Three ways to see out January in style: chunky boots, coated jeans and a new favourite colour combo
Get the wardrobe basics right and everything else follows. Right now I’m wearing chunky boots, a roll neck sweater and coated jeans on repeat. Why change a winning formula? Chelsea boots have been part of my wardrobe for as long as I can remember and I am enjoying the new shit-kicking iteration. Show them off with slightly cropped, straight-leg jeans, throw on a big puffer coat and you’re good to go (for a daily walk). Yep, these boots are made for walking – and, surprisingly easy to wear, they go with most types of trousers, skirts and dresses. As do the chic hiking boots that have been stomping around for the last few seasons.
Coated jeans are another essential. I’ve had a black pair of Eileen Fisher’s for at least six years ( I know this because I mention them in my first book Style Forever), they are ripped at the crotch and need repairing – and I’ve hardly had them off all winter. Before Christmas when Gap invited me to collaborate on an Instagram project, initially I wasn’t sure but one quick look at the website (Gap is still available online in the UK) and I decided to go ahead. Instantly marrying the forest green recycled cashmere jumper (no longer available in this colour though there is a similar shade in the sale at Chinti & Parker) with a pair of burgundy coated jeans (also available in black) to create a neat update of my favourite winter outfit. It is possible to find good wardrobe basics on the high street, I still have a pair of Gap jeans from the nineties…
Checking the availability of non-black coated jeans, I found Hush has khaki green, navy blue and oxblood red. There’s a burgundy pair by L’Agence reduced at The Outnet, also available in a lovely dark green (I am tempted). The new shade of coated jeans will perk up my cold weather wardrobe and make a welcome substitute when I have the others repaired.
And what about forest green and burgundy? This could be my new favourite colour combo:
My Chunky Chelsea’s are from Solovair. I bought them a couple of years ago and they’re still going strong. The clothes are from the Gap collaboration. Hoop earrings are from Branch Jewellery and my big silver ring is by Claire Stratton.
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