Winter is upon us and whilst the weather may not be on our side, fashion certainly is. Whether its’ a crisp Autumn day or a cosy night by the fire, the winter months are the one time where its’ okay to over indulge in accessories. We’ve teamed up with luxury fashion retailers Jules B to put together a list of the hottest designer essentials you should be stocking up on this season. Everything else can go on to the Christmas wishlist…
Needless to say, we have a lot more to carry in the colder months. Emergency woollies, an umbrella, a spare hairbrush to combat the ‘wind tunnel’ weather and a few add-ons to take us from ‘office geek’ into ‘after-work drinks’ chic’ – so what better way to transport you wares than in a stylish bag fit for all your compartmental space-defying needs!
For ladies, the Marc Jacobs ‘Selma’ bag is having quite a moment in the limelight taking pride of place among the Hermes Birkin, Chanel 2.55 and Mulberry ‘Alexa’ as THE must-have staple piece. This simple rectangle coach bag has a structured trapeze shape which is featured in a variety of sizes, colours and fabrics to meet the needs – and tastes- of the wearer. Equipped with a satchel style strap to be worn over the shoulder or two reinforced handles to carry in style with the Michael Kors logo subtly placed across the front, the Selma bag is a super chic way to carry your life around; especially when featured in classic black or Autumnal burgundy.
If something more contemporary looking is what you’re looking for Armani Jeans’ soft leather totes, an Alexander Wang leather backpack or Vivienne Westwood’s textured bowling bags are a great way to make your bag the centerpiece of your outfit. As for accommodating an evening or the work Christmas party, forget fussy clutches. The micro-bag is back and the glamorous shoulder bag versions are new way to go. Chanel, Charlotte Olympia and Lulu Guiness have been spear-heading the trend with ornately decorated clutches equipped with chain straps so you can sling your purse over your shoulder when the dance floor starts calling. Small enough to not be a burden yet big enough for your important bits (hand mirror, lipstick, credit card and keys respectively) these perfect party bags have just the right dose of grown-up kitsch. Our favourites include the Vivienne Westwood metallic clutch which is perfect for the party season, the versatile Alexander McQueen Black Simple Fold Shoulder Bag and the glossy berry-hued Armani Jeans chain strap shoulder bag which is subtly festive.
Guys have plenty of choice too. Those myths of the ‘Joey bag’ are way outdated as the holdall, the backpack and the satchel have integrated into every modern man’s wardrobe with ease. A chic leather Naptha satchel by Hugo Boss makes a real sophisticated statement whilst the sturdy holdall’s by Paul Smith and Barbour are designed to perfection – and great for carrying your gym kit.
Part of the joy of Autumn is stocking up on snuggly winter accessories like hats, scarves and gloves knowing that your future self will thank you once those cold winter nights creep in. The other part is the scope they give you to play with your look in a way you just can’t in the summer.
Women are spoiled for choice this season with a range of pashminas, silk patterned and sheer scarves by the likes of Vivienne Westwood, McQ by Alexander McQueen and German label Oska which can be worn with dresses and sweaters for a creative and artistic look. To keep things a little cosier, Barbour’s tartan print soft knitwear offers a traditional countryside feel. However, if you want something a little more glamourous, faux fur is the way to go. Instantly transforming a plain jacket into A-List territory, Jules B offer a range of collars, scarves and snoods in colours you can experiment with until your heart is content. Pair with a fur hairband, fur lined leather gloves or ear-muffs and you’re sure to stay toasty all season!
For the fellas, think of your scarf as an outdoor tie. It’s your chance to add a splash of colour to your outfit that can be changed and updated as you please. Stripes, checks and tartan are at hand via London designer Paul Smith, Hugo Boss and Barbour. Pair with your own luxury leather driving gloves and your look is instantly updated and worthy of a men’s editorial.
The saviour of the bad hair day; a decent winter hat will see you through the season if you choose well. As evident in numerous fashion spreads and ad campaigns, the ‘Winter Huntsman’ look is in. Thick chunky knits, Scandinavian influences and innovative outdoor materials have replaced flimsy beanies and indie fedora’s for menfolk. Paul Smith and Fred Perry infuse pattern and colour into their traditional bobble hats whilst Barbour and Napapijri (Italian crafted, Norwegian influenced brand) favour heavy duty cable knits in neutral shades. When worn with shearling and layers, this is one look which could thaw a glacier and better still, it’s unisex!
Ladies can choose from cable knits and softer pom pom wool hats this season for a cosy feminine look by Helene Berman or Gebeana with subtle jewelled beanies by Markus Lupfer. The good news for nostalgia fans is that the 1970s luxe look is back so a felt fedora (we love Gestuz’ version) is sure to create a stunning dramatic look too!
Don’t be fooled into thinking that sunglasses are only for the summer. UVA and UVB rays are present all year round even through cloud cover and you should always keep your peepers protected. Much in the way you are encouraged to use sun screen even in winter or cloud cover, wearing sunglasses at these times can also prevent serious and irreversible damage to your eyes. For every grey day where you might not need your sunnies, there is a clear and crisp day with extremely low and bright sunlight ready to blindside you! Wear when driving or during the brighter hours of the daytime (or even on a Monday morning after a particularly heavy weekend!) and you’ll be saving yourself from a lifetime of health complications, eye-strain and sight problems.
Of course, the practical needs are just a bonus compared to the fashion aspect. Sunglasses are a great way to create a winter fashion look and there are plenty to choose from here at B Sunglasses.
Not only are timepiece and jewellery excellent Christmas gifts, they’re also a great way to add a little magic to your outfit. Layer gold chains or trinket necklaces to create an understated high fashion look or opt for one large statement piece to set off your outfit. Pearls and clear diamante’s have a delicate ‘Snow Queen’ feel whilst gold, rose and gemstones add plenty of glitz and attitude.
Chunky watches are also very in this season as are decorative cufflinks which add a hint of playful colour to a suit or shirt.
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