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Stay snug and stylish this winter

fur collar, �190; crew neck coat, �690 and ribbed mittens, �70, Eric Bompard (0207 730 9826/www.eric-bompard.com).

fur collar, �190; crew neck coat, �690 and ribbed mittens, �70, Eric Bompard (0207 730 9826/www.eric-bompard.com).

  • by Jo Davison
 

THE Party season is over and spring is on its way, but during the months of January and February, you need to layer up to beat the barometer.

You need practical woolly, furry or insulating essentials to keep out the cold.

Feeling the chill already? The January sales are the perfect time to stock up on winter warmers.

The good news is that cosy accessories aren’t trend-led, so they’ll keep for the next cold snap. Here’s how to be fashion savvy through the depths of mid-winter...

HEAD FIRST

IT’S a myth that you lose more than a third of your body heat from the head, but still, a winter hat is an effective way to battle the elements.

You might inadvertently become a bit of a head-turner too. A hat is an instant style statement and it’s usually the accessory that dominates an outfit. Choose your headgear wisely; if you want to go conservative, head for a woolly beanie. Up the stakes with an oversized bobble hat or go totally OTT with a Russian-style faux fur Cossack hat.

Ears can really feel the chill. Try a trapper-style hat for a multi-tasking head and ear warmer, or forego the hat altogether and go for winter’s biggest hit, a cute and cosy pair of ear muffs.

For something less confined to winter, choose a felt hat in an opulent shade.

FINGER DE-FREEZERS

IF the cold is really biting, wear a top with sleeves that are snug at the wrist for extra insulation.

While mittens keep your hands slightly warmer than gloves, they compromise your mobility. If you want to be really versatile, look for a pair that can convert from mittens to fingerless with one manoeuvre.

For durability and sleek style, you can’t beat a pair of leather gloves. This winter they’ve been updated with contrast panels of fur, wool or shearling.

If you’re bored by black, this season leathers come in a variety of rich colours like berry or navy.

NECK 
WARMERS

SWAP that party season choker for some winter-friendly statement neckwear. If you prefer something that you can bury your face in, a snood is the winter warmer to covet. While a woolly version can usually be wrapped twice around your neck (or head), a faux fur style will just be one size so ensure it’s the 
shape that you’re looking 
for.

When it comes to scarves, the bigger, the better should be your mantra. If your winter coat is plain, try a print scarf to add interest, but stick to block colours if your outerwear is loud and attention-grabbing.

For an accessory that’s cosy but not restrictive, try a faux fur stole to add some instant glamour and warmth – not to mention reinventing a tired winter coat.

SNUG STYLING

ARCTIC conditions or not, a 
cold snap is no reason to neglect your fashion 
credentials. Here’s how to navigate winter accessories without looking like 
you’ve raided a jumble 
sale.

TONAL

KEEP your clothes and winter accessories within the same colour palette. It’s a catwalk styling trick that creates instant impact in pretty much any hue.

CLASH

INJECT a cacophony of colour to a dark winter coat by mixing block brights together. If you’re feeling really bold, clash print woollies together for a major style statement.

MATCH

MATCHING scarf and gloves is the classic fail-safe that instantly makes you look put-together.

Pick out two winter accessories in a bright hue, like scarlet – it’s the beauty equivalent of red lips and nails.

 

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