Following on from my last post, here’s part 2 of my top tips for staying warm and looking polished for winter.

Top tips for winter layering continued

Cardigans

I love cardigans! Some people think that they look a little scruffy but I tend to disagree.

  • My top tip would be to invest in quality rather than quantity when it comes to the winter months, as you want good quality wool. Also you don’t want a thick woolen cardigan for the office as most offices tend to have heating.
  • If you don’t like having wool directly on your skin, ensure that you can wear a long sleeved top underneath. But if you really feel the cold and can wear wool you can always wear a merino layer underneath a cardigan for extra warmth. :-)
  • My favourite caridgan shape this winter is the waterfall cardigan and my top pick for this winter has been my marsala coloured one from Witchery.

Winter Dresses

Why is is that so many winter dresses don’t have sleeves? Well I can’t answer that question but I can tell you how you will be able to add extra mileage out of your summer shift dresses. The below looks can either be tended with tights and boots or nude tights and pumps for stricter offices.

  • Option 1: Wear a merino or long sleeved top under your dress.
  • Option 2: You can wear a sweater over the top!
  • Option 3: Woolen cardigan or jacket over the top.

Coats

I have an entire post on coats – check it out here for all my tips and tricks. However my most important tip when chosing a coat is to remember to invest in quality and a classic shape. That way it will become a winter staple for you for many years to come!

Accessories

Winter is the best because it has some the most feminine accessories, such as hats, gloves, scarves and patterned tights!

  • Hats and gloves are a great addition to your wardrobe especially if you take public transport to get to work. Invest in good quality pair of gloves and good hat as your body looses most of the warmth from its extremities. So this will ensure that you are nice and warm while waiting to get to and from work. :-)
  • Scarves – these are the holy grail of winter accessories. If you have a statement coat, one that is a beautiful bold colour (I have a raspberry coloured coat – AND I LOVE IT!), get a great winter scarf which has that colour in it, that way you will always look polished! In regards to winter scarves I could write an entire blog on just these alone. I love patterned scarves in winter as they add some extra texture to the outfit. Make sure when you are chosing scarves that they contains the colours you are building up in your wardrobe and also that the base colours are the same as what you have in your wardrobe. For example – I have a lovely scarf which contains raspberry, marsala and burgundy with a grey background.
  • Tights – I love winter as I get to wear patterned tights! I have many many different patterns which I like wearing, however it is important to note that this should be just a pop of something extra to your outfit – it shouldn’t “be” your outfit!

I hope the above has helped to alleviate some of the mystery on how to dress for winter. Remember if you really feel the cold you cannot beat wearing wool. Start from your base layer and go from there.

Let me know how you get on! Did you change your layering technique?