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Winter Style Survival Guide | How To Dress For Cold Weather

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The first cold snap of winter has finally arrived with temperatures plummeting across the country and the promise of snow on the horizon. Wintry showers and freezing temperatures will make the prospect of stepping outside in the morning even more unappealing; especially when carrying out the arduous task of de-icing the car or tackling the commute to work on foot or public transport. When the unbearably cold weather arrives, it often means piling on every layer in your wardrobe in the bid to keep warm. But we promise that with the right winter garments you can beat the elements whilst also retaining style; no matter what the weather throws at you. Whether you are braving the winter weather here in the UK or tackling the ski slopes abroad, our handy survival guide for dressing in cold weather will showcase the key pieces you need for keeping dry, warm and fashionable.

The Padded Parka

A trusted staple in anyone's arsenal to battle the winter elements, parka jackets can offer superb technical performance as well as understated winter styling. A high quality parka jacket will look after you for years to come and can offer complete waterproof and windproof protection, with some offering vital insulation in sub-zero temperatures as low as -30c, making them perfect for winter even in more extreme climates. With an array of styles offering tailored protection suitable for a range of climates and weather conditions, it's easy to find a parka that will suit your winter dressing needs.

Perfect for the fashion-conscious, the Canada Goose Kensington Parka offers both polished style and hard-wearing protection against tough winter weather. With a slim-fitting, long line silhouette, this parka also offers fundamental warmth thanks to its' 625 fill power duck down padding, making it ideal for cold climates ranging from -10/-20c. Crafted from Canada Goose's innovative Arctic Tech fabric, the Kensington parka is designed to stay dry in extreme conditions and is finished with a coyote fur ruff around the hood to banish any draughts. For the most demanding winter landscapes, the Spiewak Aviation Snorkel Parka provides extreme warmth in temperatures as low as -35c thanks to its' duck down padding and fleece lined hood. With a water-resistant shell, this technical parka offers function when it is needed the most, so whether you a visiting or working in cold climates, Spiewak is a trusted outfitter for utilitarian clothing. For when the weather is unpredictable, the Woolrich Polar Parka is a versatile, everyday design that can be worn in both mild and more freezing conditions. With Woolrich's iconic fabric finished with a Teflon coating, the Polar Parka offers extra resistance to snow, rain and wind as well as a very warm finish thanks to the duck down/ feather padding and coyote fur trimmed hood.

The Weatherproof Jacket

For active outdoor pursuits or for braving winter in less demanding climates, a weatherproof jacket can offer lightweight protection from wind, rain and snow whilst not causing the wearer to overheat or restrict movement. Combining highly technical performance fabrics and components with more lightweight padding offers both essential warmth and breathability; making these jackets the ideal companion for venturing into the great outdoors. Versatile enough for both everyday winter wear and active winter sports like skiing, this jacket style can see you through the season no matter what you are up to.

A classic for almost three decades, the Napapijri Skidoo Anorak is an iconic piece of outerwear that offers intelligent protection from the winter elements. A style that can be worn for both every day urban use and hitting the ski slopes, the Skidoo has fully-taped seams and a highly waterproof and breathable shell making it the ultimate active outerwear piece. A convenient side-zip opening, adjustable details and lightweight Thermore padding makes the Skidoo a comfortable, easy-to-wear cold weather style. For braving the high street, the Barbour Winter Force Jacket features the brand's signature 60z Sylkoil wax cotton for added protection from unexpected rain showers whilst the thermal fleece lining offers an extra layer of warmth against the bitter winter winds. This practical style also features a fleece lined hood and buttoned storm flap to help combat any adverse weather. Offering crucial performance in sub-zero temperatures, the Parajumpers Gobi Down Bomber Jacket is a heavy duty design that has been specially treated to protect it from dirt and rain. With a detachable fur lined hood and removable 730 fill power duck down lining, this functional design can effortlessly adapt to changing weather conditions and transition with you into the next season and back.

The Gilet

Perfect for frosty winter mornings, A cosy quilted gilet can be thrown over knitwear or lightweight jackets for an extra layer of warmth whilst out for country walks or tackling the inner city. Another option will be wear over thermal layers whilst skiing or snowboarding for those clear days when it is not cold enough to warrant a thick padded jacket. The versatility of this garment ensures it will effortlessly fit into your winter wardrobe and will be a must-have essential when transitioning between the changing seasons.

The Napapijri Arva Padded Vest is filled with Thermo-Fibre insulation, an innovative type of padding that offers the same level of warmth as duck-down helps you to withstand bitter winds and plunging temperatures. A practical style that offers incredible warmth without the bulk thanks to its' clever quilted shaping, Arva allows for an array of different styling opportunities through both freezing and mild weather. A stylish alternative for the discerning gentleman, the Hackett Channel Quilted Gilet offers thermal insulation with a flattering vertical quilted design and adjustable press studs at the waist for that refined, tailored finish to your winter outfit. For when extra protection is required, the Pyrenex Aspe Padded Gilet offers unrivaled warmth thanks to its' cosy duck down and feather padding; whilst simple in design, this style is the perfect layering piece for outdoor pursuits throughout the winter season.

