So the festive season is over and the bleak, frozen and possibly sober expanse of January stretches out before you. A time to reach for the monochrome woollies, wrap your scarf tight and keep your head down until spring, right? Wrong! Be like the champs of street style and fill your winter wardrobe with colour and dapper flourishes. Here's how London's trendiest are doing cold-weather cool.
Winter street style
By Matt Glazebrook, 2 January 2015
Left: Essentials for winter: rugged brown boots, a matching grown-up holdall, a nice smart mac to keep your crisp white shirt dry, a big bushy beard to keep your face warm. Non-essentials for winter: braces to hold-up your painted-on skinny jeans. But we like 'em anyway.
Right: New Year's Eve has been and gone, but no one told this chap. He's party-ready 365 days a year, with his monkstrap shoes, smart trousers, waistcoat, bow-tie, smoking jacket and scarf. All together, perhaps a bit much for most tastes, but as individual pieces to add a bit of flair to your winter duds? Absolutely.
Left: This friendly-looking chap is a veritable treasure trove of statement winter pieces. Classic pea coat? Check. Shearling collar? Check. Flannel shirt and beard? Check. Big brown boots with just a peek of thick woollen sock, in the traditional fell walker's style? Check. Cheerful, big, bright scarf to warm the whole thing up? Check. Trousers that sit somewhere between the jegging and an Alpine explorer's thermal long johns? Um, sure, why not.
Right: ASOS Stylist Kieron Watts presents another sharp take on the lumbersexual trend. Slim grey jeans marry nicely with dark brown mountaineering-style boots. The always-welcome navy parka looks toasty and classy, and the whole vibe says 'ready for a wintry hike to the nearest espresso bar'.
Left: Plummeting temperatures do not mean you have to ditch your sporty streetwear game, as this guy demonstrates. Fresh sneaks add the sole pop of colour to a slick and futuristic monochrome getup, while a snug scarf keeps the chill at bay. That hat's doing nothing to keep his ears warm, mind.
Right: ASOS Stylist James Welsh is a past master of cold-weather colour. Here he is in another strong example, with a simple monochrome base warmed right up with a big old red/purple scarf paired with burgundy New Balance kicks. Solid.