When dressing for cold weather, it pays to sport the right accessories to stay on trend and stylish, says winter-wear fan, Adam Hurrell
I am a self-confessed lover of winter. Chilly conditions mean extra layers and for a chap interested in clothes, that creates a win-win situation. The best thing about winter is that we can indulge in fabrics that are impractical to wear at other times of the year, such as wool. People are often intimidated by winter accessories as they change every year and can become expensive. But the trick, gentlemen, is to buy quality classics to ensure they last a good few years. Then all you need to do is buy one or two new pieces each season to keep your look modern, yet stylish. Now, of course, we are not going to need scarves and gloves in Muscat, but if you are heading off to Europe for a skiing holiday or are planning a trip to the mountains, where it can get very chilly, here’s a few ideas to stay warm – but oh so cool.
The White Company’s Winter candle is Christmas and winter in a jar. The classic Christmas scent has been bottled and sealed in wax for your burning pleasure. Worth every rial twice over, no festive winter home is complete without one of these. Available online and via the White Company shop in City Centre Muscat for RO12.
Whether you are travelling or staying at home, this can be a busy time of the year with many social engagements to attend. Keep your schedule running smoothly with this beautiful rose-gold, slimline, classic Oxford watch from Daniel Wellington. It is my favourite watche of 2014. Danielwellington.com/uk RO90
To protect your hands from the elements this season, good-quality gloves are essential. Buy one good pair and you will never need to buy gloves again. English firm Dents has a great range and supplies gloves to British royalty and even James Bond. This cashmere-lined, hand-made pair will keep the cold at bay and will add an extra level of sophistication to your winter wardrobe. dents.co.uk RO43
A quality scarf is essential in winter. Keep the chilly wind at bay with this luxurious red cashmere scarf from N.Peal, the masters of knitwear. It is an exceptional piece that will last a lifetime. Winter clothes are so often muted in tone that a splash of colour can lift any outfit. Npeal.com for RO66
Beanie hats are all over the catwalks this autumn/winter. The perennially popular choice is back this year with a vengeance. There are plenty of dull beanies out there, but this jazzy design from Zara is a real eye-catcher and great fun. Zara.com RO3.9
At this time of year, there is nothing worse than cold toes. Luckily, Welsh firm Corgi make some of the best woollen socks in the world – even good enough for the British royal family. This red pair are sure to keep your feet toasty warm. Corgihosiery.co.uk RO11.5
Winter warmers: Adam’s tips on staying cosy:
1. Invest in quality items and then you only need to buy them once every few years, making them more affordable in the long run. 2. Buy classic as your main items and then purchase one or two items to update your collection each season.
3. Be fussy over your fabrics. Wool is much warmer and more comfortable than modern synthetic fabrics, such as acrylic.