Hot on the heels of Storm Eleanor, there’s no doubt in my mind that winter is thoroughly upon us and it’s more than difficult to leave the house without looking somewhat akin to the Michelin man. Praise be for a season where the duvet coat/puffer jacket is actually on-trend. As somebody that leaves the house early each morning to adventure with a dog and somebody that regularly hotfoots it in and out on multiple meeting, errand and gym runs, I’d like to think I’ve somewhat nailed my cold-weather essentials.
The Teddy Coat
After a painstaking search for my dream teddy coat for winter, I was finally rewarded on my sixth purchase with the perfect fit. And now I just have to share the dream findings. The teddy coat is a plush, cosy option for the chillier months. Mine’s made from a faux shearling fabric and has a notched lapel to the front (keeps it a little more polished and less bear-like) as well as two deep pockets. Oh, the pockets! Worn with anything from a tee, jeans and boots to a jumper, leather-look leggings and trainers, it adds an instant dose of fashion edge to any off-duty look. I reach for mine more days than not and find that it’s oh so cosy. For petite girls with a similar smart-casual wardrobe to mine, this Stradivarius one is the one I have. For those a little taller, try this Warehouse one.
The Hunter Boots
My red Hunter boots are somewhat of a main character in my Stories from around the end of September onwards… and for good reason. They pretty much accompany me every single morning as I traipse outdoors to walk Milo and they’re so comfy and warm too. If you ever wondered why people drop the cash on Hunters, this, is why.
The Touchscreen Gloves
Come winter, you’ll rarely find me without touchscreen gloves shoved in my handbag or coat pocket. The perfect companion to a cold millennial’s day, they’re milled with little fibres in the fingertips that allow you to continue perfecting your selfie game or replying to Tweets even when it’s freezing out. My favourite pairs are from MUJI.
For Christmas, my boyfriend surprised me with the Newt Scamander vintage Hufflepuff scarf! #boydidgood And I’m a huge fan of a scarf in the milder months. For days when you’re in and out of buildings, a T-shirt, coat and scarf is the ideal get-up for staying warm without roasting and overheating as soon as you step into a shop. (Or another building. I just like shopping.) I like them draped fetchingly across the neck and shoulder, none of that tuck-into-the-loop this season.
The Rib Knit Jumper
My Orson jumper by Sezane is one of my most reached-for pieces this winter. Just a touch oversized and in a directional panelled rib knit design, it has these cute balloon sleeves and pointelle seams that are so easy to wear. I wear mine with culottes, knitted midi skirts and jeans, and it’s easy to take care of too. Similar, more affordable versions include this Honey + Chai one, this one from New Look and this Topshop one.
The Chic Thermals
Ever since my oh-my-god-frozen trip to Seoul in the winter of 2016, I’ve sworn by having these Uniqlo tops in my repertoire. Their HeatTech range (and coordinating AirTech range) is designed to keep body heat in in a lightweight fit, making the pieces ideal to slip on underneath your usual outfits. I’ve got the nude cami and the dark grey long sleeve tee, which are ideal for boosting warmth on those extra-chilly days.
The Magic Cream
When I first reviewed this product, I wrote that it was a dreamy night cream because it was so generously thick. Fast forward a year and I can confirm that my skin drinks this up day and night with amazing results. The Magic Cream by Charlotte Tilbury is, quite literally, magic.
Whipped to a light mousse texture, it uncovers a beautiful, soft-lit radiance in the complexion after applying it overnight or provides constant moisture throughout the day when worn underneath makeup. I’ve switched to using this as my daytime moisturiser now — it’s cruelty-free, too! — and my skin has never looked greater!
The Balm (Dotcom)
Finally, I couldn’t finish a winter essentials post without including Glossier’s Balm Dotcom. Cruelty-free and somewhat of a millennial cult product, this product is an absolute dream for those who also have perennially chapped lips like me. I slather a coat on in the morning whilst getting ready and it honestly melts away dry flaky skin and leaves my lips feeling soft, plump and comfortable. I use the Birthday Balm Dotcom which smells incredible and also has a subtle iridescent finish, but the Coconut version is currently sat in my basket ready to be bought 😉