Dina Toki-O’s favourite season is here – winter! She shares some of her fashion tips to battle the cold weather.
I am, by far, more of a winter person than a summer one – I much prefer walking amidst fully-clothed and covered people than semi-naked ones! Especially living in the UK – people see an inch of sun as a chance to get the fake tan, bikinis and shades out!
As a hijabi, winter is the time I get to wear my hijab without constantly being asked if I’m feeling ‘too hot’
As a hijabi, winter is the time I get to wear my hijab without constantly being asked if I’m feeling ‘too hot’. I love being able to layer up and keep warm, cosy and practical while battling with the dreary British weather. And in today’s post, I’m giving you a few tips on how to keep warm and stay trendy.
I know how hard it is to find your perfect winter coat in those weeks creeping up to the winter season, especially when everyone’s out looking for one at the same time.
First, you have to try to find a coat that fits perfectly. Then, there are so many styles out there now that it’s hard to pick out which will be ‘in style’ the longest! Picking the right colour is another decision to make, and you might find that you’ll be drawn to black simply because it goes with everything, despite how bored of it you may be.
Shopping can be frustrating at times eh?
As I’ve mentioned before on many occasions, my solution would be not to shop on the high street – vintage stores and charity shops for the win! I always find what I’m looking for at these shops, and of course, for a fraction of the price.
A good tip for finding your perfect winter coat is to go for a timeless piece – something that will always be ‘in’ and keep you looking classy in winter. Instead of your usual dull black, go for a neutral nude; you can liven it up or you can keep it plain when you’re going for a simpler look.
By layering your clothes, you’re also giving yourself the option to play around with other trends, like for example, print mixing
If, however, you are going to go for your usual black, then a good idea would be to go with the ‘all black everything’ look. By doing so, you’ll turn your usual drab ‘last resort’ go-to outfit into a ‘fierce’ statement one.
Okay, so maybe you’re not feeling the ‘fierce’ look today, so swap your black coat for a slouchy, cosy-knitted jumper instead – comfort and class!
A great tip for the chillier seasons is layering. I tend to stay away from layering but only because I can get claustrophobic in too many layers. But, I do love seeing layers on those who find it comfortable!
My sister is a huge layering fanatic without even realising it. By layering your clothes, you’re also giving yourself the option to play around with other trends, like for example, print mixing. Try plaid prints with stripes, they always work together. A good tip is to find one common colour in the prints you’re mixing, and wear the larger print at the top, working your way down with smaller, more defined prints.
In terms of accessories, I find myself playing around with a lot of faux fur scarves that keep my neck and chest area snug. Sometimes, these fur collars or shoulder pieces can be what maketh your outfit.
As for my hijab, I don’t know if any of you notice but I do less and less bun/turban styles during the winter. I simply cannot handle the cold, so the more coverage the better!
And let’s not forget boots. They’re still a form of layering! One of the best things about the winter season is that we get to wear boots. Personally, I love my knee highs – both leather ones for the day, and velvet ones for the evening.
Finally: bags. If I weren’t me (and have lots to carry everywhere), then I’d opt out of using a bag at all. The ‘hands-in-the-pockets’ look is much more effortless and chic, and my goodness, it is so comfortable being able to walk around without an extra weight on your arm. Plus, it allows you to fully concentrate on keeping both hands warm rather than juggling turns in order to keep them both at a decent temperature!
Have a great winter, everyone!