Rules of winter dressing

Don’t let the title of this post make you think, I am trying to infantilise you in any way. If Google search data is to be believed there have been 148,000,000 search results for this query. Now, keeping my data-oriented mind aside, as a style-lover, this is a question that has often befuddled me. You see winter brings its own set of sartorial dilemmas when the foggy mind is asking things like what types of clothes to wear in winter to what length coat to wear with a dress. All legitimate questions, if your aim is to look chic and happy without wanting to lose a toe to the cold. After living in cold weather for eight years now, I think I am finally beginning to nail a foolproof winter look that is more than 100 denier tights and chunky boots. 

First up, it is important to understand that you need certain basics which are essentially your winter wardrobe arsenal, so opaque tights in various deniers are a must. But you should also have turtlenecks or roll necks, thermals and the quintessential scarfs. Once these basics are there you can easily build a winter wardrobe and take your June’s summer dress to the frosty morning of November. 

1.Wrap it up

A wrap dress is one of the most versatile dress styles that can flatter any matter no matter their age, shape or size. In summer you can wear it with nary a care and pair it with strappy heels or even trainers. But how to style summer’s wrap dress for winter? With a roll neck and patterned tights with knee-high boots and a statement belt.  Wearing a dress when it is zero degrees Celcius might seem like a challenge but once you have your basics in place, it is an easy outfit formula that can work for every occasion.

Here, I have done exactly that and added a warm faux suede coat in camel for the warmth and breaking the darkness of bottle green plus black combination. As a person, whose threshold for cold is remarkably low, I am pretty pleased to say I did not feel cold a single minute in this outfit. 

Dress (below): Silk Fred, Roll neck sweater: Marks & Spencer.

    2. Leggings to the rescue

Leggings or thermal leggings are your best friend. As you can, winter dressing relies upon basics like thermals and thermal leggings. A short shift dress can be winterised by adding a roll neck underneath and thermal leggings. Add finishing touches like a beret and you are ready to rock every occasion–whether it is that important meeting or a lunch date with your friends.

Dress: Yumi (old), leggings: Uniqlo

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    3. Brighten up with a chunky sweater

I love a cosy, chunky sweater and if it is in a nice bright colour, it is even better. Adding a chunky sweater over a dress or skirt is one of the easiest and sustainable ways to make your summer dresses do the winter dance. Add a knee-length boot for extra comfort and to doze off the chills.

Chunky knit: Dorothy Perkins (old, similar), Skirt: Next (old), Boots: Timberland (old)

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    4. Be businesslike with a structured blazer.

A pleated skirt with a white shirt is one of my favourite summer look for work. To give it a businesslike vibe, I recently added a thermal inside the shirt and polished it off with a structured blazer. Adding different layers not only keeps you cosy but adds drama and texture to your look.

Skirt: eBay (old), blazer: H&M (old), thermal: Marks & Spencer

Winter dressing rules female

    5. Don’t underestimate the humble accessories

Accessories should not be underestimated. Whether it is a little beret or a chunky scarf all of these little things can help you to stay warm and use your summer dresses in winter without breaking your bank. A pop of colour in the form of winter accessories not only elevates your look but also breaks the monotony of winter greys and keeps you warm.

Beret: Marks & Spencer (old, similar)

How to wear summer dresses in winter

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Maxi dresses are the perfect pick for Spring/Summer but till now I thought finding the perfect long sleeved maxi dress is akin to finding a real life unicorn. My hunt for unicorns is still on but at least I’ve found my long sleeved maxi dress.

With its fun bell sleeves and quirky floral motif, this maxi dress has a decided boho vibe. As versatility is a big factor for me, I paired and styled in different ways all in one day.

As you can see this dress can be styled in several different ways. Add a nice belt, denim jacket, heels or flats; your options are endless and the back details take its ante a notch up, don’t you think? Thus making a true wardrobe hero.

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As a self-confessed shopping addict and fashion lover, I must say shopping for me is the greatest pleasure-seeking activity! I shop–when I am happy, when I am frustrated, when I have had a bad at work, when I have had a really good day and sometimes just because I can. The other day, after a cleaning spree, channelised by watching Marie Kondo on Netflix, I realised that I actually have clothes enough to fit a little town. This made me uncomfortable.

This discomfort is amplified when I read about how fast-fashion is destroying the planet. If you have been living under a rock for all these months and have missed these reports, here are some sobering facts:

These numbers are staggering and if the fashion industry and fashion lovers like me do not take this seriously, we would just end up contributing to this problem more.

I have taken a conscious decision that I would stop impulse shopping and only buy things I genuinely need. The key thing I would ask myself before buying a garment would be: Will I be wearing it at least 20 times? The other thing, I have promised myself is that I would restyle and recycle clothes. I am actually quite excited about the restyling element because it means really expanding my style creativity to come up with various looks without buying anything.

breton top style

So, this is exactly what I did whilst on holiday recently. Instead of buying “at least one new piece of garment for the holiday” I decided to restyle my old Breton (striped) top. This is an old one and you can see how I wore this few years ago (pictured above). Breton top is one of those classic style items which every woman should have in their wardrobe simply because they are versatile.

