How to stay warm in the Big Freeze

For the benefit of any overseas readers, England is freezing right now! For the past couple of weeks, temperatures have been subzero and the country has ground to a halt with public transport systems and airports facing huge delays or closing alltogether. Snow, ice, arctic winds…this country just isn’t equipped to deal with it. It’s been a struggle just to keep warm, and style-wise it’s all gone out of the window. I don’t have sensible shoes with enough grip to cope with ice, I don’t have thermals. I’ve been looking like the Mitchelin man I’ve had so many layers on. 3 tops under a jumper, two cardigans over 2 tshirts, 2 pairs of tights and socks..this is taking layering to extremes! 

Having perused some of my favourite street style blogs, I feel much more inspired to take on the cold weather without piling on half my wardrobe!   


Boots may seem like the sensible option, they certainly are the most efficient way of keeping warm. 

 But some shoes are far too pretty to be neglected til Summer! Tight are an obvious answer, but I’m going to try socks over coloured tights and patterned tights over plain tights. Every layer helps. 


Warm coats are an absolute must. This sheepskin coat looks wonderfully cosy and warm, I’ve not seen any in the shops but the second I do I’m snapping it up! Hoods are optional.



Coats and jackets don’t have to be an annoying necessity which cover up your statement pieces, they can be the statement.


I’ve always been a fan of layering, but for the past week or so my layering has been crazy and haphazardous at the best of times. The complete opposite end of the spectrum to the urban cool of Rick Owens or Alexander Wang! 

Sometimes dresses are too tempting to leave in the wardrobe and too pretty to cover up.

Mix up textures and layers

Reena Rai

Reena Rai is a 30-something London-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for 10 years (!), previously at before launching her self-titled blog.



  1. Join the Gossip
    January 13, 2010 / 9:50 pm

    I guess after reading this I need to stop complaining about LA weather. It's been in the 70s and I have been uphappy that I wasn't experiencing a real winter. We don't really have season changes in Southern California =/But, when it gets to about 60 degrees I am freezing. So I guess I can't complain.Hope the coldfront passes quickly =)

  2. E
    January 14, 2010 / 2:25 am

    I love the socks vs boots option – makes so much more footwear workable!

  3. daisychain
    January 14, 2010 / 10:55 am

    wonderful post girly <3

  4. Alyssa
    January 14, 2010 / 4:08 pm

    When Florida got down in the 30s, I was wearing multiple layers and that hardly kept me comfy. I can't even imagine how to deal with subzero weather, let alone fashionably. This definitely helps with chic cold weather ideas!

  5. Juliet
    January 14, 2010 / 6:47 pm

    So many good advices!juliet xxx

  6. Maria
    January 14, 2010 / 6:57 pm

    The most beautiful coats.loved=**

  7. Victoria Hart
    January 15, 2010 / 10:43 am

    Fantastic post, everything you suggest is absolutely necessary! xxx

  8. Christina
    January 15, 2010 / 10:52 pm

    I'm loving over the knee boots right now!

  9. Sheena
    January 15, 2010 / 11:02 pm

    I love…… re the boots, if it snows again next week Reena ucould always invest in a pair of Hunter wellies, theyre all the rage in Marie Clair at the moment.

  10. marian
    January 15, 2010 / 11:07 pm

    those are gorgeous picks hohey,thank you for letting me know about your new url, congrats on it!xxmarian

  11. Winnie
    January 16, 2010 / 3:50 am

    Layers are defnitely the way to go! I've been wearing tights and leggings and socks and boots and coats. Gahhh I hate layering up so much but it feels so much better than just throwing on a scarf!

  12. Couture Carrie
    January 16, 2010 / 1:17 pm

    Gorgeous post!Congrats on the new site ~ I will change your link on my Fellow Fashionistas!xoxox,CC

  13. SR@MyStyle
    January 16, 2010 / 7:34 pm

    Great post and I'm a one for more layers!!

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