we think it’s quite the high-street gem. The cut is super-flattering, the long sleeves and high neck are perfect for winter, and the subtle ruffles will make everyone think it blew a much larger hole in your wallet.
The last time necklaces were having a moment it was all fine chains and diamanté. So we’re loving the return to chunky chains with hefty statement charms. And we’re quietly obsessed with this Chloé number, which is just retro enough, without tipping into fancy dress. Honestly, we don’t plan on taking it off for the entire season.
THE ALTERNATIVE TRENCH
We’ve been waxing lyrical about the iconic status of a classic trench for years. Seriously, every stylish wardrobe needs one. The exception to this rule, of course, is that you can have an alternative coat. One that’s just as wearable and easy and grown-up – but offers something a little different. And we’ve found it: the timeless silhouette in a statement, heritage check. This one’s a keeper.
CHECK YOUR CHECKS
First, if you haven’t started digging every single piece of tartan you own out of deep storage, please do so. It’s big this winter. And as tartan is one of those prints that has longevity, don’t shy away from adding a few more pieces to your wardrobe. The challenge is how to make such a traditional print look and feel modern. The answer is as simple as clashing your checks, and then accessorising with classics, such as tan boots and a tonal bag.
THE BELT BAG
While we admit that the belt bag may not be a piece of fashion kit you’ll be hitching to your waist for years to come, we simply cannot resist this cool new accessory. We love how it instantly updates every piece of outerwear or dress that we own, and we also love that this chic Chloé design transforms into a cross-body when (and if) we tire of wearing it as a belt.
STUCK IN THE MIDI
The cooler months are all about layering, which means reaching for stylish pieces that are easy to mix and match. And a statement midi skirt is a classic style that works with so many separates. Up top, you can opt for a shirt or lightweight knitwear, while below, every style of boot you own will work. And we’re all about taking the angst out of getting dressed, so this skirt, which also taps into our tartan obsession, will be on high rotation.
The 80s scrunchie is making a modern-day comeback and we’re on board. That’s not to say we won’t be discerning, though. Like any trend, choosing carefully is the key. Take, for instance, this gorgeous green velvet one, complete with an oversized bow. It just adds a little something to the outfit, giving it a polished edge.
We’re making an effort to streamline the contents of our handbag this winter, so that we can swap our overstuffed totes for something far more elegant. Decidedly modern in design, the clean lines, cool hardware and on-point bucket shape make this Joseph bag worth the effort. And with so many prints around this winter, black accessories make a smart and versatile choice.
IT’S A WRAP
Give your 9-to-5 wardrobe a stylish makeover with a navy coat, like this chic style from Joseph. Not only are the dark blue hues on offer from designers a modern alternative to black, but the longer cut and high quality of this coat means you can wear it every single day. And when it’s cooler, we’re looking forward to wrapping and belting it against the chill.
SILK FOR EVERYDAY
This season, don’t keep your silk for after dark. This chic eveningwear staple is stepping out into the light as a super-stylish (and yes, office-appropriate) everyday staple. And it’s exactly the kind of unfussy glamour we love. The key is to give your silk dresses and skirts a low-key makeover by pairing them with oversized knitwear, stacked-heel, knee-high boots and chunky bags.
SIMPLE & STYLISH
We can be quite demanding when it comes to the bags we carry every day. It’s a miracle we ever find a perfect match. The ideal style is roomy enough to fit our life, but not overly cumbersome. The shape should be interesting. The design should be versatile, because life happens and we don’t have time to switch up accessories. This Wandler bag ticks every box and we’re smitten. Side note: the signet ring and bangle are By Pariah x Artisan Fashion, a sustainable collection created by artisans in Kenya, with the aim of improving their fortunes and lives.
If, like Laura, you live in dresses and skirts during the winter months, these statement knee-high boots from Mango are a no-brainer. They’re on-point for updating your block-colour or woollen dresses for the new season, and will keep you that much warmer than ankle boots when the mercury really drops. We also love the stacked heel, which adds height without compromising on comfort.
Chunky gold jewellery takes your off-duty wardrobe up a notch – and it’s one of the easiest updates of the season. With all the layers we wear in winter, finer pieces can get a little lost. However, these big, brassy, more sculptural accessories really stand out.
IN GOOD COMPANY
Sometimes the key to finding a piece you’ll love season-on-season is to choose a style you won’t tire of. Timeless doesn’t have to mean overly simple. And so this satchel is our vote for most covetable new day bag this winter. We love that it switches easily between cross-body and top-handle, fits in all the essentials, and comes in the perfect shade of tan.
A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
One of our favourite ways to wear leopard, which is the most timeless of the animal prints, is with a big teddy coat. It may sound counter-intuitive, but outerwear is one of the easiest way to embrace a print like this, because you can throw it straight over anything you would ordinarily wear. And you’ll get a lot of wear out of this super-warm style, which works as well over jeans as an evening gown.
THE COMFORT ZONE
Few of you will need to be sold on the value of lifestyle trainers. This is the kind of effortless footwear that gives everything you pair it with (be it a floral dress, PJ suit or tailored trousers) a stylishly relaxed vibe. The shift we’ve noticed is that our sneaks no longer need to look so box fresh, like the slightly scuffed Golden Goose pair that Petro will be wearing all winter long.
THE RETRO KNIT
We’re loving the nostalgic, 70s feel of this rainbow jumper. And rather than play it safe, we’ll be pairing it with our worn denim flares and Swedish clogs to up the retro vibe in the office and on the weekend too. Sometimes, you just need to go with a theme when it’s this much fun.
THE PJ SUIT
An adaptable wardrobe staple that’s ideal for transeasonal dressing, this is the ultimate work uniform. We’ll be wearing ours everywhere this season, from breakfast meetings (with flats) to cocktail hour (just add earrings). The look is sharp and tailored. For day, you’ll get the most wear from a muted print like this one. And when you want to mix it up, wear this top as you would a blazer: roll up the sleeves and pair with jeans and a tee, or over a shirt and skirt combo.
Perfectly tuned to the season’s retro mood –and with a nod to brown, a classic shade that’s also getting a reboot – if we were going to invest in a trophy bag, it would be this gorgeous number by Chloé. Fashion credentials aside, the distinctive shape and gold hardware make the style a forever piece.
As an evening step-change, Petro’s swapping dresses for this silk suit. As a rule, simple silhouettes in rich shades are a winning combination. And this forest green is classic enough to become a staple. What really sold us on this gorgeous Peter Pilotto suit, though, was how insanely flattering the heavy silk is when you put it on. It’s like wearing a fashion filter that instantly smooths and perfects. In our mind, that’s a worthy investment.
All anyone is talking about this season is knitwear, and one of our favourite styles is a roll-neck. It’s warm, cosy and sophisticated. Even better: this one’s super-soft cashmere from Iris, where Laura’s been buying hers from for a few seasons and swears by the quality and cut. As for the colour, we’re loving burgundy. It’s an update on workday and weekend neutrals like navy and camel, and suits everyone.
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