Now that temperatures are starting to drop and summer is a distant memory, it’s time to think about getting cozy at home and treating yourself to some new purchases for the pre-Christmas season. Extra layers are a must for guarding against the winter chill, and there are also small things that you can do to make your home feel warm and welcoming. Here’s our essential guide, in partnership with John Lewis, for staying warm, both indoors and out this winter.
When it comes to adding atmosphere to your home, fragrance can make the world of difference. Jo Malone’s pine and eucalyptus candle is the perfect for creating a welcoming aroma and is wonderfully befitting of this time of year – it brings the wintery outdoors indoors (only inside it’s nice and toasty).
Lighting can also have a transformative effect. Bright overhead lights can be harsh and lack a sense of coziness, so instead look for lighting that can be placed on or around furnishings or doorways and feel less imposing. Fairy lights are ideal as not only are they festive but they give a wonderful twinkling glow which captures your attention and is perfect for parties. If stringing them on the walls and windows seems a bit too premature for you then a little creativity can work wonders – add them to a bowl or vase, like this atmospheric, cracked design.
When it’s dark and dull outside it’s good to bring a little bit of cheeriness into your home in the form of colour. When looking for inspiration, consider warmer tones traditional for the season such as reds and oranges, avoiding blues that can feel coldness. Nordic-style throws and knitted cushions add depth because they are heavy, tactile fabrics while slogans on cushions, such as ‘’Baby it’s cold out there’’ are small reminders that it’s tempting to be snuggled up indoors.
The essential, must-have jacket for colder weather is the parka – it’s effortlessly cool, practical and so easy to wear. Autumn/Winter 2013 is established as the season of rebelliousness and punk, ensuring checks and tartans look super on-trend. You can stay ahead of the style crowd by investing in a Barbour tartan scarf that will not only protect you against the elements but will tick the right trend boxes too. A knitted dress is a wonderfully easy way to stay glamorous and comfortable in winter – we’ll be teaming ours with thick woollen tights to hold off the chill. In terms of footwear, get ready for the return of Dr. Martens and its refined collection for women. A smaller sole and a more fitted shape, available in patent and velvet, will make Dr. Martens the must have footwear of the season. Finally, in terms of handbags the Cambridge Satchel still makes a classic statement. The tan is sure to complement all your new winter purchases.
For men, the jacket of the season is most certainly quilted and cut to the hip. Team with a Nordic-intarsia chunky knit that looks perfect in cold weather and will keep you warm and toasty. For footwear, invest in proper utilitarian boots – the more rugged and distressed the better. Oh and Gentlemen, please don’t overlook the importance of colour when it comes to feeling cheery, even when the weather isn’t. Finish your look with a splash of colour in the form of a statement scarf.
Let’s not forget the Autumn/Winter trends for the smaller people in our lives. For the girls, it’s the revival of the old school duffle coat in bright and cheerful colours. The longer the jacket the more protective from the cold, so seek out one that ends at the knee. Team it with novelty gloves that they’ll want to keep on and keep ears protected from the cold with Ugg earmuffs.
For boys, the look is all about mini-me – the little boy who wants to be like Daddy. Give him his own version of the quilted jacket and let him be a touch rebellious with a skull & crossbones trapper hat, with added earflaps for protection against the cold and a fleece lining. Novelty skull & crossbones flip gloves will leave little fingers free to play when needed, but the extra flap means they can be closed up into mittens when things get too cold.