What She Wears: Cold Weather

January 31, 2011

Daily Digest

What She Wears: Cold Weather

There’s something about cold weather that gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. Maybe it’s the fact that, in Ireland, one gets to sit by open fires with a hot chocolate (or sometimes even a hot port or whiskey) and on the very rare occasion, watch the snow fall outside from the cosy comforts of  indoors.

So, to keep all your body parts warm once you do go outside, it’s worth putting some thought into a “cold weather outfit”, when the last thing you want is to be miserable with the cold.

Trinny Woodhall, of Trinny and Susannah fame, is my inspiration for this outfit. She paired her winter coat with black to-the-knee boots, a deer stalker hat and added a splash of colour with a pink scarf.

Winter is associated with dark, bland colours,so a great way of adding some fashionable flair to your outfit is to add interesting details with a fabulous pair of boots, colourful scarf, or bag.

Padded, puffas and parkas

A padded jacket may not be the most flattering of coat shapes, but it’s definitely the warmest.  There are plenty of styles in the shops right now – you can choose between a long sleeping bag style or a shorter “jacket” length. I’d love to have this black quilted puffa jacket from Burberry (€486.50 pictured) but alas a puffa from Benetton (€150) is more in my price range while Zara do puffa coats well year in, year out.

It’s also true that the colder the weather gets, the harder it is to stay chic and a few years ago it was hard to imagine puffas in this category. Luckily, puffa coats are now more streamlined; hence the Michelin Man look  is no longer necessary.  I love the fake fur trim on the hoods of some parka jackets too- a la Fearne Cotton (pictured).

Wool Jumper

Under your coat you can add layers of clothes – there is nothing warmer than wool and nothing thinner than cashmere wool, so this is a time to invest in some wool or cashmere jumpers, cardigans and polo necks if you haven’t done so already. Ladies with short necks be warned though, as polo necks are not for you (they make your neck look even shorter) – you should opt for cowl neck jumpers instead.


Thermal underwear may sound fuddy duddy but can be your saviour for the exceptionally cold spells when you have to be outside. Vests, long johns and socks are all carefully secluded under the rest of your clothes. Both Topshop and Marks & Spencers have good ranges.

Thermal can be trendy too; just  think long sleeve granddad tops  (like the one pictured from Next, £18, €21 which comes in charcoal or ivory). 

Hence, should the log fire get too hot once you get indoors, if you do feel the need to strip off your layers, you’ll still look the pretty part!

What cold weather gear will you be wearing this winter?

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  1. Ask the Stylist: Puffa
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  4. What She Wears: Work Wear
  5. Accessory Alert: Snoods
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10 Responses to “What She Wears: Cold Weather”

  1. Sara Says:

    You think we’re bad? NYC gets real snow, even Catherine Zeta Jones wears a puffa – not sure about the knitted leggings though! http://url.ie/4ecd

  2. Lizzy K Says:

    I’ve been looking everywhere for a knee-length black padded coat, I saw the Benetton ones but looking for one a bit smarter (without a hood / fur) to wear over work suit… seen anything like this anyone? Also, there are some gorgeous knits in Massimo Dutti at the minute – cashmere v-necks and chunky cross-over woolie cardigans. They’re a little pricey but good quality and should be good value in the sales (there’s a MD in Dundrum, not sure where else – other than Spain where there’s one on every corner :-)
    Merry Christmas! (from the office, boo)

  3. Annemarie Says:

    Thanks for the tips on knitwear Lizzie K, didnt know that! Have you tried House of Fraser for your knee length smart padded coat? They have a great sale at the mo and at the designer end you’ve got ones by Kenneth Cole http://short.ie/nm46qj and Max Mara to their own brands like Linea. Check out http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/ or call their personal shopper in House of Fraser Dundrum on 01-2991400 and ask whether it’s worth making a (free) appointment to check them out. They are sure to have more suggestions too. Good luck and let us know if you find what you’re after!

  4. Homi Brown Says:

    Hi excellent content there. keep it up.I honestly love to read your blog.Last of all have nice day

  5. Annemarie Says:

    Lizzie K, I found this and thought of you: The North Face do parka coats with and without the fur on hood, and in 5 different colours! http://eu.thenorthface.com/tnf-eu-en/women-s-metropolis-parka.html?colour=592

  6. Trent Renken Says:

    So very glad I found this truly great site

  7. Lauri @ Benetton Place Says:

    Hi, just stopped by doing some research for my Benetton site. Lots of information out there. Not quite what i was looking for, but good site. Cya later.


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