Staying warm and looking good needn’t be mutually exclusive; there are plenty of ways to keep the chill off on temperamental days. Scroll on for the outfit tips we swear by, from the new revolutionary hat brand that’s banishing wet-weather-induced bad hair days to the secret outfit layer fashion editors have been using for years.

Puffers & Quilts

Once a stalwart of ’90s boy band wardrobes, the cocooning, warmth-giving puffer has had a modern makeover of late, with architectural shapes, luxurious fabrics and cooler cuts elevating the look.

If you’re looking for something that will last to take you from weekend walks to school runs and wet commutes, check out Rains. Their Long Puffer Jacket is insulated so will keep you toasty, plus it’s coated in a waterproof PU fabric for rainy days and comes with a peaked hood to ensure you never have a bad (wet-weather-induced) hair day again.

 

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If you’re after something more streamlined, look to quilted pieces. Think of these as the puffer’s more elegant little sister – not quite as robust but will still keep you warm and dry on winter days. Brands such as Ganni and The Frankie Shop have championed the trend with their now cult hero quilted coats. The former, slim-fitting, long and cinched at the waist for a traditional feel; and the latter, cool and contemporary with that boxy shape that’s been spotted all over Instagram.

L’Hood Rain Hats

This revolutionary brand is a must if you have lost countless umbrellas over the years. Who us? Never. L’Hood is essentially an alternative to those plastic bonnets your grandma might have worn way back when. Made from 100% cotton but with a waterproof membrane, these rain hats fold up neatly and ingeniously snap into a band that can be worn on your wrist when you don’t need it, so you’ll never be caught out in the rain again.

On paper, they sound kind of dreadful, but they actually look pretty cool, and it’s no wonder as the brand has been co-founded by former fashion journalist Carolyn Asome, fashion designer David Szeto and hair stylist Elliot Taylor. Choose from heritage-inspired prints like Windsor Check or more contemporary finishes like the monochrome checkerboard, and you’ll never have to pack your brolly again.

Shop the full collection at www.l-hood.com

Base Layers

For days when it’s really chilly, add warmth with some well-thought-out wardrobe foundations. Choose fine weaves in long-sleeved T-shirts, polonecks and leggings in high-tech fabrics – Skims and Sweaty Betty are great if you’re after a luxe finish – but high street stores M&S and Uniqlo do great snug base layers in their Heatgen and HeatTech lines respectively.

Hide them under your regular look or work these winter warmers into your outfit. For example, a fine black polo neck can look great layered under a denim or oversized white shirt and paired with leather trousers for extra toastiness.

Hidden Layer

The Frankie Shop’s Devon Vest in rich burgundy not only looks great peeking out beneath a tough oversized leather jacket, but it will add an extra layer of warmth on really chill days.

Ever wondered how the style set brave bare legs in winter? It’s this. Uniqlo’s ultra-lightweight, slim-fit Compact Vest is so slender it can be worn under a shacket, blazer or sandwiched between your outfit and a winter coat for an added layer of warmth. It uses the brand’s signature quilted puffer-down tech to keep your core heated, yet it’s so lightweight that it can be scrunched up and popped in your bag when you’re not using it.

We also love a more design-led gilet poking out beneath a leather jacket or a winter coat – think The Frankie Shop’s rich burgundy Devon design or Boden’s Quilted Vest in dusky rose.

Raincoats

For raincoats that are a. legitimately waterproof and b. actually stylish, look to brands like Barbour who do some really cool collaborations with the likes of Alexa Chung and Ganni; Rains (again); and even high street store Zara who, this season, have launched a water and windproof mac with a rubberised finish in a very good modish cut and sumptuous creamy colour palette.

Cosy Boots

From French fashion house, Chloé’s collaboration with Moon Boot to Sorel’s explorer boots that can keep feet warm and dry even in temperatures as low as -40, cosy boots are everywhere this season.

Top of our wish list has to be Inuikii’s Classic Suede pair with their plush shearling lining and chic tonal suede panels – ideal for the slopes but just as good in the city with an oversized puffer and leather skinnies.

And yes, the 00’s Ugg has made a return too, and whether you remember them the first time around å la Sienna Miller or you’ve recently spotted them all over TikTok, love them or loathe them, there is no denying, they are damn cosy.

 

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One of fashion’s ultimate Marmite pieces returns this season: the 00’s Ugg. Whether you remember them the first time around å la Sienna Miller or you’ve recently spotted them all over TikTok, there is no denying, they are damn cosy.

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