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We Ask 3 Influencers From Colder Climates How To Dress For Winter

Whether or not lockdown is extended, it’s most likely that our winter socialising will take place outdoors. We may be waving goodbye to cosy pubs with pals, outrageous office Christmas parties and a sweaty New Year’s Eve dance floor but we’ll still take every opportunity we get to see our local loved ones – even if it means a takeaway coffee or mulled wine by the park gates.

This, however, will be a cold affair. Even on winter’s crisp, blue-sky days, the UK is not a place to neglect covering up. Before the pandemic, we spent our time rushing between sweltering public transport, the office and friends’ homes for festive dinners so genuinely warm clothing wasn’t high on our priority list. Now, we’re all too familiar with the bone-chilling cold that seeps in when you’ve been standing outside for more than an hour.

To help us navigate the confusing waters of cool yet cosy style, we asked three women from cold climates (New York, Oslo and Toronto) how to nail outdoors outfits that keep you wrapped up without compromising on personal style. From wool base layers to snow-ready boots, here’s your guide to winter dressing, from the pros who nail it every year.

Mi-Anne Chan, Brooklyn, New York

What’s the one item you can’t get through each winter without?A fluffy puffer that feels like a cloud and doubles as a sleeping bag, pillow and plush cave to hide from your anxieties and expectations! Just don’t drop a lit match on one because it will burn right through the material and you will be very sad (true story).

I got a forest green longline puffer from M Missoni recently and I love it because it doesn’t even have a zipper, it’s basically a large, waterproof bath robe.

What’s your number one styling tip, trick or hack for looking great and staying warm?

The head comprises something like 10% of your total body yet 75% of heat is lost through the head so if you believe in ~science~ you know you have to keep your head warm! I hate wearing hats (and frankly I always lose them) so I’ll wrap a large scarf around my head to keep my ears warm. Scarfs are also customisable so you can wrap it around your head in a tight coil or keep it loose to avoid indentations in your hair. It’s also worth noting that wrapping a scarf around your head instead of opting for a beanie feels 1000% more sophisticated and fancy, especially if you throw on a pair of sunglasses with it.

What should we avoid wearing to stop us feeling like Joey in Friends when he wears all of Chandler’s clothes?

Honestly, if you ask me, let’s embrace that chunky, too-many-layers look! I love going out and looking like a colour bomb—scarfs around my head, mittens falling out of my pockets, sweaters bulging out of my seams. It’s fun and cosy! There’s a way to do it without looking like a sack, like opting for large puffers with belts to break up the bulbous shape (although I like looking like a bulb sometimes). You can also carry a thin puffer (Uniqlo makes great ones that fold up into a little satchel the size of a large fist) with you for extra warmth but minimal baggage.

What’s the cold-weather piece on your wish list for this winter?

Something about investing in a pair of gloves feels so ‘grown up’. Me, a child, can’t fathom shelling out more than £50 on a pair because in all likelihood, I’ll lose one or both in a matter of days. That said, this may be the year I do it. My hands are always cold in the winter, I’m always stuffing them in pockets or curling my arms up inside my sweaters to cup my own boobs for warmth. This might be the year I allow my extremities to fly free in the cold, although I’ll probably never stop cupping my own breasts. It’s very comforting.

Massimo Dutti Oversize Long Down Jacket, $, available at Massimo Dutti
Arket Checked Wool Scarf, $, available at Arket
Whistles Borg Front Mitten, $, available at Whistles

Nnenna Echem, Oslo, Norway

What’s the one item you can’t get through each winter without?

My Timberlands. I live in a cold country so warm and non-slip shoes are a must!

What’s your number one styling tip, trick or hack for looking great and staying warm?

Wool! Just add a wool layer, such as T-shirts, tops and leggings, underneath your pants, skirts, or shirts and blazer to stay warm. I love wearing blazers, so I’ll often style it with a wool turtleneck or a wool T-shirt.

What should we avoid wearing to stop us feeling like Joey in Friends when he wears all of Chandler’s clothes?

There’s no need for excessive layering. Smart layering, as above, is the best way to get you through winter if you want to look stylish.

What’s the cold-weather piece on your wish list for this winter?

Prada’s Brushed Rois leather and nylon boots are on my winter wish list!

Timberland Courmayeur Valley Boot, $, available at Timberland
Everlane The Italian Merino Rib Turtleneck, $, available at Everlane
Ganni Chunky Recycled-Rubber Chelsea Boots, $, available at Matches Fashion

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Rebecca Ramsdale, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

What’s the one item you can’t get through each winter without?

I’m such a hat person and as soon as the weather turns the slightest bit cold, I’m wearing a hat every day. My favourite toque (or beanie if you’re not in Canada) is from the brand Lloyd. They make small batches of hats from recycled knits and fleece, and I’ve bought my two favourite toques from them. If I want a fancy hat then I turn to Bagtazo. Their hats are stunning works of art and often made from wool so they’re still going to do the trick!

What’s your number one styling tip, trick or hack for looking great and staying warm?

Uniqlo Heattech! Under every cute outfit is a full head-to-toe suit of Uniqlo Heattech keeping me warm. They’re super lightweight layers so you never feel too bulky but they’re extremely warm so they make such a difference.

What should we avoid wearing to stop us feeling like Joey in Friends when he wears all of Chandler’s clothes?

The key to this is to layer strategically. Get rid of the bulky long johns you’ve been wearing every winter since you were a teen and layer up with thin pieces that are made in fabrics that will keep you warm. Merino wool pieces are a really great option because brands have found a way to make super thin garments from the wool while maintaining the warmth and moisture wicking properties. I’m also a strong believer in a floor-length coat because then you’re basically covering your entire body in one go and not much thought is needed.

What’s the cold-weather piece on your wish list for this winter?

A cute pair of winter boots! I’m on the hunt for a pair that is the perfect balance of cute and functional so I can walk my dog on a snowy day but also incorporate them into outfits when I’m running errands around the city. As of right now I have my eye on the Diemme Everest Boot in Bright Green.

Norse Projects Beanie Hat, $, available at Good Hood
Uniqlo Women Heattech Jersey Crew Neck Thermal Top, $, available at Uniqlo
Weekday The Ricky Wool Blend Coat, $, available at Weekday

 


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