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Cold weather comes with one warm-and-fuzzy bonus – you get to reintroduce some much-missed texture back into your wardrobe. ‘Tis the season to experiment with chunky knits, padded jackets, corduroy, and more. And these textured titans for cold-weather days don’t just look stylish, they’re practical for keeping warm all through winter. 

Luckily, it’s easy to weave textures and thicker materials into your seasonal wardrobe, whether you’re looking for something smarter, like woven tailored trousers, a more casual weekend look like selvedge jeans and a fisherman jumper, or a simple accessory like a cable-knit scarf. 

“Winter is a great time to try out bright, rich jewel tones, as the low sun brings the different kind of light that really allows darker colours to shine,” says stylist Luke Mcdonald. “Textures like velvet and cord are especially effective, and they look great against winter’s more technical fabrics found in waterproofs and gilets.”

We all know that winter temperatures can be changeable. Between the pre-sunrise chill, the low afternoon sun, and icy dark nights, you’re faced to navigate a spectrum of temperatures (don’t even get us started on those sweltering commutes). In between layers in textured fabrics offer an easy way to adapt to whatever the day throws at you. 

A cord overshirt or padded gilet under your overcoat, and lightweight jackets padded with down enable you to shift layers without losing the character of your outfit. What’s more, they bring a utilitarian vibe that’s not too formal and pack down easily unlike bulky winter coats.

For smarter outfits, natural fabrics like wool are never out of style. “Sunspel’s washed lambswool jumpers feel like cashmere but are sturdier, so they’ll last longer for a fraction of the price,” Luke says. 

Ready to invest in a new, texture-filled winter wardrobe? It might even make those dark mornings feel a little brighter.

Words: Ella White
Photography: Andras Hari
Styling: Alice Watt