This year, there seems to be rather a large problem circulating the festive season. We’ve sung the carols, we’ve hung the mistletoe and the tree has had every branch well and truly smothered with baubles. But regardless of how many times we’ve watched Home Alone on repeat (or how many bottles of mulled wine we’ve downed), something still feels 100% undeniably inescapably wrong… The weather!

It. Is. Boiling. Ok, minor exaggeration. It’s not technically boiling, but still it’s WAY too warm to be Christmas. With this year set to be the hottest Christmas on record (as in, ever in the entire history of the world) the idea of prancing about in a festive knit, roasting turkeys and (or) vegetables and scooping up spoonfuls of steamed puddings is getting us in a bit hot under the collar. And with hours to go to the big day, it doesn’t look like a snowstorm will be arriving any time soon, either.

So what’s a girl to do? Never fear. Before your banish that oversized cable knit jumper to the back of your cupboard, we’ve researched some helpful styling hints that will have you adapting your winter wardrobe with ease. Meaning although your outfit might not be exactly what you had originally planned, you’re still sure to look haute, rather than hot.

1) Roll Neck Knits + Silk Side-Split Skirt = Perfect Temperature Control

Want to wear your knitwear, but don’t want to work up a sweat? There’s an easy style solution that’ll have you feeling cosy but still feeling cool. Simply contrast your jumper against a silk maxi skirt – opt for those with a high thigh spilt where possible for maximum ventilation.


Shop: Blue ribbed tunic knit, £145, The Outnet; Mustard silk skirt, £395, Jigsaw; Sateen maxi skirt, £55, Twin Sister; Khaki roll neck jumper, £25, Monki

2) Long Sleeved Mini Dresses = Ideal For Now

Ever watch all those Christmas movies, wishing you could get away with wearing a flirty festive mini dress, but are well too aware that your house is actually an icebox and you would probably freeze to death? Not this year! Now is the time, so get those pins out!

Shop: Embroidered V-neck dress, £125, & Other Stories; Velvet floral print dress, £249, Sandro; Velvet damask dress, £49.99, Zara

3) Work The Saint Laurent Cami-Scarf combo

Too hot to work a tailored blazer? We hear you. So why not take a leaf out of Hedi Slimane’s book of styling tips and pair a silk camisole with a skinny scarf instead? It’s a look that’ll have your seasonal style all wrapped up in seconds and works wonders with a pair of velvet trousers.

Shop: Strappy top with neck tie, £25.99, Zara; Plunge v-neck tie cami, £18, Topshop; Velvet neck-tie cami, £28, Topshop

4) Lace is your friend

Think of all those extra holes as extra air conditioning. Whether donning a dress, or working matching separates, this fashion-forward fabric has the warmer weather all stitched up.

Shop: Green lace dress, £29.99, H&M; Blue collar lace dress, £290, Sandro; Floral lace dress, £100, Warehouse

5) Embrace The Cape

For those of you that are actually willing to brave outside of the house, don’t be fooled into thinking you need to wrap up warm. You don’t. This is not the year to be donning your hat, gloves and scarf as if you’re off to face the Antarctic. However, opting for a cape can still give the impression of wrapping up warm, even if said jacket is merely for decoration.

Shop: Colourblock blanket cape, £30, Warehouse; Layered wool cape, £135, COS; Leather trimmed boucle cape, £920, Fendi

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