How to master smart-casual dressing this winter

How to master smart-casual dressing this winter

For the past few weeks it has been so cold in Manchester. This week it promises to reach the lofty heights of a tropical eight degrees, which shows that winter isn’t even nearly over.

I love dressing up – that shouldn’t come as a surprise if you’ve visited the blog before! From sequin dresses to metallic skirts, I like to make a statement. But even I have to concede sometimes that comfort is king. Recently I’ve been living in cosy jumpers and trousers, and while this look is practical I refuse to let it be boring.

Blogger Twenty-Something City wearing cosy jumper and leather jeans in Northern Quarter Manchester
Jumper: Primark; Jeans: Dorothy Perkins; Boots: Shoe Zone; Earrings: eBay

Nailing that casual and cosy, yet still stylish look is a nightmare, isn’t it? When the temperature drops I tend to focus on my outerwear, such as big fluffy faux furs or jazzy prints. That’s all fine and good for walking around, but what about when you need to take your coat off? I’m talking about working in a chilly office, or causal days chilling with friends.

I know I should start from the top first and work my way down, but let’s begin by taking a moment to appreciate these burgundy pleather jeans. I’ve always had a bit of a weakness for leather-style trousers – they are just perfect for autumn/ winter and all the weather it has to throw at us. I mean, hello, they’re water proof! In the colder weather I’m always drawn to trousers that are a bit different. If you’d like to do the same, look for unusual colours or textures (or just buy these trousers because seriously they are in the sale right now and they are perfection).

Twenty-Something City in cosy smart-casual khaki jumper in Northern Quarter Manchester

I’ve always had a bit of a funny relationship with knitwear. I guess it stems from the lack of confidence I feel when dressed very casually (weird but true). But this winter the High Street has been full of statement knitwear to suit every style. I loved this khaki Primark jumper as soon as I saw it, and even opted for a size M so it would be extra oversized and cosy – who says a girl can’t change?

I based this look around this jumper and it’s funky ring detailing – I even got earrings to match! I’m a big believer that when struggling for outfit inspiration, turn to accessories. I picked up these earrings for only a few pounds, but they instantly make this look come together for me. Alternatively, if you’re looking for ways to jazz up old jumpers then I am a big believer in statement necklaces. Don’t ever think of your clothes as boring. Instead, consider them a blank canvas for you to dress up and make your own.

Blogger Twenty-Something City wearing cosy jumper and burgundy leather trousers in Northern Quarter Manchester

Khaki and burgundy have long been one of my top colour combinations. Being playful with colour is one of my favourite ways to combat my fear of looking too ‘boring’. I challenge you to try it this winter – trust me, you won’t look back!

I know I say this time and time again, but the real secret to mastering any look is confidence. Planning on going out in leggings and an oversized sweatshirt? As long as you feel comfortable in it and make it your own then it will look stylish. When the weather is this cold, don’t fret about what looks ‘fashionable’ – focus on what looks and feels like you.

Blogger Twenty-Something City wears cosy smart casual jumper and leather trousers in Northern Quarter Manchester

I never thought I’d say this, but this winter I am fully embracing the opportunity to get cosy in some cute knitwear. Who says keeping warm has to look boring?

What are your style tips for winter? I’d love to read them in the comments below.