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Winter trends: How to stay stylish and comfy !

It’s certain to say that 2020 changed things in fashion, the forecasted trends were overtaken by the demand and popularity for loungewear as the nation worked and played from home. It seemed that everyone turned to online buying of athleisure wear and comfy indoor loungewear as the online stores repeatedly sold out of the favourites! And as we transition from Autumn into Winter the demand for comfort hasn’t decreased, in fact the colder, darker nights have seen us reaching for our ‘comfies’ earlier in the evening whilst we settle down indoors with a takeaway and Netflix!

But getting dressed and feeling good even if it is just for indoors or going on an online video call can make us feel lifted, we feel like ourselves again and it gives us that extra touch of self-confidence. Sitting around for a day or so in loungewear is OK, we’ve all done that, right? But any more than a day and well - we don’t feel productive!

I love the well-known quote “Get Up, Dress Up and Don’t Give Up”. I feel so much better when I have made that extra effort to style my hair, wear something I feel good in, and put some make up on ready for work or an online video call, just as I would if meeting someone in person!

So, what are we all looking to wear this Winter season, and how can we look good and be comfortable too, as I know comfort really is key right now.

Here are my top 5 favourite wearable trends for the 20/21 Winter season ahead:

From Thackerays Woman Northampton
Ganni Sweat and Joggers

Joggers – now I know what you are thinking here, but hear me out! There are some really great joggers that give a more elevated look than the traditional gym style jogging bottoms we are all used to. Look out for soft jogging trousers or those with a side stripe (very elongating). Wear them with a blouse, a sweat or a T shirt and an oversized blazer – add a heel, a chunky or long boot or wear with the trusty trainer.

Blazers – nothing new here I know but a great blazer will take you through day to night, year after year. You can be sat at home in a t shirt and joggers, throw on a blazer, amp up the lipstick and you are video call ready! Simply one of the most versatile pieces you can add to your wardrobe. Keep it classic in a neutral tone and you will be wearing it for years to come. The trend is for oversized, but this needs to work for you! If fitted is more your style, then go for that instead! Use a belt to cinch in the waist – another key trend this season!

Shacked from HM

Checks – one of the easiest to wear trends of the season. Look for tartans, ginghams and houndstooth. Clash them or team them with simple basics. Check coats, check shackets (a cross between a jacket and a shirt), check blazers, check trousers …. Or just take so a nod to the trend with an oversized check blanket scarf!

Leather / Pleather – the great news is pleather has moved on so far in such a short space of time, so no longer do you feel like you will literally ‘boil in the bag’. Look out for soft buttery feeling pleathers and leathers in the neutral tones this season. The warm rich beiges and browns are definitely trending, are easy to co-ordinate with other items in your wardrobe, and won’t date! Wear with a warm cashmere knit, a silk blouse or a tee for a more dressed down look.

Jumper available at Thackays Woman Northamtpton

Super cosy knit – It wouldn’t be a winter edit without a cosy knit. You can never have too many and with so many great styles to choose from they can take you from daytime into the evening in total comfort. This season I am loving the chunky cable knits, vest tops and cardigans with exaggerated sleeves. Wear with thick leggings, boots and a warm coat!

Style confidence comes from being authentically you from the inside out so take a trend, make it work, and own your style.

Stay cosy and stylish.