Wednesday, 1 December 2010
The Great Winter Fashion Conundrum
OK, now here's the thing; glamorous party tonight and it's colder than a penguin's backside outdoors, so what to wear to get from bedroom to bar without taking a cab or suffering from hypothermia? The big winter coat is a no-brainer, but what about the rest? I'll be reporting back tomorrow, but in the meantime here's the That's Not My Age guide to smart winter style:
1. Dress up a pair of woolly tights
Knitted hosiery may not be the most glamorous accessory known to womankind but teamed with a fabulous dress - this one is Roksanda Ilincic for Whistles - and some show-stopping shoes, no-one will notice - or care. Remember, it's going to be minus three later this evening!
2. If in doubt get the sequins out
That's Not My Age's sequin jacket has only has one outing this year, and worn with slim black pants and a thermal vest, makes the perfect alternative to the party dress. Don't forget, those shiny, plastic discs provide excellent insulation.
3. Choose sensible footwear
Now there's no way I am skidding down that icy hill in a pair of heels. Tonight, That's Not My Age will be wearing sensible footwear and carrying the grown-up's favourite party accessory; a canvas tote and spare pair of shoes. And though Jane Birkin wears Uggs - yes I'm disappointed too, because frankly I'd rather go out in my bed socks and slippers than slop around like the sheepskin-clad, back end of a pantomime horse - there are better options. The wedge-heeled welly from Hunter, for one. Looks trés chic and is available in both ankle and knee length. Wellies are good for keeping feet dry but not so great at keeping the warmth in, so best wear them with a pair of great big socks.
Or try these lovely wool-lined, lace-up boots from Ilse Jacobsen:
4. Get to the do, then unleash the party shoe
Follow the advice above and arrive at the party with all your toes intact. When it's warm and dry the shoe switch-over can be done sitting on a wall around the corner from the venue but, during the big freeze when it's ankle deep in snow, best to nip inside, sit down and quickly change the footwear.
Now how about these Let's Dance shoes from Beatrix Ong - aren't they fantastic? Not my favourite David Bowie era, ever, but nice idea, eh? Oh and just so you know, a new Beatrix Ong store has recently opened on Pavilion Road, London.
Do you have any tips for staying warm and looking cool?
Purple beret etc: Gant, Sequin jacket, Moschino from Net-a-Porter, Ilse Jacobsen boots from The Natural Shoe Store.