Winter Style Guide

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It’s easy to get into a style rut in the winter, trying to find the middle ground between comfortable and chic. And with all the layers, it’s easy to find yourself wearing completely mismatched clothes in an attempt to stay warm. But winter is the season for fashion-lovers - when else do you get to wear so many fabulous pieces at once?!

Cotton’s versatility shines in the winter season and allows you to mix textures and fabric weights, colors and patterns, crafting polished looks that are anything but boring. So fight the urge to just throw on a large jacket and call it a day, get inspired by our style round-up, and follow our tips for the perfect cotton winter outfit.

When in Doubt, Turn to Monochrome

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A single-color ensemble is so easy to pull off, it’s almost cheating. Whether you’re stepping out in head-to-toe winter white, heather greys, or shades of cobalt blues, monochrome dressing is the effortless way to look bold. And because all your layers are in the same color family, mismatching is near impossible.

Mix it up by playing with different textures and proportions. A skinny jean pairs well with a large chunky sweater, while a loose trouser pant allows you to accentuate your waist with a tucked-in blouse. Our tip in a recent post about not killing yourself trying to match the hue perfectly holds true to any monochrome look.

Invest in One Statement Piece

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With so many layers, winter outfits are particularly prone to trend clashing. Instead of hoping that all your items will come together artfully, build your next outfit around one bold piece. Investing in durable, fashionable, daring pieces will give your entire wardrobe a subtly curated direction.

This season’s trends are especially suited for this style of dressing. Chunky jumpers of all cuts and textures have made a major comeback - particularly those with asymmetrical hems and deconstructed knitwork. A touch of tweed gives your outfit a smart English update, perfect for an oversized blazer or a structured jacket. And if a bold accessory is more your speed, endlessly cozy blanket scarves come in all colors and patterns to suit your winter desires.

Mix and Match

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So you’ve been playing with pared down winter looks and want to take it to the next level. We’ve got your solution - pattern mixing. To avoid looking like you got dressed in the dark, however, follow some of our simple rules:

Two very different prints that share a similar color story come together to create an effortlessly put-together look.

Combining patterns in the same family, like stripes or florals, allows for color and size variation. Play with proportions by pairing a thin pinstripe piece with a thicker stripe.

Start small - replacing basics with prints and pairing with eye-catching accessories is an easy introduction to bolder dressing.

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