It’s over two months until the clocks spring forward, which means that we’re in the midst of – what feels like – eternal darkness. It happens every year and it never gets easier to adjust. And to make matters worse, it’s January; infamously worst month of the year for mood, money and making your way outside. But it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom when it comes to what you wear. While January has very little to offer where most things are concerned, there’s plenty of opportunity to freshen your wardrobe and bag some key pieces you can wear through every season.
But ‘what key pieces?’ we hear you cry. Well, the best way of playing the fail-safe game of picking your signature wardrobe is opting for a reliable print – one that can be dressed up or down. And it’s no surprise that animal print has come up trumps again. This season, it’s accompanied by large hand-drawn designs, countless colours and transitional style. We’re excited already.
A Bug’s Life
We start with a sure-fire winner for enduring all months between January and December. With it’s soft-touch fabric and relaxed shape, this tunic dress is ideal for weekends spent inside and out. It’s got two pockets on the front (handy), and we’ve even nicknamed our friendly ladybird – meet Dottie. Plus, it goes with everything from tights to sandals, so you’ll always be ready to go, no matter where you’re heading.
Style tip: Throw it with a denim jacket and white trainers for a crisp nearly-spring look.
Into The Zoo
Professional animal-printers who aren’t afraid of a challenge, please see this dress. Adorned with an array of wild animals, a self-tie waist and smart buttons running down the front, the black base helps the colours to pop. Easily layered in more than one way, it’s one of the less subtle ways to begin the season – we’re a little obsessed with it.
Style tip: Knee-high boots are the best option for cold days.
Don’t Change Your Stripes
Light, stitching detail, a flippy hem – this midi dress has got ‘new year, new me’ written all over it. This beautiful number is decorated with a plush zebra print that’s shown off with every step you take. The forest green colourway is thrown in for good measure, making it an excellent choice for your Friday office outfit.
Style tip: A faux-leather jacket to start, a long gold chain necklace next and a pair of chunky boots to finish.
Wild at Heart
Fancy a holiday to the savanna? Save your cash. Instead, opt for this tunic dress. With an infusion of vibrant tones and a quirky cheetah print on the front, it’s made from slinky and stretchy jersey that moves with your body and – let’s face it – it looks super-chic. Cue all the poorly constructed cheetah jokes…
Style tip: All this needs is gold hoops and your favourite boots.
We’re sorry to break the news that you’ll still need to think about a coat this season. Although on the bright side, they are getting thinner. In a sugary-sweet shade of pink, this wrap coat ticks all boxes when it comes to transitioning well. It’s elegant, it’s decorated with birds and above all, it completes every outfit.
Style tip: Take this look from afternoon to evening by pairing it with dark jeans and swapping your knit for a floral blouse. Heels optional.
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