This time, I wore the top with a skirt and red boots both which I bought last year.

So, you see you do not have to keep buying stuff in order to be fashionable/stylish/trendy/happy. I know this promise to buy something only if I really need it, is going to be a tough one but I am determined to make it work.

And yes as I just showed you, you can be stylish and save the planet too because hey it’s the only one we got.

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Running isn’t a sport for pretty boys (and girls)…It’s about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. It’s the frozen spit on your chin and nausea in your gut. It’s about throbbing calves and cramps at midnight that are strong enough to wake the dead. It’s about getting out the door and running when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion that you need to live each and every day with. It’s about being on a lonely road and running like a champion even when there’s not a single soul in sight to cheer you on. Running is all about having the desire to train and persevere until every fibre in your legs, mind, and heart is turned to steel. And when you’ve finally forged hard enough, you will have become the best runner you can be. And that’s all that you can ask for.” 

From The Gift – A Runner’s Story, Paul Mercer

Basingstoke Half Marathon 2018 what running has taught me about life

I have never been an athlete or a runner ever in my life. Needless to say, I never thought that I would actually be able to participate in and finish a half marathon even in my wildest dreams. So, last Sunday (7th Oct) when I finished my first half marathon in a mostly hilly terrain of Basingstoke, Hampshire in 2 hours and 35 minutes, I was pleasantly surprised.

I have always liked doing things that are out of my comfort zone and running has always intrigued me. So, I took up this challenge of running a half marathon just to see what I am made of.

Last year, I took up running seriously. Earlier this year, I  started training for the Basingstoke Half Marathon. During this process, I realised that there is more to running than just putting one foot in front of the other; running teaches you a few important things about life and builds your spirit and character.

You can achieve anything as long as you are willing to work for it:

As I mentioned earlier, I am not a natural runner. Running was not just difficult for me; it was impossible. But hard work, discipline and sheer stubbornness to achieve something are the essential qualities you need to achieve anything in life just like in running.

Believe in yourself and be your own cheerleader:

You will have many naysayers who will try to bring you down, the worst naysayer could be your own negative voice. Cut it out, tell it to shut up! Belief in your self and that can do mentality is the first step to actually being able to do it. Life is a marathon and some of it will have to be done alone, so it is important to love yourself to love the process. Simply put, be your own cheerleader.

Basingstoke Half Marathon 2018 what running teaches you about life

Setbacks are inevitable but Perseverance pays off:  

Injuries, tiredness, a beaten up spirit, these are some of the things I’ve experienced in and out of running. Every time I found myself down (sometimes, despite my best efforts), I got up, dusted myself, healed and carried on. It was not easy but giving up would be have been worse.

Be Proud of your Body:

Like many other women, I have been conditioned to not love my body and be obsessed with its shortcomings—the mummy tummy, the cellulite, the scars. But when I had my daughter four years ago, I finally realised the enormous power of the female body. Its ability to split in half to push a tiny human being and to heal itself is truly wonderful. Training and running the half marathon has made me more respectable, loving and prouder of my body because you realise that your strong legs and an even stronger mind can literally take you places.

It’s Your and only you Race:

As adults, we love comparing ourselves to others and vexing ourselves endlessly. Sure, someone would be faster, better, have a more of runner’s body, is more successful than you but running teaches you that is your and only your race. Enjoy it, cherish it and make it worthwhile. Comparing yourself to others simply steals the joy.

As I said, Running teaches you a lot about life. If running has helped please share your story in the comment section.

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As a busy, working and blogging mum, relaxing and doing nothing is something I rarely do. But once in a while, even I think I need to slow down, put my feet up, relax and smell the proverbial coffee. If you have been following me on Instagram, you would know that I love dressing up. But dressing down is also something I take it seriously because let’s face it no one can be 24/7 dressed up with perfect nails, hair, makeup and shoes, not even Beyonce (Well, maybe she can!). For rest of us mortal beings, comfortable and stylish loungewear is a blessing in disguise. So, in this post, I bring to you the loungewear edit featuring pretty pink pyjamas.

To be honest with you all, there are days when I just want to mop around in my PJs especially if those days become snowy days with the beast from the east hitting us like crazy. For those days, all you need is a comfy pair of PJs in a happy colour like pink, a nice book, hot chocolate and plenty of laughter with your family.

Staying in, snuggling and doing nothing has its own set of health benefits and if you do it in a pair of stylish and comfy PJs there is nothing like it. Personally, I am constantly in search of warm, comfy and durable loungewear and online I found Simply Be to have quite an amazing selection in both straight and plus sizes.

Loungewear by Simply Be

Loungewear by Simply Be

This pink beauty in soft velvet with a touch of satin strikes the perfect balance between comfort and luxury, just the two things you need for especially cold, wintry and snowy days. For strutting around the home, like a Queen that I am, I have simply paired it with leopard print furry slippers.

Loungewear by Simply Be

Pyjamas: Simply Be, Slippers: Gifted

I love it when comfy PJs serves all the other purposes– keeps me warm, chic and confident. What’s more, if you can pair the top and the bottom with different items in your wardrobe you have got yourself a true winner.

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