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

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    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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Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face—Victor Hugo

When I was in Bombay (Mumbai) I could never understand why the tourist friends I made from UK spoke so much about weather. Talking about whether so regularly is a very quintessential British tradition. Only after making Britain my new home have I realised why. It does dictate every facet of your life. Be it your activity, your clothes and whether or not you should carry a brolly (the answer is yes, carry it always). No doubt in guessing that this post is also about weather or rather British winter.

When it comes to winter dressing my biggest rule of thumb is—comfort. I especially get drawn towards big, chunky knits that I can practically hide under. Indeed, it is my fashion de rigueur. So, when I got a chance to collaborate with Romwe once again, I naturally picked this oversized sweater in the prettiest shade of blue.

Oversized sweater from Romwe winter fashion

Oversized sweater from Romwe winter fashion

Now, don’t assume that just because we are talking about winter dressing and chunky sweaters it would mean grand mommy fashion. This pretty blue thing comes with a pretty back lattice design and can be worn as an off-shoulder top. I have paired this with black ripped jeans and ankle booties. I have used nifty little accessories like beret, a red bag and statement necklace and earrings to give a boho touch.

Oversized sweater fashion from Romwe

Oversized sweater fashion from Romwe

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Sweater: Romwe, Jeans: DIY, Accessories: India street shops, Bag: Next (old) like this one too, shoes: Marks & Spencer 

This is the kind of thing I wear on a busy winter morning when I want to be comfortable, colourful and free spirited.

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Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months ~Oscar Wilde

There are some things in fashion that are so inexplicable that one should just enjoy it without questions. The vest jacket or sleeveless jacket is one such thing. No one can really understand its efficiency but also cannot ignore it completely. When the hubby dearest saw this in my wardrobe, he shook his head, ttched-ttched and called it the man-repeller jacket!

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However, as I am a rebel without a pause, I still kept it. The vest or the sleeveless jacket is edgy, rebellious and effortless (just like my mood some days) throw is over a simple jeans and tee for a casual look or pair with suede mini, roll-neck and boots for added oomph or mix it with a pencil dress…the options are plenty.

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how to style sleeveless jacket

Here, I have used it to give a pop of colour to my all black ensemble. I have thrown it over a black cardigan, ankle boots and black leggings. This is the kind of look I go for when I am spending my off-days running errands or when I am at work.

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sleeveless jacket

Cardigan+jeggings: H&M (old), Jacket: local shop also like this one, bag: Osprey London

Man-repelling or not; if I can throw just one garment to look put-together and fun it is a winner in my eyes.

Do you agree?

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“People will stare make it worth their while.”—Harry Winston

The past week Britain continued to feel the chill thanks to the cold wave. However, instead of complaining about my almost numb fingers and toes, I thought why not actually try and enjoy the season, if only for a tiny bit. After all, if you can’t beat them; join them right? So, I fished out this gem of a coat from my wardrobe and played around with it. Faux fur is one of favourite items. I have dressed it here, here and here.

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Faux fur is a trend that refuses to die. Each year it comes back in different avatars as trend makers and followers are just too eager to put it in the style map time after time. I definitely feel that with its obvious chic factor; it is an irrefutable shorthand to glamour.  It puts a pop of sophistication to a plain outfit and also takes a great ensemble to another level. At the same time, it has an undisputed edge to it.

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In my outfit today, I have gone for layering (loads of) and used my faux fur coat for an elegant yet rebellious finish. I have worn it over a vest, thermal roll neck and an animal motif sweater. I have paired it with DIY ripped jeans. As it was an all black look, I decided to use my sugar-hued coat almost as afterthought. To finish, I have used woolen gloves, a simple clutch and leopard print boots. If you have been reading/following my blog, you would know that I love animal prints especially from the cat family.

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Coat: Select fashion (old), sweater: H &M (similar), roll neck: trespass, jeans: DIY, booties: M&S (sold out). 

So who says winter dressing has to be boring? With my handy tips you can definitely heat up even the coldest day. I love taking style pictures in ramshackle almost staid background. Here, I have used a parking lot (hence the sign). What can I say? I love contradicting factors.

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“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” —Yves Saint Laurent

I have been a little slow with style posts. It hasn’t been intentional but juggling baby, studies and work leaves me utterly without any minute some days. However, without delving into lengthy excuses I will dive straight into the outfit post and the inspiration behind it. Britain, as some of you are aware, is under a massive cold wave and this weekend we were finally treated to a wee bit of snow.

Dressing up for extreme cold/snow has been my biggest fashion quandary. How do you dress smartly and look good while making sure you do not freeze to death? Answer: clever layering and a military style, khaki coloured parka. Military influence in fashion is so persistent that we almost do not notice it. This season too it is a look that sees no signs of dying down.

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On spring catwalk, Marc Jacob’s show was quite memorable as he turned his models into an army who strutted down in his military-inspired collection. Designer Jason Wu showcased camo prints with panache; my favourite however was Ralph Lauren who effortlessly mixed androgynous military style with femininity of ball gowns.

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A parka jacket/coat is one of the easiest ways to wear this trend and the high street has a plethora of varieties suiting every budget. Here, I have paired my parka with my trusty Levis jeans and boots. I have worn a vest, basic cardigan and a tee underneath the parka . This utilitarian look is all about practical elements so I have added a bold, leopard print scarf and statement earrings to put a chic spin to the look.

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Parka: New look, Jeans: Levis, Boots: Timberland, Scarf: H&M, Bag: Zara

Lesson learnt from this look? You can be practical yet chic and more importantly you can keep yourself wonderfully warm without sacrificing style.

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