‘There is no such thing as bad weather,’ said, Alfred Wainwright,’ only unsuitable clothing.’ And I’m with him on the weather-appropriate gear. Getting it right reduces the Faff Factor. This duvet coat (a very generous gift) from new London label Year One Collective has been seeing a lot of action lately. And not just because the boiler has packed in, in the office I share with a friend. Brrr… The wraparound, supersized design is reminiscent of 1980s Yohji Yamamoto and perfect for the freezing temperatures we’ve been experiencing, both inside and out.
This kind of oversized silhouette looks best with slim-leg jeans or leggings. I’m wearing an old pair of Eileen Fisher coated jeans (about four years old and still going strong) but there are similar HERE and HERE. The duvet coat can be reined in with a leather belt, if like me you travel on public transport and prefer not to take up two seats. To keep things sporty, add hi-tops (the ones I’m wearing are from super-comfy Scandi brand Ecco) or trainers – though occasionally I’m inclined to go for French Fashion Editor Chic with black, low-heeled ankle boots. Trés Emmanuelle Alt.
Should you be looking for something a little less voluminous – in a small shop the other day I was convinced the owner thought I trying to shoplift – Uniqlo is the place to go for the best ultralight down coats and jackets. These are reasonably priced and perfect for layering. M&S has a similar padded jacket and Mango also has a decent selection of duvet coats and shorter jackets, including a fabulous polka dot style. The Mint Velvet quilted jacket is available in navy and chalk, Everlane has a lightweight Puffer Jacket and longer Puffer Coats and Moncler is de riguer for those heading to Davos.