If you feel the cold, now’s the time to think about adding those layers and choosing fabrics designed to keep you warm. Here are a few ideas that as someone who feels the cold, I’d certainly recommend:
- layer a long sleeve t-shirt or roll neck underneath blouses, jumpers, dresses etc. I like the Heat Tech range from Uniqlo shown below as they aren’t too bulky but have thermal properties to keep you warm. (I styled a few layering pieces in this blog on making the most of your existing wardrobe if you’d like some inspiration). Don’t always put short sleeve tops away as the temperatures drop, as you can easily wear them year-round with the addition of layers. Even a camisole/vest top will add some warmth if you don’t like the idea of layering with a long sleeve top.
- layer a sleeveless vest (tank top) or jumper over your dresses/tops – this is a trend that we’ve seen before but it’s here again. Simply add the warm layer over the top instead/as well as a layer underneath.
- wear thick tights or thermal leggings with dresses or under trousers/jeans – here’s a selection from M&S including some with additional thermal properties too. I rather like their velvet touch ones. Or try these thermal leggings from Hello Lovely – they’re available online or in the local boutique in Godalming.
- keep your extremities warm – aside from socks and tights to keep your feet warm, gloves, hats and scarves definitely have their place in the colder months to keep your hands, neck and head warm too. Why not choose fun colours and designs though rather than always sticking to neutral colours. Remember the clothes you wear on the outside are those people see first. (If you don’t know which colours suit you, add a colour consultation to your Christmas wish list!).
- choose fabrics that add warmth – the obvious ones are thermals, wool, fleece etc. but there are brands that specifically engineer fabrics to retain (or reduce) heat. Hot Squash is one of those companies that designs clothes in fabrics that retain warmth (or cool you down) – even for occasion wear like the dress and thermally lined sequin jacket below – you can check out their website here: Hot Squash. Otherwise, it’s time to get out the woolly jumpers … and don’t forget that they look great over the top of dresses for another current look.
- embrace the trend for sturdy footwear – chunky boots are a big trend at the moment, which means you can keep your feet cosy whilst looking stylish too. Or choose longer boots and keep even more of your legs warm.
Let me know how else you keep warm as I’m definitely all ears on this one!