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“This balmy weather is ruining my life, but I’ve found the perfect style solutions”

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Billie Bhatia
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You know climate change is real when it is 16 degrees Celsius in November. Follow these simple styling hacks and you, too, can beat this balmy weather. 

I can’t take it anymore. What is going on with this weather? Each morning there is an increasing floor-drobe forming in my bedroom as I search for a solution to the ludicrously high temperatures outside.

On Sunday night (with a considerable hangover) I climbed up to my highest cupboard to release my winter wardrobe from hibernation. It was after all the beginning of November. Cosy cashmere jumpers, every colour roll neck imaginable, knitted skirts and an array of camel coats were all carefully de-bobbled and spritzed ready for their foray back into the wild.

So, you can imagine my annoyance on Monday morning when I checked my phone to read that temperatures were set to be 16-18 degree Celsius. CELSIUS. (There was also an annoyance in that I wasted my allocated hangover movie time on wardrobe woes). 

Convinced my weather app had got it wrong, I continued with my winter wardrobe mentality and piled on the layers. By the time I got to the tube I was positively sweating – cursing the cashmere gods for making such heat-retaining clothing and dragging my coat along the platform floor, determined to just leave it there. 

Unable to concentrate on anything other than fixing my wardrobe malfunction, I ran through my options. A dress on it’s own looked too out of place, and there was no way I could endure the closeness of a fine knit jumper on a packed commuter train again – so what do I do? After much brainstorming, and much brow-dabbing, I have come up with the following styling hacks to help you (and me) survive in these dark times. 

Go barelegged

A quick way to cool down is to get a lot of balmy air circulating some skin. In short: stick to a midi-length so when it cools down in the evening you aren’t caught short. Go for one with a slit up the side as it will act as an air vent in your most desperate of times. 

Trade in your roll neck for a sweatshirt

A cotton sweatshirt is much more lightweight and breathable than it’s woollen cousin. Go for a simple boxy style in a classic colour - navy, grey or black, and pair with cropped jeans, wide-leg trousers or layer over a printed dress. 

Dig out your denim jacket

Having tried to stomach a winter coat, it’s just not worth the sweat, yet. Instead I have been sporting my summer black denim jacket. Worn with a hoody or sweatshirt, it is proving a wardrobe win when it comes to maintaining the optimum body temperature. 

Socks and shoes (don’t shudder)

Granted this is the most terrifying seasonal hack, but if the street-stylers can do it, so can you. Choose a chunky style and pair them with slides, mules, trainers or even sandals – preferably a sheepskin-lined option for the ultimate laid back luxe look.

Invest in this year’s most obscure trend

Yeah, it’s time to buy some cycling shorts. But don’t worry, we aren’t going to insist (just yet) that you should wear these on their own. No, you will be needing these for under your dress in case a big gust of cold wind (sweet relief) comes calling – or for when you’re outside the pub, the temperature has dropped and you wished you had worn jeans. 

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