The Chunky Knit

A luxurious knitwear piece is a welcome addition to anybody's winter wardrobe thanks to their cosy nature and unbelievably soft handle. With choices including indulgent cashmere, fine merino wool, delicate alpaca wool or smooth lambswool, knitwear can bring a touch of luxury to your winter wardrobe. With the ability to be dressed down for casual affairs like apres ski or styled up with smart work wear, knitwear pieces offers endless winter styling opportunities and make the ultimate investment pieces.

The Barbour Bartlett Knit Jumper is part of the brand's distinctive Arctic Expedition collection, which is designed to offer incredible warmth in the depths of winter whilst remaining enduringly stylish. A heavyweight knit that is ideal for wearing to the apres-ski bar as well as on cosy weekends at home, Bartlett is crafted from a sumptuous alpaca wool blend with a high polo neck to keep the breeze at bay and features a unique open moss stitch texture. An easy-to-wear style that is the epitome of laidback chic, the Samsoe & Samsoe Jeani Jumper is knitted in a beautiful medium-weight alpaca blend yarn with a multi-tonal flecked appearance and relaxed long-line fit for an effortlessly cool finish. The Victorinox Kettenhemd jumper is a reliable choice for frosty winter days, crafted from pure merino wool, this stylish jumper also features a cowl-neck collar and front kangaroo pocket for added warmth.

The Snow Boots

When the snow starts to fall, you shouldn't have to sacrifice style in order to keep your feet cosy and dry. Invest in a pair of specially designed snow boots and you will be able to tackle the flurries of snow in Britain as well as venture around the ski resorts with ease. Snow boots are specially designed to retain heat and are often lined with cosy fleece or faux fur to banish the cold, making them perfect for having fun in the snow! Snow boots also have cleated soles for added traction so you can avoid any slips or trips on unexpected patches of ice or uneven ground. Hardwearing in nature, snow boots are often both water and snowproof, so you can be rest assured that your standard footwear of choice can avoid being ruined in adverse weather conditions.

Sorel is a Canadian based brand which combines both fashion-forward design with functionality to create all-weather winter footwear that can be worn on the high street as well as hopping around the ski resort. The perfect addition to your apres-ski wardrobe, Sorel snow boots are perfect for the style conscious consumer and alpine adventurer alike! Made for tackling heavy snow downpours and extreme cold weather, the Sorel 1964 Pac Nylon Snow Boots can be worn in temperatures as low as -32c. With a seam-sealed waterproof construction and removable insulating boot liner, these functional boots can effortlessly take you from apres ski to the shops no matter how much snow falls! Suitable for use during lighter snow showers, the Sorel Tivoli II Premium Leather Boots are crafted using full-grain waterproof leather and a tonal faux fur collar for added warmth. A sophisticated yet functional style finished with rose gold hardware, these snow boots are perfect for the fashion-conscious female. A classic silhouette from Sorel, the Joan of Arctic Snow Boot features a beautiful waterproof leather and suede upper with a faux fur snow cuff and removable boot lining that offers protection from extreme sub-zero temperatures; ensuring feet can stay warm, dry and comfortable in heavy snow conditions.

The Heavy Duty Shoes

For staying closer to home, some heavy duty shoes are ideal for walking on all kinds of terrains through rain, slush and the occasional sprinkling of snow. More suited for carrying out daily activities such as your morning commute, walking the dog or heading to the shops, some practical winter boots are ready for any occasion and will see you through the majority of the winter season with dry, toasty feet.

Harnessing the power and durability of the iconic Premium 6 inch boots, the Timberland Earthkeepers Nellie Chukka Boots offer a low-slung alternative to the classic performance boot. With both premium waterproof leather uppers and a seam-sealed waterproof construction, these boots offer the ultimate protection from the rain, ice and snow. Finished with Timberland's durable, high-traction outsole and a padded ankle collar, these sturdy winter boots offer all-day comfort and support to wearers. A durable winter boot style with a high-grip cleated sole, the Clarks Ripway Trail GTX Boot offers complete waterproof protection thanks to the internal Gore-Tex membrane, which also helps to retain heat when it is needed the most. Finished with Clarks' signature Cushion Plus technology, the dual density cushioning allows feet to sit in their natural position to reduce strain and fatigue. A high performance style perfect for trudging through the snow and rain, the UGG Seton Boots can withstand temperatures as low as -20c thanks to their natural wool interior. With a seam-sealed construction and waterproof leather outer, these are the ultimate winter boots for beating the cold and wet weather.

The Finishing Touches

The perfect winter warmers that will wrap you up in an extra layer of luxury, no winter wardrobe is complete without an array of cold weather accessories. No matter is you are braving the commute to work, heading into the great outdoors and tackling the alpine ski slopes, make sure you are winter ready with a collection of woolly scarves, cosy gloves and stylish hats close to hand!

From renowned British glove makers Dents, these Classic Leather Gloves are expertly tailored to offer the perfect fit for improved movement and an elegant finish. Crafted from the finest supple leather with a contrasting silk lining and rabbit fur cuffs, these gloves offer a sartorial alternative to brave those frosty mornings and will be a timeless addition to your winter wardrobe. Ideal for both the countryside and mountainside, the Woolrich Arctic Cap features a special Teflon finish for extra resistance against snow, wind and rain. With adjustable ear flaps lined with rabbit fur, this cosy hat offers extreme warmth to wearers even in the depths of winter. A luxurious finishing touch that will take you to apres ski as well as urban environments, this versatile Johnstons Tartan Scarf is crafted from pure cashmere wool and promises the upmost warmth and comfort throughout the winter season.