Five ways to keep wearing your summer clothes in winter

It happens every year. You invest in an amazing summer wardrobe, then it basically rains for the rest of the year. But there are a few ways to keep wearing your summer clothes in winter. And you won’t be surprised to learn that layering plays a big part…

Read on for our five favourite ways to keep wearing your summer clothes in winter.

1. The slip dress

The 90s revival has given us a lot of great summer looks, but none have really taken off like the slip dress. Everyone from Gigi Hadid to Rihanna has been spotted in some version of a slip dress this year. The delicate spaghetti straps and light material make it the perfect sundress for fashionistas. But it’s not the most practical outfit for winter.

Wear it for longer by layering a polo-neck sweater in a contrasting colour underneath the dress. Black tights and chunky ankle boots will finish off the look.

2. Gingham

A stealth trend of the summer; gingham is rapidly overtaking plaid as the ‘off-duty pop star’ pattern of choice.
Luckily, it’s easy to wear in any weather. Wear your gingham shirt with denim shorts in the summer, and with jeans in the winter. Layer a simple cashmere sweater over the top for that preppy all-American vibe.

3. Florals

Floral prints are a hit every single summer. And this year’s best-selling floral prints have come in slightly darker hues that make them perfect for winter wear.

Grunge up your summer florals with black tights, platform boots, and an oversized woollen cardi.

4. The pleated midi skirt

The pleated midi skirt made a big comeback in 2017. In pinks, pastels, brights or metallics – they have been spotted at just about every party, festival and wedding this year.

Luckily, it’s easy to keep wearing your midi throughout the winter. To begin with, just swap out your vest top for a plain white shirt (tucked into the waistband, of course), or a slouchy sweater. Then add a ¾ length coat and a reasonably sized heel and you’re good to go!

5. Chiffon

Blame the Kardashian-Jenners for this one. See-through dresses threatened to go mainstream in 2017, while chiffon panelling suddenly appeared on all our clothes.

However, this is a surprisingly easy trend to alter for winter. And the secret is – you guessed it – layering! Try layering a plain t-shirt under a chiffon top, or wear a chiffon dress underneath a your favourite ‘going out’ dress to give it an instant update.

Six ways to beat thigh rub on hot days

Nobody wants to talk about thigh rub. But for the vast majority of us, it is a very real – and very uncomfortable – summertime problem. Thankfully, journalist Lauren Bravo has taken up the cause and come up with six ways to beat thigh rub on hot days. Read on and never suffer from chafed legs again…

1. Talcum powder

If you’re happy using it, a good talcum powder can mop up sweat and keep friction at bay for a short while. Just be prepared to reapply regularly, and to leave a suspect trail of white dust in your wake. 3/5.

2. Dry shampoo

By the same logic of absorbing moisture and stopping friction, a powdery dry shampoo should be a thigh’s best friend – but although a spray can make application much easier than talc, one intrepid tester reports that “it turned into a paste really quickly”. And if the Friends episode with Ross’s leather trousers taught us anything, it’s to stop right there. Emergencies only. 1/5.

3. Body Glide the Original Anti-chafe Anti-blister Balm

A little like applying Pritt Stick to your thighs, Body Glide is a heavy-duty barrier balm that promises to resist sweat and protect your skin all day. It works a treat on blisters and under bra straps, but on tender thigh skin my tester found it more of a nuisance than a help. “I was just very aware of it at all times,” she says. Let’s not talk about the identical “For Her” version that comes in a pink tube, either. 2/5.

4. Lanacane Anti-chafing Gel

Working on the principle of keeping your skin slippy, rather than dry, Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel gives the same silky finish as a silicone-based face primer. On the thighs, it feels nicely soothing and reduced friction up to a point, but on a long, sticky walk we found it actually made things more uncomfortable. Best for short-shorts, where a fabric barrier would look weird. 3/5.

5. “Comfort shorts”

We’re talking long-line, microfibre pants, somewhere between Spanx and long johns. They give reliable protection, but the main drawback is that they add an extra layer of insulation to what is, frankly, an already sweaty situation. Best for cooler days and spontaneous cartwheels. 4/5.

6. Bandelettes

Like the lace tops of hold-ups without the tights below, Bandelettes were invented specifically to prevent thigh chafing and look vaguely sexy, not surgical. Much breezier around your nethers than cycling shorts or tights, once they’re on they stay put all day and a pair could last you years. I discovered them a few years ago and have never looked back – except to boast about my unchafed thighs as I hike cheerfully up hills in a midi dress. The Holy Grail. 4.5/5.

In conclusion…

It sounds like Bandelettes are the way to go, but in a pinch, it’s good to know that a few bathroom essentials can offer a bit of relief. As well as talc and dry shampoo, good old-fashioned Vaseline is a reliable cure for thigh rub. Keep a tub in your handbag while you wait for your Bandelette delivery to arrive.