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Winter Trends

14th October 2014

This week, Britain has been hit with a noticeable change in the weather – from a significant drop in temperatures to autumnal thunderstorms, there’s no denying that it’s time to shake out your woollens and bundle up in preparation for the coming months. A cooler forecast calls for cosy fabrics and clever layering, all without compromising in the style stakes, so we’ve collated some of our favourite winter trends to see you through the season looking and feeling fabulous.

Statement knits

A sophisticated statement knit or classic cable design can completely transform an autumn outfit. Pair it with a fine cord skirt or pair of trousers for a cosy, texture-rich look that will suit any occasion.

If you’re looking to inject a little bit of fun into your look, knitted animal motifs, feminine bows, lace panels and colourful Fair Isles are just the ticket.

Bear in mind that there is a fine line between a luxurious, layered look and over-layering to the point where you might feel restricted and bulky. Balance out any chunky knits by keeping your bottom half streamlined and sleek in skinny jeans or leggings. If you choose a cosy textured sweater dress, add a skinny belt to cinch you in at the waist and give some definition to your curves.

Statement Knits


Winter florals

Just because the flowers in your garden have long departed, the fashion industry’s long-time love affair with all-things floral doesn’t necessarily die down come autumn – bold blooms are the perfect way to brighten up your wardrobe on dreary winter days.

Winter Florals


If you’re looking for a way to bring this trend bang up to date for the coming season, opt for slightly ornamental, botanical prints (think William Morris wallpaper) or fairy tale inspired nature scenes – autumnal woodland scenes or folksy patterns are slightly understated yet still offer unmistakable style.

Make your florals winter-friendly by layering them under classic pieces in timeless shades. A colour-rich yet classic knit thrown over a floral shirt still promises standout style without shouting ‘look at me!’.

Cosy boots

The footwear of choice for most when the colder weather hits, boots are a must-have for any winter wardrobe. This season, ankle boots are having a true fashion moment – worn with pretty dresses and thick tights for an air of easy femininity or with skinny jeans (rolled up for bonus points) for a bit of an edge.

For comfort and an effortlessly casual look, flats are the perfect choice, whilst a little bit of lift from an elegant heel will work wonders for your figure at any seasonal shindigs you’ve got coming up.

Whether you’re craving brisk wintry walks kicking through crunchy leaves or you’re already looking forward to the sparkles and sequins of festive parties, adjust to the coming season in style with cosy winter collections – Statement knits, Cosy boots and Winter florals.

Cosy Boots


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