Q. I consider myself fashionable but I hate dressing for winter. I couldn't agree less with the old cliché that fashionable people just love to dress up in cold weather. I've been wearing the same faux fur jacket and mannish overcoat for months now - I urgently need some sleek wardrobe alternatives to stay warm and avoid slipping into the unfashionable category.
A. We're all glad winter is nearly over but that doesn't offer us any consolation from the fact that January is the coldest time of the year. With the thought of spring shopping on our minds we still currently need to dress up warm for winter. Take cold comfort in these bone-chilling temperatures by accessorising and layering well.
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The real trick to turning up the heat is to start with innerwear. Fine knitted vests and hosiery lay the best foundations for heat insulation offering the opportunity to wear more fashion conscious pieces on top. Failing this will result in you not being able to resist throwing on that full-length puffer coat you need to avoid right now. Remember you want to look stylish not like an eskimo.
There are plenty of fresh ideas for bundling up in style. Blanket dressing has emerged as one of the leading trends this season to shield against the bitter chill. Layering textured lightweight fabrics and knits allows you to strip off layers according to temperature changes ensuring you don't experience an embarrassing hot flush when you step in from the cold.
Throw a lambskin collar over a traditional poncho for a more glamorous affair or show off an elegant cashmere knit dress by throwing a blanket cape over your shoulders. Fingerless gloves will also allow for a flash of nail colour. Add a luxurious detachable faux fur lined hood and that's a wrap!
Holyhood Tabarca detachable hood with faux fur lining by Chou Chou Couture £115 made to order at www.chouchoucouture.com. Donna long knitted dress by Stefanel £200 & plaid long shirt by McQ Alexander McQueen £875 both at House of Fraser Glasgow. Woven Bridle wool blanket cape by Ralph Lauren Blue Label £1230 at Ralph Lauren Glasgow. Tights by Levante £12 at www.tightsplease.com. Fulston short boot £650 at Belstaff Glasgow.
Sicilian Baroque sunglasses by Dolce & Gabbana £240 at www.pretavoir.co.uk. Cream knitted dress with wizard sleeve by McQ Alexander McQueen £665 & petrol blue leather jacket by ACNE £1600 both at House of Fraser Glasgow. Bordeaux velvet skirt with front split by Sparkle and Fade £40 at www.urbanoutfitters.com. Zip over-knee suede boot £325 at www.russellandbromley.com.
Oversized Baroque sunglasses by Prada £349 at www.pretavoir.co.uk. Boyfriend dress with fringed neckline £87 worn over Talita dress with sheer fringed sleeve £95 both by Little White Lies at www.urbanoutfitters.com. Palomino satin faced chiffon pleated skirt by Ralph Lauren Blue Label £530 at Ralph Lauren Glasgow. Black pvc belt by Roksanda Ilincic £115 at Jane Davidson Edinburgh. Lambskin collar by Joseph £245 at Harvey Nichols Edinburgh. Wool Mantle poncho by DAY Birger et Mikkelson £250 & fingerless cashmere gloves by Stefanel £60 both at House of Fraser Glasgow. Glitter Downton bow trim loafer £165 at www.russellandbromley.com.
Chair dressed with Jacquard wool scarf £120 & grey cashmere mix large scarf £90 both by Stefanel at House of Fraser Glasgow.
Styling: Lisa Ringrose
Photography: Jeff Mars
Hair: Isabella Watson Creative Director at Toni & Guy Glasgow using Label M www.toniandguy.com
Make Up: Rona Skuodas using Illamasqua www.illamasqua.com