What better excuse to shun those salads and enjoy some good hearty comfort food than the onset of winter? But while we’re all for forgiving ourselves those few extra pounds, what we won’t settle for are clothes that add the look of bulk when it’s not really there! Join the winter wardrobe revolution and slim down your winter style, without compromising on warmth. Goodbye bulges, hello snuggly-but-slim silhouette!
Start with some clever basics
Two words: thermal underwear. Before you scoff that it’s only for old men and skiing holidays, let us tell you a little bit about the joys of this cosy insulating layer. It’s sleek, it’s super-comfy, it looks good (seriously, thermals have come a long way and you can now get a great range of colours, styles and trims) and you can eliminate a chunky outer layer by wearing it under your clothes.
Think chunky cable knit cardigans are the only way to guarantee that freezing wind doesn’t get you? You need to meet the fine knit. One will keep you goosebump-free but layer them up and you’ll be toastier than a chunky style could ever get you. What’s more, you’ll dodge the Michelin Man-esque bodyshape, too. Thin but cosy cashmere jumpers are another great alternative to bulky women’s jumpers.
Top off a slimmed-down silhouette by cinching in your waist with a belt. Medium-width belts are best, as they’ll balance out the layers better than a skinny style.
You may have created the perfect streamlined winter outfit, but all your handiwork will go to waste if you cover up in a chunky shapeless coat! The best ones emphasise your waist, and are slim on the arms. The leather-look sleeved parka here is perfect with its drawstring waist, and the contrasting sleeves and body avoid that boxy look by defining the torso.
Treat your feet (and hands)
Winter-proof your feet and avoid getting dry, chapped hands by grabbing a good pair of gloves and some luxurious socks. Leather gloves are the ideal practical and stylish choice, while fleece-lined socks are perfect for avoiding numb toes. If you’re opting for boots or wellies, fur-trimmed boot socks are big news thanks to AW13′s penchant for the luxurious trend.