Cold weather can feel like a wardrobe test. The priority is to stay warm and dry, but what about keeping it chic? From monogrammed tights to supersized proportions, or ditching the coat altogether – here’s a recap of the best cold weather street style trends to inspire your look as temperatures plummet.
Wear hosiery, but make it high fashion
There is such a thing as haute hosiery, as proven by Dutch model Marjan Jonkman (above). Obviously, we’d all love to coordinate our thermals with a monogrammed handbag, but when it’s heading towards sub-zero (and payday seems so very far away) an eye-catching pair of logo tights can definitely be justified according to the cost-per-wear test.
The tweed suit has cast off its fusty rep (think Charlotte Rampling rather than Withnail and I), and been remixed with asymmetric cuts, ruling the pavements in Paris during couture week. Wear your tailored countrified pairing with tennis sneakers and a chunky cream roll-neck.
Go big or go home
2019 is poised to make exaggerated silhouettes and enormous-cum-elegant proportions the next big thing. Whether you’re staying wrapped in a quilt from bed to office with a calf-grazing puffer, cuddling up in an XXL shearling on the commute, or working large-scale art prints en route to weekend brunch, your strongest style asset right now is the ingenuity to think big.
Ditch the coat altogether
When winter feels never ending it’s easy to get sick of chunky coats (even that caramel shearling, which last August you promised yourself and your mortgage lender was the only piece you’d ever need). Sometimes, even the most perfect purchases get tiresome. The street stylist’s solution: give the puffer a break and layer knit sweaters beneath a sculpting leather belt.
Lighten up your denim
It’s easy to get caught in the trap of dark denim during winter. System magazine co-founder Elizabeth von Guttman’s (above) pale denim wardrobe, however, has inspired us to swerve shades of indigo until the return of milder weather.
Work eveningwear in daylight hours
Your latest reason to love Susie Lau’s (above) style? Her knack for making disco-ready pieces work during the day. The trailing earrings and lamé slip dress that you stashed away during Dry January now deserve a daytime outing.
Use optimistic colour to your style advantage
Cold-pressed veggie juices aren’t quite as fun as the kick you can get from a vitamin C-packed wardrobe. Immunity against winter weariness begins with bright beetroot, orange and ginger colour pairings.
Switch to earth tones
The teddy bear coat is (still) king when cold weather rolls in. Your update? Invest in coordinating chocolate brown accessories for a head start on spring 2019’s all-out obsession with earth tones.
Get creative with warming headgear
Whether you’re wearing a neat silk scarf or keeping your ears under the cover of a bucket hat, make like superstar models Adesuwa Aighewi and Adut Akech (above) with winter 2019’s answer to the beanie.
Do faded floral prints
There’s something about mid-winter that makes even the most classic style cues freshly appealing. Dior’s spring/summer 2019 couture show in Paris attracted die-hard fans of the fashion house’s painterly florals – seen here on supermodel Natalia Vodianova (above).
Adopt acid-washed layering
You’ve read Vogue’s rundown of the trends to note for spring/summer 2019. The problem? It’s far too cold to even look at a tie-dye tee or billowing cotton dress right now. The solution? Acid-washed denim. The Eighties favourite jeans (seen at Eckhaus Latta, Proenza Schouler and Aalto) are back, and they work particularly well with spiky kitten-heel or chunky hiking boots for when the chill sets in.