The cold doesn’t seem to be shifting and it is certainly putting us in shift mode for our winter wardrobes. The warm versus style ratio seemed to be comfortably balanced during December but now January has decided to turn Arctic, we need to up the warm ratio. Here’s COSSAC’s guide on how to stay warm and stay stylish this January.
1 – Layering but staying minimal
The problem with the cold is we will naturally want to throw on about 100 hundred layers of clothing to keep the cold out. This can at times throw-off and ruin the sleek and well-curated minimal outfit you so desperately want to wear. So how do you layer your minimalist outfit? We've taken some inspiration from our Pinterest to help.
Let’s start with the undies. Instead of thinking not quite all together think, all over coverage. A pair of wooly tights under your skinny jeans or wide trousers can subtly add a few extra degrees of warmth to any outfit and reduce the drafty feeling of the cold on your skin. If you add a pair of socks to the equation too you can still wear your favourite, heeled ankle boots without resorting to your thicker walled flats to keep your toes toasty.
Oversized is in at the moment. Any oversized garment has plenty of room for some secret layering. Not just wide legged trousers but also over sized shirts and tees. A few secret camisole layers can be camouflaged underneath a oversized shirt or polo and do wonders for your snuggle factor. COSSAC high neck top is perfect for this task.
As for the rest of the outfit, minimalist style is all about the clean lines and minimal palette. A large overcoat can flawlessly disguise a few layers underneath that can be quickly slipped off with the jacket when you sit down to your coffee, for example a long knit cardigan or a vintage denim oversized shirt. The joys of spending time curating a capsule wardrobe is you won’t need to worry about the colour mis-matching of your garments as you’ve already curated the best mix’n’match selection you can.
2 – Warming accessories - Chunky knit obsession
Surprisingly a bag can be your most warming accessory. In there you can hide your gloves, hat and scarf for those moments when you want to unwrap yourself in a spot of sunshine or wrap up on an icy pavement.
The hat should be knitted this season, and the scarf, in fact the bigger and bolder the knit accessory the better. Chunky knit is the way forward and adds a great detailing to a sleek outfit. The extra great news is you can do this yourself. Cold January evenings make for excellent opportunities to learn to knit and make your own chunky accessories and you don’t have to spend money on high street versions. Check out Simply Maggie for some arm knitting tutorials (no needles required).
3 – Where to warm up in London
As for staying warm, well London has no end of cosy, independent tea and coffee stops to warm you up when walking from A to B. Some of our favourite spots for a well brewed caffeine kick are, Fernandez and Wells, Notes and Monmouth coffee.
Stay warm everyone and check out COSSAC's collection for some more capsule wardrobe inspiration x