Anna Cullen looks at the latest winter fashion trends and explains how you can still look stylish while keeping warm over those pesky winter months.
As the days get shorter and colder, it’s so difficult to decide what to wear - especially if you are female.
 
Firstly, a coat is essential. And while it’s all very well having that coat that looks amazing, but won’t provide an ounce of heat, this year that just won’t cut it. 
 
While opting for comfort and warmth doesn’t necessarily mean unstylish, if you shop around, you can definitely find some gems out there.
 
Splashing out on a well tailored, classy coat will not only last you for winters to come, but will add a touch of sophistication to any outfit. I suggest getting a colour that goes with everything; black, navy, grey or taupe.
 
Knowing what kind of coat suits you is imperative. If you’re tall, you can definitely get away with a long, ankle basher, however if you’re on the shorter side, then perhaps a nice knee length jacket is the way to go.
 
Animal prints are all the rage this winter, so why not take a step out of your comfort zone, and try picking up a leopard print, or shaggy coat? 
 
Too daring? Then opt for a more subtle nod to animal print with a structured leopard print handbag, or pony hair boots.
 
Capes are a must for stylish layering this winter. They’re not coats, but they sure do the same job by keeping you warm. 
 
Try layering a nice tartan cape over a leather jacket to add a bit of variety to your wardrobe. It’s like having three outfits in one.
 
Leather jackets are imperative. Again, shopping around can save you a lot of money, as they tend to be on the dearer side. Add in some boots, and a fur scarf to give your wardrobe a biker chick dimension.
 
Leggings are an essential item of clothing to have this winter, but not just any leggings. In TK Maxx, you can get brilliant, high-waisted, premium quality, black leggings for as little as €20. Now that’s a bargain!
 
Probably my favourite item on the list so far is a good pair of boots. I picked up a pair of black leather Chelsea boots in River Island last Christmas, and I live in them. 
 
They dress up any outfit, keep your feet warm, and the best part about wearing them into college, is that if I decide I want to go to the pub after a lecture, I’m ready to go. 
 
Don’t underestimate the power of a good jumper. The key to keeping warm is layering. This way, when you get into college you can peel off some of the top layers with ease. Invest in some good structured knitwear and you’ll never look back.
 
However, make sure you try them on first. While it sounds ridiculous, some jumpers can be quite shapeless and if you have large breasts, they can ultimately make you look larger than you are, and we don’t want that now, do we?
 
Turtle necks are a fabulous way to dress warm and sophisticated this winter. Team it with a pretty necklace, under a wooly jumper, or a leather jacket and you’re good to go.
 
Remember, it is quality over quantity. You’re better off investing in a few good staple pieces, rather than having lots of items you don’t particularly like. If you only have a few bits off the list mentioned above you’ll be doing great.
 
Happy winter!
 
Photo: Maria Morri/ Flickr