The winter weather in Britain is usually a mixed bag, veering from frost and snow to heavy downpours. However, the cold is usually a constant factor, so a good winter wardrobe must be stocked with cosy knitwear and practical shoes and outerwear. Wearing bulky layers can make even the most stylish dresser feel frumpy at times, but this needn’t be the case. Many of this season’s trends involve high-quality fabrics and designs which mean that style needn’t be sacrificed for warmth and comfort.
The leather trend was all over the Fashion Week catwalks and it has been adopted enthusiastically by high street chains and smaller designers alike. Leather is a natural fabric, so as well as keeping wind and cold out and body warmth in, it's also great for weathering those damper days - so with a leather coat, you can make a real style statement and be practical too.
Whilst a classic leather jacket was the perfect choice for autumn, leather outerwear has been taken up a notch for the winter season. Look to boutique designers and leather specialists for a longer-length leather coat in a streamlined, tailored style.
Fur has added instant chic to outfits for centuries, and this year is no different. Animal lovers can rest easy, however, as most designers now opt for faux, the quality of which has improved dramatically over recent years. Fur needn’t be limited to outerwear, meaning that you can stay snug indoors, whether on a casual day out or night in. Look for a cardigan with a fur collar, though ensure the knitwear is fine: a thick weave combined with a fur trim can look bulky.
Finally, winter calls for decent footwear. Walking in snow and ice means that heels are a no-no: instead put practicality first. Go for classic riding boots which reference the heritage trend. They work with skirts or trousers and allow you to be comfortable on your feet all day.
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