Dressing for winter is hard. It is very easy to draw back the curtains, take one look at the misty greyness that engulfs London at this time of year and throw on the biggest, warmest, lumpiestmost body swamping clothes you can find and be done with it. Leaving the house looking like you are wearing a duvet is undeniably the cosiest way to brave the gloom, but not necessarily considered the most stylish. However, for those of you who love the duvet look, this season you are in luck! Largely thanks to the influence of Parisian brand Vetements (read our article on them here) ,oversized clothing has become hugely popular again, bombers, leather jackets, blazers, knitwear, everything has been super sized! Personally we think shearling coats and bomber jackets look amazing when bought in a couple of sizes larger than what you would normally take, just make sure that if you are wearing trousers, that they are well fitted, to balance out the look. Girls, for bomber jackets we recommend shopping in the mens section, the fit is more relaxed !Apart from super sizing your jackets, here are a couple of top tips for winter dressing (for both boys and girls):
Polo necks (turtlenecks in the US): Polo necks are a great way of adding a simple layer to an outfit, you can wear them under anything, jumpers, shirts, dungarees, even t-shirts! There are so many styles and materials you can buy them in, so the opportunities are endless. They can be massive knitted and oversized or they can be made of thin cotton, depending on how you want to wear them.
Layers: We have said it before, but layers really can make such a difference, we layer up on jumpers so we can keep wearing our leather jackets up till Christmas.
Beanies: The head is the part of the body that gives off the most heat, so its good to keep it covered if you want to stay warm, plus they are great for when you cant be bothered to do your hair. Just blame the mess on “hat hair”.
Parka Jackets: Can be worn over everything. The puffier the better, preferably with a large (faux) fur hood. This season, parkas have made reappeared with fur in all different colours and patterns, so don't be afraid to stray from the normal khaki/black/brown combo. Personally we prefer when Parka's end mid thigh, rather than at the waist, as the elasticated waist band can sometimes bunch up and ruin the silhouette.
Skincare: We know that in the summer our skin is under attack from the sun, and if you are old enough, too many late nights and a seemingly endless supply of rosé. We counter this with lots of water and suncream. However the winter can be equally damaging. The cold can massively dry out your face, and more cups of tea and coffee are very dehydrating, which can make you look tired and grey. Invest in a good day time and night time moisturiser, and make sure you drink as much water as you would in the summer.