It is November 30th – one day until the Christmas countdown commences. Four days until I can squeeze into my gold lurex polo neck and drink excessive amounts of mulled wine. Or maybe I’ll hibernate in my snug jumpsuit for the month. I’m pretty sure it’s transitional.
We are currently living in the Antarctica. Yesterday I layered a chunky Aran knit over a woolly jumper, a polo neck (yes I have a problem), a t-shirt and a tank top. And then I arrived in work and it all came off. The cold can be problematic – my go-to look in September of cropped denim jeans and printed t-shirt doesn’t quite work in December. Or does it. The trick is to layer a chunky cardigan, wool jumper or faux fur jacket, preferably in autumnal colours, over the outfit you actually want to wear. This will keep out the insufferable chills, and you suitably stylish.
Take inspiration from Miuccia Prada’s autumn-winter 2015 collections and layer paintbox colours over warmer fabrics. This season is about combining the pieces you loved in the summer over shirts and polo necks. Steer clear of drab tones – fashion editors, stylists and bloggers have embraced a wardrobe of bright hypnotic prints, extreme layering, unexpected colour combinations, high-waisted denim and dior-esque plastic boots (Zara does a good replica). Pair an embellished chunky knit and denim jumpsuit like fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni did at Paris Fashion Week. She is not just a pretty face (ahem). Or skim Danish Street Style Star Pernille Teisbaek's tips on layering this winter (Vogue online featured them this November) – it's worth a glance, at least. The cold does not necessarily mean dark drab tones and arctic jackets – fashion has swerved into a pile-it-on maximalism and found it's mojo, once more. If intimidated by all this attention seeking, simply add one or two bright prints to your wardrobe and pair with skinny jeans and boots. Embark on a vintage adventure as a cheap way to update your look or head down to your nearest Zara or Mango, a treasure trove of Gucci-esque imitations and take your pick. I know I will.
Photography: Christina Higgins
Multi-coloured over-sized wool coat, Marks & Spencer, red ribbed polo neck, Marks & Spencer, monochrome jumpsuit, Whistles, maroon boots, Zara, grey and red wool spotted beanie and grey wool gloves, Avoca Handweavers.