My Winter Uniform

I thought you guys might be intrigued as to what I'm wearing now the cold has set into the very core of our bones. It's easy to fall into the trap of dark plain looks to match accordingly with the weather, one might call this pathetic fashacy!? The question is, how does one attempt to look sassy but also stay snug when the frost bites? I have a little formula that tends to keep things fun and colourful to completely contradict the weather man, and a sassy outfit can make even the dullest of days feel brighter right?

I tend to stick to a sort of 'uniform' when it comes to putting together outfits day-to-day in the chillier months. This consists of jeans, chunky knits and brogues or boots. I like keeping the foundation of my look fairly neutral using creams, greys, blacks and autumnal tones that will generally go with any combination in my wardrobe. I have found this super chunky knit from Zara a real winner. It's also as soft as a bunny rabbit's tootsie. Don't forget to add a turtleneck underneath for extra warmth if needed. Paired with some American Apparel mom jeans and black socks n' brogues, we have our foundation sorted.

We can now move on to the outer layers, this is where things get exciting! With keeping our under-layers neutral we can make our coats statement. My coat collection includes a plethora of patterns and textures: faux furs to fleeces and teddys to trenches. The second the coat goes on, the outfit is transformed from a wee caterpillar to a butterfly. I picked up this electric blue pure wool wonder in Sue Ryder for £15, the quality is second to none, and the pleats in the sleeve and padded shoulders help give us the nod to the 80's we all need and love. I thought I'd add a juxtaposing pop of pink/red in this vintage scarf to add a little extra something!

One last thing! This little vintage leather bag is my new favourite thing ever, it's like a mini briefcase with this handle at the top, but can also be worn across the body too. I'd say keep an eye out in charity shops and particularly vintage shops for little leather numbers like this. I was mindful I wanted a handle as well as a longer strap so I could mix things up when I needed. I found this one in Salvation Army and I'm pretty sure this won't be leaving my side for the next 1000 years!