Every season comes with its own sartorial nightmares. Summer is all about trying to find stylish clothes that’ll keep you cool, whereas every spring and autumn induces the same hopeless search for the perfect transitional coat.
But winter is a whole other ballgame.
The temperature drops, the nights fall dark and, in the pursuit of staying warm, fashion rules quickly go out the window.
Before you know it, you’re piling on the layers with no thought to coordination and pulling out the same old reliable jumpers that have kept you cosy and comfy since university.
Well, not this year.
This year you’re finally going to break out of your style rut and discover different looks for winter, and you won’t have to break the bank to accomplish the transformation either.
With a few essential items, you’ll soon be looking and feeling like a whole new – and super chic – you. Here are our top tips for revolutionising your wardrobe in time for Christmas.
#1: Invest in a statement coat!
Outerwear isn’t exactly renowned for being cheap, but a statement coat is definitely worth the investment. Picking out the perfect coat can be tricky, but don’t worry, we have a few tips and tricks to get you find the perfect coat.
After all, you can be wearing anything underneath – your nighty even – yet with a pair of killer shoes you’d still win best dressed at the school gates.
Look out for fur collars, bright block colours and anything with a military vibe for extra style points, or if you’re feeling brave join the 80s revival with your high school favourite, the puffer jacket. It’s made a big comeback this season.
#2: Swap your signature scent!
Lots of us fall in love with one fragrance and from then on rely on the same old signature scent day in and day out. Exploring different options will let you challenge your usual style in a small but significant way.
And with discount sites regularly promoting perfume offers, experimenting is cheaper than ever. From perennial classics like Ghost to modern favourites like Marc Jacobs Daisy, there’s something to suit every taste.
Even if no one else notices your subtle swap, you certainly will – your new perfume will forever conjure fond memories of Christmas 2016.
#3: Prepare to get sparkly!
Your inner child will be thrilled to play around with one of this year’s biggest fashion trends – tinsel. Yup, “the more sparkles the better” should be your shopping mantra over the next few weeks.
Sequin jumpers, glitzy bodycon dresses or metallic ankle boots, they’re yours for the taking and they all work perfectly for any upcoming festive parties you have on the horizon.
If a wardrobe full of eye-catching glitter is a little too much for you, an understated silver or gold scarf will have a much more subdued impact.
A few key style updates and investments are all it takes to turn your winter wardrobe from boring to chic. Follow our top tips and you won’t have to sacrifice comfort along the way.