Wednesday, 1 December 2010

How To Look Good This Winter

With snow encroaching upon our doorsteps there is a tendency to get those studded hiker boots, thermal triple layered socks and balaclava out alongside a hot water bottle strapped to your body, but there is a way to keep just as warm whilst still looking impeccable with a few lovely gems that the high street has to offer. After all you never know when the next love of your life will run into you on Waterloo Bridge, so as the boy scouts say ‘always be prepared’ to ensure that you look fantastic for any eventualities.

So let’s starts with the hair. On those windy days when it takes a shield to protect you from the ice cold winds, keeping your hair in place can seem like an impossible task but it is possible to do more than scrunch it uninspiringly back. One product that works really well is James Brown’s London Hairspray: not only does it smell incredible, but due to the ultrafine mist it keeps your hair in place and also allows movement. So whilst the wind is blowing your hair, not only will it retain hold but it will also create volume and movement unlike heavy duty hairsprays that keep your hair static. Also good news, James Brown products have been reintroduced into both Boots and Superdrug! And if you do meet that certain someone you can be assured that your hair will smell delicious.

However if you have a long walk in and your hair doesn’t take well to the dampness that the winter weather air is prone to, and serums or hairspray aren’t great in your hair, then the high streets offerings of hats are brilliant this season. If you have a fringe or shorter hair then Topshop’s faux fur pompom beanies (£16) are perfect to keep you warm this winter, and available in four colours there is range enough for all hair colours.

However if your hair is a bit longer then a faux fur headband is great for keeping your ears warm whilst keeping up with this winter’s style! Try ASOS’s pieces headband for only £10.

Right, now a good foundation is every girl’s lifesaver and in order for that extra coverage in the winter months it can be useful to go for a slightly heavier one. One that fits that all important student budget is Rimmel’s Lasting Finish 16h foundation which is a tad thicker than most which, alongside its lasting quality, assures you some peace of mind for enduring coverage if any last minute cocktail invitations turn up. In winter to balance out red complexion why not opt for a brown blush on the cheek with a bronzer on top to give a glow. Try Mac’s Bronzing powder in Bronze for a subtle finish...

Now to keep those toes as toasty as a marshmallow the key is insulation; however, insulation does not mean granny style thermals. Oh no, style does not have to be sacrificed and with shearling key on trend, and cropping up in any high street shop on top of this season's style, it means that your feet can be as fashionable as possible without relinquishing toes to frostbite. The perfect boot out there at the moment is one that can be worn with casual jeans and a jumper and transformed into a perfect night-time shoe when paired with a leather jacket and a chiffon dress. One which is incredible value is River Island’s black leather multi strap buckle boots. Although £75 this price tag will repay itself with the endless styling opportunities that these boots present. And trust me they are incredibly comfortable.

Finally a staple every winter is that all important coat. Whilst there is a seduction in buying a classic trench coat this season to keep you warm, something a bit more adventurous can make more a statement whilst being classic and keeping you toasty. One coat that is perfect for this is ASOS’s exaggerated ruffle coat in black and now with £30 off there’s no better time to get purchasing. This coat is perfect as it retains a classic silhouette but with its detailing around the collar it makes it more interesting and is perfect for any outfit. Pair it with some skinny jeans, a pair of heeled ankle boots and thick ribbed cream tights to keep you snug and looking great.

So there are the essential accessories and make up to completing your winter wardrobe. As the snow has hit London and threatens to send the city into chaos, with these hidden gems, all affordable, appropriate and fashionable you can be assured that you will look and feel confident in the battle against the winter roughs and ensure that you stay warm and snug whilst looking fabulous.

By Coryn Brisbane

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