It’s fair to say we’ve been pretty fortunate here in London with the weather in recent weeks and thus far it’s been very mild, but the big freeze is on the horizon and things are going to get a whole lot chillier come December and early 2018.
This year I’m planning ahead and investing in a few key pieces to beat the big freeze and the dreaded British Winter. It can be tough dressing for those ice cold morning commutes and those chilly evenings out with friends and I often find it a real challenge dressing sensibly whilst remaining fashionable.
There are plenty of fashionable jackets out there but very few are built to withstand the elements and keep you feeling good and looking good at the same time.
Henri Lloyd have been masters of craftsmanship since the early 60s and their designs have long protected the sailors and explorers of yesteryear, including Sir Frances Chichester who completed the first ever solo sailing voyage around the world.
A brand typically known for its practicality, hardwearing designs and functional fit, they are now upping their game in the style stakes and the new Consort Collection is bang on trend.
Here are a few tips from me to ensure you stay looking good whilst keeping warm.
Invest In A Serious JacketPicking a reliable jacket for the Winter months can be a real challenge and it’s easy to go for style over substance and get well and truly caught out. I’ve bought a number of coats and jackets purely for fashion purposes this season and they will no doubt keep me warm during Winter, but keeping me dry is another matter all together.
The Henri Lloyd Consort is the ultimate in Winter jackets! It was originally created to help protect explorers against the elements and there’s a real focus on fabric innovation and waterproof fabrics.
This Bonded Consort is one of 5 designs and a modern take on the old classic. It’s manufactured from ‘bonded wool’ which is equally cosy and waterproof and is very on trend.
I must admit when I decided to ‘test drive’ and shoot the coat, I hadn’t planned for such a downpour and was incredibly impressed with how the coat performed against the rather damp New York weather!
This is certainly a jacket for all conditions and with a detachable hood it’s very much a ‘coast to city’ kind of coat, with a stylish and sleek wool finish that looks equally at home with a chunky knit as it does a roll neck.
I’ve spoken about the concept of layering a few times on Man About Town this season and for me it’s an integral part of dressing sensibly whilst always maintaining that signature style. Layering is a great way to bring different colours and textures to a look whilst also improving your chances to withstand the cold.
Chunky knitwear is the way forward when it comes to the Winter months, adding some serious comfort and protection against the chill. This chunky knit from Henri Lloyd combines two colour twisted yarn for a mottled effect that adds some much needed colour to outfits for those greyest of days.
When things get a bit windy I tend to turn to roll necks or zip necks for some added warmth.
This navy half-zip knit is the perfect addition for a day in the cold and keeps you looking stylish whilst cosy underneath! These are also a solid look when combined with a blazer or suit jacket for those smarter occasions.
Let’s all cross our fingers and hope for the best when it comes to this Winter… but don’t say I didn’t warn you!
What are your favourite ways to prepare for the Winter chill?
COMPETITION TIME! – Give @HenriLloyd63 a follow over on Instagram and comment on my latest Instagram image featuring the coat with your favourite way to fight the cold this Winter to be in with a chance of winning your very own Consort Jacket! Winner will be announced a week today 🙂
*This post was written in collaboration with Henri Lloyd, however all views shared are my own*