by MOMTAZ BEGUM-HOSSAIN
Blocked red noses, itchy
chilblains, dry skin, purple ears
- braving it outside in the cold
is rarely a pleasant experience. One
can be so busy focusing on the
ground to prevent wind chill on the
face that you donít realise youíre
walking past a best mate. Itís also
difficult recognising people with
their increase in weight due to the
addition of a larger-than-life puffa
coat. It may feel like thereís no
other way - the main aim is to be
warm, but this doesnít mean you
have to sacrifice your style.
Remember: One has the right to
be warm and cosy, BUT one also has
the right to look gorgeous. So toss
aside that boring jumper and those
baggy jeans. Itís time to glam up your
So, youíve made it out of the duvet
and donned on a chunky knit sweater.
Fair enough, but rather than looking
like a clone, (CKSís are a common phenomenon)
- how about giving it a bit
The sky may permanently be grey,
but it doesnít mean your clothes have
to be. Go for something bright.
Obviously this can be quite hard, since
the shops donít tend to stock an awful
lot of summery shades, but you donít
have to stick to navy and beige.
Orange is a great cross-over colour
between seasons. Add a shirt beneath
that jumper and let the collar out, or
accessorise with an orange bag or hair
Better still, if your jumper is giving
you grief because itís so heavy, why
not trade it in for a turtleneck?
Hmmm, theyíre snug, easily available,
great to stroke AND keep your neck as
warm as toast so you can ditch your
scarf too. Hooray! Again, try not to
fall into the trap of wearing a conventional
shade. Hunt out a vivid tone, or
jazz it up with a funky badge.
Invest in a hat. A simple woolly
one will do. It will give your ears the
attention they deserve, and preserves
your hairdo. Customise your gloves.
These are a winter essential and can
easily be turned into a work of art.
Stick/stitch on anything you like, furry
trims, tassels, iron on patches, plastic
butterflies...go funky - gloves were
made to be personalised.
Itís not just about clothes, your
appearance should also be kept in
check. Carry a cute handkerchief at all
times. Not only may it prove useful if
youíre required to lend it to a sneezing
sexy specimen; it will also prevent you
looking like a dribbling pooch. Noses
run a lot in winter and you donít want
to be the one whoís dripping. Further
more, used tissues reduced to ripped
holey snot-rags are not attractive.
Make sure thereís a pot of Vaseline in
your pocket too. Boys especially are
guilty of having peely, cracked lips,
which will not aid a decent snog. Keep
your pout looking lush at all times and
apply regularly. Itís also good for
elbows, hands, cheeks and practically
everywhere else that gets exposed to
the blizzards. Brush on a tinge of
blusher. It brings colour to your face
instantly, and in my case has been a
talking point. ĎHave you just auditioned
for Zippoís?í (Donít overdo it,
the clown look has never, and will
never be in).
A few tips for preventing fashion
blunders when it comes to socks. It
may be tempting, but donít ever wear
two pairs. Your feet will suffer, as will
the person next to you. Itís likely theyíll
get sweaty and send out a suffocating
whiff. Added to this, your tootsies will
get squashed and you may develop
blisters (nice). Invest in a pair of thick
thermal socks instead. Finally, never
wear legwarmers. The Eighties were a
period of major fashion error, so why
do so many people insist on celebrating
them? Let them rest in peace.