Hands up I’ve been the idiot who has tried to made the effort to Keep Warm in Style and got it all wrong.
Like the time we went to Norfolk in December when I insisted on wearing a furry jacket for a beach walk. It looked glam but was no match for the horizontal wind coming off the North Sea! Or the ski pants from the designer Italian boutique which looked fabulous but had zero wind protection especially on the chairlifts!
But I’m no good at the Teletubby look, buried beneath tons of layers. It might be practical but it makes me feel rubbish and that’s never going to work! So that’s why I love to use accessories and base layers to Keep Warm in Style without sacrificing either comfort or my look. Here are my top tips, hope you find them useful.
Keep Warm In Style With Inside and Outside Scarves!
Why wear one scarf when you can wear at least two?
I like to wear a scarf to complete my outfit and then add another heavy outdoor scarf when I’m heading outside. This works really well when I’m out at meetings and not sure about the venue.
Top tip to keep warm in style: I also add a necklace. If I get overheated I can take the inside scarf off and still feel accessorized. , so that if I do get overheated then I can remove the ‘inside scarf’ and still feel accessorized!
Gone are the days when thermal meant looking old and frumpy! I firmly believe that the rise in popularity of skiing holidays helped to take thermal fashion to another level.
Merino wool or pure silk thermals were perfect when Mark and I skied every winter. But in the UK I’m going to overheat wearing those base layers. But if you do feel the chill there are some fabulous styles available. I particularly love this one from Bella di Notte. I find that simply wearing a light camisole as an extra base layer works for me on the top.
Top Tip To Keep Warm in Style: To keep my legs warm and toasty invest in a pair of fleece-lined leggings. You only need to pay around £10 to get a really warm pair.
Gloves + Hand Warmers = Toast!
Seriously I’m the worst about wearing gloves. I have really dry skin and am outside a lot with the dogs, but wearing normal gloves doesn’t work for me. I also have very small hands and fingers so find that gloves always feel too cumbersome.
Flexibility is key with the dogs, clipping and unclipping leads, getting treats out (essential for dog walking!). Gloves don’t do this and mittens are a disaster, so I wear fingerless gloves. However, this doesn’t solve the problem of cold fingers!
Top Tip To Keep Warm In Style: By a pair of reusable hand warmers to put in your coat or jacket pockets.
I have a set that you activate by clicking the metal disc inside the hand warmer. The gel in the pack starts to crystallise and heat up.
They stay warm for up to around 30 minutes. This is enough time for me to get my body temperature up. When you get home simply immerse in boiling water for 15 minutes and the crystals will become liquid again. Wait for the hand warmer to cool and it is ready to reuse! The fact that they’re reusable, non-toxic makes them a winner in terms of their eco-credentials.
Who Else Hates Wearing Tights Under Trousers?
Wearing tights with trousers is a no-no for me. I hate the feeling of being warm and sweaty around my belly – sorry if too much information!
If you’re out and about in Winter particularly if you’re waiting for public transport trousers aren’t always warm enough.
Top tip to Keep Warm In Style: wear hold ups not tights under trousers. This will keep you warm in style and you won’t end up with a hot belly or worse still another layer to manage in the bathroom!
You can also try wearing hold ups under leggings for an extra base layer.
Keep Warm In Style But Don’t Overheat!
If you suffer from irregular body temperature such as menopausal hot flushes this one is for you.
You’re better to keep your base layer the smartest sassiest layer. What do I mean by that? Simply wear additional layers that you can take off and still look and feel fabulous.
You want to avoid ending up a hot and sticky mess! Then you have the dilemma of do I go to the toilet to take everything off and re-dress without the base layer? Or do you brave it out and end up feeling really self-conscious?
Top tip to Keep Warm In Style: Shawl scarves and/or pashminas are perfect for this. Wear over your winter coat to finish off your look. Then you have an extra layer should you need it indoors. If you tend to wear a lot of dark colours in the winter then a brightly coloured pashmina there’s an amazing range at Absolute Exclusive very reasonably priced.
What are your top tips for keeping warm in style?
I’d love to hear them! Please pop them in the comments below.
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