How to Ace Your Winter Look in 6 Easy Steps

Winter fashion doesn't fill everyone with joy. Tights are many a girl's frenemies and layering can sometimes feel too complex to even bother with at 7 a.m. But there are pleasurable takeaways one can indulge in when the temperatures start to plummet and when being warm as well as put-together is a high priority.

As we head into the winter months it's imperative to be all Girl Scout about it and feel prepared—no one wants to go wild at that the last minute and make panic purchases on a sub-zero day. So here are the winter fashion things we enjoy, relish, love to shop and get going with. Call us eager, but there's something about this time of year that makes us want to jump headfirst into knitwear and cocoon our way to sartorial success. So, if you're a cold-weather fanatic (in which case, you should totally check out how Russia's fashion girls keep their cool) or you absolutely loathe this season and find yourself suffering from fashion sadness, we've got you (literally) covered. 

Keep reading to see and shop the winter fashion essentials every girl needs when the freeze forces its way in…


Winter Fashion Essential #1: A Killer Coat
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Style Notes: There's just no debating it, nothing punches cold weather in the face quite like an incredible, statement-making piece of outerwear. So we're talking about way more than your average grey woollen Crombie here—think leopard print, bright red, ruffles, giant belts… Whatever your penchant, explore it in the coat department.


Winter Fashion Essential #2: Thin-But-Effective Layers
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Style Notes: If accidentally channelling the Michelin Man is your biggest fashion fear, then know that there are lightweight, super-fine warm options when it comes to layering. Our pick? Always Uniqlo HeatTech


Winter Fashion Essential #3: LOADS of Warm Accessories
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Style Notes: From pom-pom covered hats to striped Where's Wally scarves, we're always keen on investing in cosy-but-eye-catching extras that can update last year's reliable pieces. Also, we are prone to losing said items so it's best to buy affordable pieces and not spend the winter in mourning.


Winter Fashion Essential #4: Your Take on Tights
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Style Notes: Maybe you detest them (in which case, we'd highly recommend you check out this new high-tech brand that has produced the comfiest tights ever), but maybe you'll be such a hosiery aficionado that experimenting with this season's low-denier, fishnet and patterned styles seem like a doddle. 


Winter Fashion Essential #5: Feel-Good Knitwear
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Style Notes: We've all got the boring bobbled navy jumpers that hibernate in the backs of our closets waiting for a just-too-chilly-to-care Sunday, but there's something to be said for a really great knitted number or two. As sweater-dressing is increasingly at the forefront of designers' minds, you've a plethora of tempting options to try out—from head-to-toe matching sets to iconic motif sweaters.


Winter Fashion Essential #6: Working Out Your Boot Situation
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Style Notes: Maybe you're an A-line skirt and knee-high boots girl all winter long. Perhaps you can't bear to be torn away from your jeans. It's good to work out what you feel most comfortable in 24/7 and work out your hemline-to-closed-toe-shoe ration. Whatever you do, just make sure there's no skin on show and that you do opt for boots rather than courts, for example. Brr.

Now that you've got your winter fashion staples sorted, check out what's new in stores this week.

Hannah Almassi
Editor in Chief

Hannah Almassi is the Editor in Chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was headhunted to launch the UK sister site and social channels, implement a localised content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 16 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times, The Telegraph and, among many others. Hannah is often called upon for her take on trends, becoming known as a person with their finger of the pulse of what’s happening in the fashion space for stylish Brits. Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy son and highly Instagrammable cat.