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The winter wool pack; It's the season's cosiest catwalk trend. Banish winter chills with Katie Wright's guide to the coolest woollens.

WOOL for winter. Not exactly groundbreaking in trend terms is it? Well, actually, knitwear was really big news on the AW14 catwalks - literally.

The Row (that's the Olsen twins' label) took the prize for most oversized, with a humongous cowl-necked jumper and trousers combo, while Stella McCartney and yarn aficionado Mark Fast also went for the slouch-factor with layers of chunky woollens.

Even designers who usually shy away from such an organic fabric, like Phoebe Philo at Celine and Marc Jacobs, spun a yarn with head-to-toe ribbed knits.

It all adds up to some seriously seductive comfortdressing options when you need them most.

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From blanket wraps to stand-out separates, face the frosty weather with our pick of the wool pack.

SUPERSIZE ME GO the catwalk route with slouchy, supersized knitwear - the bigger the better. A hefty cowl collar, chunky cable detailing and lengthy scarves all fit the bill. Worried these details will supersize you too? Then look for pieces with just one of the above.

TH MAP YOUR COORDINATES THE most faithful catwalk homages on the high street are the head-to-toe coordinate sets in wheat and stone hues. A tricky look to pull off, the key to woollen coords is how you accessorise.

If you're going casual, keep it simple with ballet flats or high-top trainers, but to dress them up, let the trouser hems fall over pointed-toe stiletto boots and add a couple of gold bangles or a blingy cocktail ring.

FUZZY LOGIC TAP T into the head-to-toe TRENDwithout going totally co-ordinated by mixing and matching woollen separates. If you miss the summer staple tube skirt, try a fluffy version paired with a slouchy sweater and ribbed tights, and top off with a faux fur jacket for a sumptuous mix of feel-good fabrics. Autumnal reds and browns go well together, as do pale, fawny tones, the ideal match for brown leather accessories.

BLANKET COVERAGE THE ultimate winter woollen, a capacious cardigan or blanket coat is the perfect style prescription for self-diagnosed Seasonal Affective Disorder. By day, a big dip-hem cardigan isn't just warm, it's actually a secret slimming aid, because the roomy shape makes your arms and legs look thinner - just make sure the sleeves and your trousers are slim-cut too.

Mink Colour Wrap, PS35 'IT' KNITS IF WASHED?OUT woollens aren't your thing, pick one impactful piece and work your outfit around it. But we're not talking Christmas jumpers or cutesy animal motifs - look for graphic knit prints, stripes and animal prints. A longline sweater dress lets you dial the dressiness up or down according to your mood: wear it with tights and over-knee boots (the style of the season), over skinny jeans at the weekend or tuck it into a leather skirt for work.

GOOD SPORT THE track and field trend gets a sheepish spin this season, with sporty separates rendered in wool, the ideal solution if earthy tones and loose shapes aren't your thing. If you have a tendency to wear any colour - as long as it's black, a slate grey hoodie or biker cardigan will slot neatly into your wardrobe, and you'll find a pair of wool jogging pants go on high rotation, particularly when paired with patent heeled lace-up boots, to really up the luxe element.


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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 25, 2014
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