Winter warmers

Our fashion blogger takes a look at how to channel ladylike charm this winter: both on a budget, and with more to spend.

It might be because the days are now cold and crisp, or perhaps it’s that I’m in the middle of season four of Downton Abbey, but I currently favour a classic, ladylike look. I’m in the mood for chic wool dresses and skirts with subtle tailoring, an elegant coat and shiny brown brogues. I want to be lady of the manor.

But is this really possible on a budget? It’s an aesthetic so closely intertwined with luxuries like cashmere, quality tweed, tartan and merino wool which can obviously get pricey.

So I was relieved to discover that the high street has some great offerings to satisfy my inner gentlewoman, at a range of price points.

For the bargain hunter, New Look have some gorgeous classic prints and designs this winter that nod to the prim and proper without looking stuffy. I love the their lined monochrome skirt paired with a black slash neck top and a ladylike string of pearls.



Black top: Primark // Skirt: New Look // Pearls: my Mum’s!


New Look’s tartan print dress looks cute when worn with ballet pumps but it can be smartened up with high heels for work. My red coat (second hand Boden, four years ago) is a bold but wintery choice.



Dress: New Look // Coat: Boden (from a dress agency)


New Look ticks the boxes for cute and affordable, but for a treat, nowhere really compares to Hobbs for me. Their collections are always driven by ladylike elegance. I love the womanly silhouette of this wool dress, especially emphasised with with a cherry red skinny waist belt.



Dress: Hobbs NW3 // Belt: Hobbs // Shoes: John Lewis Collection


Pinafore dresses are also up there with my favourite styles so I couldn’t resist this strawberry tweed one also from Hobbs. With chunky heeled brogues, it’s a smart look for the office but it would also work as a casual weekend look.



Dress: Hobbs // coat: vintage // shoes: Office


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