Great ways to look cool over the festive season

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November 16, 2012 by ginafashionistar

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Now that winter is upon us in the UK, it’s definitely time to start thinking about getting your winter wardrobe in order. The wintertime is packed with opportunities to flaunt your new clothes as well, although no holiday is as important in the fashion world as Christmas. Over the festive period you can don all of the season’s latest trends and styles, and if you have been on the hunt for fashion ideas why not consider some of these:

1)      Knitwear

Knitwear is one of the most obvious choices for the wintertime and it is always a popular trend. However, there will be some rules as to exactly how you wear your knitwear. The Guardian writer Jess Cartner-Morley offers some excellent advice on this season’s latest trend – layered knitwear:

‘Layering knitwear is nothing new, but the modern approach does not involve anything as simple as a twinset in the old sense of crew-neck short-sleeve sweater and matching long-sleeve cardigan. Instead, try a wool tank under a long cardigan, or a knit waistcoat over a pullover’.

For more inspiration on how to wear knitwear for the 2012 autumn/winter season, check out this Pinterest pinboard.

2)      Boots

There are almost an infinite number of boots available, so no matter what kind of boot you’re interested in you will definitely be able to find the pair to suit you. Harper’s Bazaar has a lot to say on the importance of boots, explaining that ‘on chillier days, they make dresses and skirts wearable. They also give polish to jeans and add a down-to-earth feel to more delicate pieces. Boots increase the versatility of your clothes, and every woman should have a pair or two’.

3)      Dresses

Many girls think that dresses ought to be pushed to the back of the wardrobe as soon as the windy weather sets in, so as to avoid any Marilyn Monroe moments. However, you can still enjoy an assortment of dresses throughout this season. Fashion designers know how important it is to stay warm while still enjoying great styles, and so they’re able to create party dresses, skater dresses, peplum dresses and many other kinds of dresses with thicker materials to give you added warmth.

Jess Cartner-Morley has another excellent article on The Guardian explaining rules for winter dressing, and in it she says that ‘In winter, clothes should have sleeves. Most dresses and tops on sale in Britain in winter have short sleeves, which is why we as a nation are obsessed with cardigans. But a long-sleeve top, or long-sleeve dress – if you can find one – looks much smarter and more elegant than a nice dress with a cardie over it’.

4)      Winter coats

They might not be the most fashionable of items, but a winter coat is essential if you don’t want to freeze while out and about. The Telegraph’s fashion column has an excellent article on how to invest in a winter coat, in which Hilary Alexander advises on how to buy a coat that will be practical yet stylish. She advises to steer clear of skin-tight coats, to consider buying two coats that you can match with different outfits, to be willing to take the plunge and invest in a colourful coat, and to buy a coat that you can fasten up properly.

How do you plan on staying stylish this winter?

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