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Winter Style Bible

Adam Lawler tells you how to bring the heat in the coldest winter since 1963.

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R.I.P. Autumn: you won’t be missed! We are now entering the most exciting season for style. Wintertime means it’s time to whip out your 16oz jeans and pop the collar on your most angular pea coat. It’s time to style it out!

While cable-knit cardigans, cashmere sweaters and Aran jumpers are in, it may not be necessary to go totally mad on the chunky knits because as long as you have clothes in your wardrobe, you are set for the cold winter ahead. The joy of winter style lies in layers. It’s fun to play with texture to create visual interest in your outfit. For example, try mixing your tweed with cotton, your wool with corduroy, and keep your most textured layers to outerwear.

The joy of winter style lies in layers. It’s fun to play with texture to create visual interest in your outfit.

Remember that the more clothes, the more chance of a faux pas. If your shirt does not fit you like a glove, the lumps in your jumper will show it. Fit is essential. Your coat needs to be big enough to accommodate layers yet still provide a flattering silhouette.

It is important to keep colours consistent and to avoid monotony by mixing darker tones. You’ll find that to be essential on those gloomy days. With all those greys and blacks you might fade into the overcast background of the drab December days yet to come.

Autumnal earth tones such as burnt orange and forest green are still in play and this season they are joined by staples of navy, black, and grey. With all this ember flare you will find yourself limiting your dark colours and tones to shoes, suits, and leather.

Take care not to go overboard with patterns by balancing loud designs with plain ones. In the crisp daytime of these winter months you can finish off any look with a patterned hat, scarf and a warm fuzzy pair of socks as accent pieces if you fancy. In these minus temperatures you can’t go wrong with a Henley shirt or a striking pair of Chinos topped with a waterproof Parka when the rain clouds burst. With a chambray and a bit of burgundy in the mix you will stay warm and fashionable through till February.

These are the absolute basics that will keep you stylish no matter the current trends, but don’t be afraid to invest in statement pieces: chokers, pinstripe suiting, and chunky Bowie-inspired boots are in this season. Be aware though that they have a sell-by date. If you follow this guide you are guaranteed to keep it lit and if all else fails keep it neutral, but never basic.