I’m not really a new year’s resolutions kind of girl – mainly because the idea of starting off a year by repeatedly telling yourself you’re in desperate need of improvement sounds like kind of a downer – but I do think it’s good to work towards the kind of life you want to live, so today I wanted to talk about one of my goals for 2017: going out more.
There were big chunks of last year when my anxiety really got the best of me & I found myself saying no to pretty much every social engagement, preferring to spend my evenings & weekends snuggled on the sofa. This wasn’t the end of the world, & time spent at home is really good for my mental health, but I ended up missing out on a lot which sucks so it’s something I’m keen to change for 2017.
I find it particularly hard to get hyped about going out in the dark Winter months when the biting cold can make heading outside seem like a chore, so I figured I’d share some of top tips for staying warm & cosy on Winter nights out in the hopes of convincing myself (& maybe you) that it’s not so bad after all.
In the Winter, layering is key. When you’re constantly switching between the freezing outdoors, warm bars & sweaty clubs a light jacket can be a total lifesaver. I’m a huge fan of this soft pleated blazer from ASOS Curve – I’m wearing the pale pink version but it also comes in black, olive & peach – all of which are perfect for layering during the transitional months. I’d also highly recommend trying the socks & heels combo – it’s not for everyone but if you’ve got a cute pair of socks like these glitter ones from Monki then why not show them off (& keep your feet nice & warm).
I also swear by a good coat & this floor-length, wool number from New Look Curves is a winner – because it’s black it’s super practical & versatile, while the faux fur collar (which is completely detachable) keeps it feeling luxurious. I think New Look’s outerwear is really under-rated – I bought my last New Look coat (which is currently on sale for just £21) almost three years ago now, wore it almost every day during the Winter months & it’s still going strong.
Obviously chucking on a scarf is a super sensible & practical decision but that doesn’t mean it has to ruin your outfit. I love this herringbone patterned scarf from ASOS & because it’s neutral it doesn’t overpower everything else. I also want to give a shout-out to this perfect little bag from New Look. It’s unfortunately now sold out but there are velvet bags everywhere at the moment & they’re a super easy way of adding a bit of luxury & a pop of colour to an outfit.