If, like us, you feel cheated out of a summer this year, it’s time to officially accept the new season. We didn’t even get that scorching September we became so accustomed to, and have sailed right on through to a brisk autumn. It’s not all doom and gloom though, we happen to be big fans of the colder seasons and everything they bring.
Let us take you through our top 10 essential A/W 2017 buys to help warm you up to the colder seasons…
1. Stylish coat
Although it’s sad to say goodbye to the sun, a fashionable winter coat always helps to ease the pain. It’s the ultimate investment buy, and never worth sacrificing quality for cost. The quilted padding and secure zip fastening of this Centigrade design is the perfect choice to keep you warm while offering a flattering and snug fit, while this Dennis Basso faux fur coat is a fabulous extra layer for any outfit.
2. Hat, scarf and gloves
Whether you go for fashion or function, you’re never fully dressed for winter without your hat, scarf and gloves. Add this Pia Rossini design to your wish list. With a classic, tartan-like print, this large scarf acts as a stylish and versatile accessory, while providing a thick and snug extra layer.
3. Comfy boots
People say you need a good bed and a good pair of shoes to get by, as you’re always in one or the other. Head to our Winter Bedding range online to sort out your bedding escape, and then turn to Emu for snug winter boots. Our top pick is their Beach Collection Illawong lace-up, with a durable suede outer and super-soft sheepskin lining. This versatile boot can be worn with different types of trousers or tights, giving you the option to wear them as a high ankle boot or folded down to create a sheepskin cuff.
4. Hand cream and lip balm
With the British winter whipping up harsh winds, crisp air and icy temperatures, chapped lips and dry hands are never far behind. Winter’s ugly sisters are easy enough to combat, so long as your handbag is well-equipped with hydrating formulas. Stock up with L’Occitane’s Hugs & Kisses collection of travel-friendly lips balms, hand creams, and foot creams. Presented in two fun gift boxes, you can always give half of them away for Christmas, and keep your favourites for yourself.
An open fire is the epitome of winter. Instantly creating a warm and cosy setting for hosting friends or settling down in front of the telly. If your living room is noticeably missing a chimney or recess, Smeg’s remote-controlled Retro L30FABE Wallmounted Electric Fireplace offers the same fuzzy glow, in a retro-look, sleek appliance form. Simply hang the screen on your wall, and enjoy.
6. Hot water bottle
From your desk to your duvet, a quality hot water bottle can you warm you up in no time wherever you are. Vagabond has taken the classic bottle one step further, with soft fleecy fabric designs in shapes specifically for your feet and neck.
From when you get up in the morning to when you get in from work, your slippers are always calling. Now we’re into the colder months, treat yourself to a quality, cosy pair. For us, you can’t get more warming than a sheepskin lining, so we’d choose Emu’s Jolie slippers – now available in fun prints.
8. Cosy PJs
There’s not much better than settling in for the night in comfy, matching pyjamas. This Cuddl Duds top and trouser set covers you up and keeps you warm for the evening, while not being too heavy to wear during the night.
9. Hot chocolate
The ultimate comforting treat to enjoy from autumn through to winter, we like our hot choc with a bubbly foam at the top and a mountain of marshmallows. Whittard of Chelsea has proven just how versatile the classic drink is with their Hot Chocolate Lovers Selection, including Chilli, Raspberry Ripple, and Rocky Road varieties.
10. Comfort food
If you’re after meals to warm the soul, we’ve got you covered. Green Seasons offer locally-produced, organic meats ideal for adding flavour and substance to stews and roasts. The Simple Simon’s range includes impressive, wholesome dishes which require minimal effort, such as beef wellington and chicken corden bleu. The Real Pie Company‘s Steak & Chicken collection includes five varieties of delicious pies filled to the brim, such as Angus Steak & Merlot and Chicken & Leek – a sure win to warm up your cockles after you get in from work!