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How to not look like a lump in winter?

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AliceWyrld Wed 21-Sep-11 18:41:16

I dread winter because I get very cold and end up looking like a lump. What does one wear to avoid this? I'm a real amateur so we're talking basic.

I'm 5ft4, size 12, 30 something, not much money...

Would anyone like to share their wisdom?

AutumnWitch Wed 21-Sep-11 20:09:36

Lightweight layers are your friends.

Start with Uniqlo heat-tech as the base, lots of styles and colours for tops as well as socks, tights and leggings. Or go for proper thermals - no-one can see them! There are fleece lined tights appearing in the shops this year as well (spotted in Primark and M+S).

Add a jersey dress or tunic on top of leggings or skinny jeans, a fine knit jumper (H+M do nice ones for around £10), and/or a light cardi on top, chuck on a scarf, gloves and a hat in colours that make you look your best as they are what's most visible (many bargains in primark), thick socks in boots with a chunky sole.

Wait until the weather is cold enough to wear that lot for you to shop for a coat that fits over the top and looks good.

I love winter clothes smile

AliceWyrld Wed 21-Sep-11 20:33:13

Ooo thanks AutumnWitch. Am very excited by the Uniqlo heat-tech!

dexter73 Wed 21-Sep-11 21:03:23

I live in Heattech in the winter. I have the scoop neck ls tops, leggings and tights. They are fab! Uniqlo also do really nice extra-fine merino knits and I think they are on offer at the moment. I love Uniqlo!

AliceWyrld Wed 21-Sep-11 21:08:26

So like with the extra-fine merino knits, could this be worn over a dress confused?

mirpuppet Wed 21-Sep-11 21:16:52

Yes; but I prefer v-necks -- less interference with neckline of dresses. I'm also a fan on Uniqlo.

AliceWyrld Wed 21-Sep-11 21:21:13

v-neck jumpers or v-neck cardigans? I think I need v-neck as I have broad shoulders confused

(Thanks for humouring the clueless me, I do appreciate it)

mirpuppet Wed 21-Sep-11 21:24:36

Cardigans for layering over dresses.

Jumpers for skirts or trousers. Can also use Cardigans for this -- so cardigans more versatile.

LadyMary Wed 21-Sep-11 21:28:52

Good quality thick wool tights under dresses.

AutumnWitch Wed 21-Sep-11 21:38:51

and if it's all feeling too voluminous, pop a belt over the top to give you some shape again...

Just wishing the weather would be properly autumnal now.

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