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In with the new: how to survive January in style

Winter winners … Pyjamas by Olivia von Halle, sweater by Cos and scarf by Acne.
Winter winners … Pyjamas by Olivia von Halle, sweater by Cos and scarf by Acne.

Navigate the post-Phoebe-Philo world

The departure of Phoebe Philo from Céline will leave a gaping hole in our wardrobes. Luckily, the high street is full of Philo-esque minimalism, which, if you’re a consummate liar, you can pretend is Céline. Wear this sky blue jumper from Arket and it will be like she never left! Fashion’s equivalent of sticking fingers in your ears and singing la la la. MF

Arket wool jumper
£89, Arket.

Ditch your statement earrings

What with Ivanka Trump’s mismatched earrings, Zara’s rhinestone danglers and the clavicle-grazers from Saint Laurent, we’ve had it up to here with statement earrings. We are post-earring. This spring, it’s all about looking ahead, getting a bit “mystic” with your accessories. Think the aesthetic at Dior’s show, which was inspired by Niki de Saint Phalle’s Tarot Garden, or whatever is on sale, like this Aquarius pendant, from Astley Clarke. MF

Aquarius Zodiac Biography Pendant
£30, Astley Clarke.

Pretend you know what you’re doing in the gym

With masochistic self-improvement a customary part of January, you may as well look the part if you decide to join the gym. No one likes a Johnny-come-lately though, so if you want to blend in, wear a sports bra in something tonal or neutral (like this NO KA’OI khaki-green Ola bra) and wear it like a top. Yes, it feels weird and naked but it’s that or look like a cardio tourist. MF

NO KA’OI Ola performance bra
£68, available from

Become a wrap artist

Permission has officially been granted by the Met Office to wrap yourself in the softest, most enveloping layers you can find – didn’t you hear? Take our word for it. This generous maxi scarf from Acne – the kind that wraps around your shoulders, neck and head – will have you feeling ready to brave the morning commute. SC

ACNE STUDIOS Canada Fringed Wool Scarf
£140, available from Liberty.

Wear less Scandi and more saturated shades

Even those of us who usually favour the most muted of Scandi shades will attest to the mood-lifting virtues of wearing a Mondrian-approved hue and this Cos sweater is certified. Expect guaranteed cheeriness and compliments (trust us, no one can resist commenting on a colour-pop look), – dry January needn’t extend to your wardrobe palette. SC

£125, Cos.

Swap sloth for sexy

Start the new year on an optimistic note with a transitional take on the faithful PJ set. Forget fleecy onesies, it’s all about silk shorties from now on à la Olivia von Halle’s emerald green design. Less sloth-like, more sexy Sunday, indulging in your downtime look is a proven way to beat the blues. SC

OLIVIA VON HALLE Millicent silk-satin pajama set
£242, available from Net-a-Porter.
This article titled "In with the new: how to survive January in style" was written by Morwenna Ferrier and Scarlett Conlon, for The Guardian on Tuesday 2 January 2018 06.14pm


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