How can you look smart and stylish whilst staying nice and cosy?
That is the question I am always asked prior to any Winter wedding or special event during the colder months. It’s true, it’s a lot harder to dress stylishly whilst staying warm but thanks to many retailers, there are now lots of options for layering up and still looking fabulous. Rain, gales and sub zero temperatures forecast throughout the colder months means you can’t just throw a light jacket over your shoulders – and it’s almost impossible to recycle a dress worn for a summer occasion. Even if warmth wasn’t the issue, summer pastels might not be quite right for the event you are attending.
It may seem as though endless layers are the answer but you may spend the event looking like the over inflated michelin man which isn’t the look anyone wants to go for! Instead, opt for a coat that’s immaculately tailored so it doesn’t appear bulky over your chosen outfit. One of my new favourites that I am completely smitten with is this check long wrap coat from Ted Baker. The bold colours paired with the statement checked print means you will be able to maintain a stylish demeanour on the dreariest of days let alone during a smart Winter occasion. The cosy wrap silhouette and the cinched in waist appear slimming, whilst the structured shoulders ensure the look is elegant. The high quality of the item will mean it will last year after year and will become your go to for all smart Winter occasions.
A Winter occasion is a great opportunity for you to branch out of your comfort zone. For me, I like to try something different whilst still maintaining an element of my signature style. This check coat allows me to do just that since the bold print and darker colour is something I would never normally go for but its structured style and the pink running through it pulls the entire look together, leaving the outfit looking effortlessly feminine. I’ve accessorised with super feminine details to make the look even more ‘me’!
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Of course, choosing a statement coat isn’t everyones style. If you are adamant you want to show off the beautiful outfit underneath, opt for a dress that has long sleeves. When it comes to smart occasions, Ted Baker are one of the first retailers I look to since their attention to detail and original designs are exquisite.
This floral pleated dress from Ted Baker is a beautiful option as not only is it suitable for both work and play, but the high neck and sheer long sleeves means you won’t be exposing quite so much skin to the nippy temperatures! It also means a thermal can be hidden underneath. (I’m sure you all know by now how obsessed I am with thermals throughout the Winter!). Though the design captures a floral pattern, it is very much suited for a Winter occasion due to it’s darker hues; yet the navy feels refreshingly light with its frill neckline and pleated skirt.
Why not embrace the winter hues and pair the two-in-one design with black tights for extra warmth as well. I love that the dress features both florals and pleats, ticking off two trends in one.
When considering an outfit for your Winter occasion, it’s important to also consider what accessories you are going to pair with it. If you still feel like you will be shivering, opt for a faux fur stole to pop around your neck or you could even take it to the next level with a faux fur or cashmere shawl. This type of accessory is perfect for keeping warm during your special Winter event and will instantly lend a touch of old hollywood glamour to your outfit creating a luxe touch to all occasion ensembles.
I’ve chosen to pair my outfit with a boxy light grey bag as the bow detail feels fun giving the outfit a playful edge while it’s rose gold detail is not only a beautiful feminine touch, but it gives a touch of luxury to the entire outfit. The attention to detail turns an elegant outfit into a sophisticated and more polished one.
Since it is a special occasion, why not add a spot of sparkle to the outfit. Finished in soft-to-touch pink velvet, these heels play host to an opulent jewel and pearl cluster at the front ensuring that you add a touch of sparkle to your look. Thanks to the embellished cluster detail, these shoes have serious Manolo Blahnik vibes which instantly creates a luxe look for less.
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Coat by Ted Baker
Dress by Ted Baker
Shoes by Ted Baker
Bag by Ted Baker