Think of bonfire night and visions of cosy crowds huddled together with sparklers, mulled wine and the awe inspiring sight of colourful explosions come to mind. However, the reality is often frozen toes and the overpowering urge to hug a Catherine Wheel just for warmth due to the lack of sufficient layers.
For an evening spent outside, it is key to err on the side of caution and wrap up even if you do end up in a warm pub 10 minutes after the fireworks have ended. This, of course, does not mean you have to cover up your usual style but instead one that is going to enhance your look, not hide it.
The options for winter this year are limitless and with trends ranging from androgynous tailoring to 1960s exaggerated printed faux fur, there is more than enough to work with. Here are the key styles IBTimes UK will be wearing to keep warm.
A classic hard-wearing style that is ideal for every day and perfect for standing in a field for bonfire night. Topshop has refreshed the signature khaki green style this winter with patchwork faux fur lining inside the hood for added detail, while Mango is offering a fabulous navy design with an exaggerated faux fur trimmed hood. For those looking for a style that will work for your commute, Phase Eight's fur trimmed style or Whistles' wool mix parka are a sophisticated update.
The insouciant elegance of an oversized tailored jacket can be applied to so many outfits from distressed jeans to slip dresses. For bonfire night, this style is perfect as it provides expert coverage and warmth as well as looking sleek. Pick a style in good quality wool or a weighty alternative to ensure it will do more than just look good. Lemaire's navy notch lapel coat in Melton wool is all of the above and will be amazing with a knee-high leather boot, while Zara's loose double breasted design works perfectly with biker boots.
A bolder choice and a popular trend throughout autumn and into winter, faux fur and in particular coloured faux has been seen everywhere and both are ridiculously cosy and striking. British label Shrimps has dominated the market of late with its amazing brightly coloured faux pieces and this bottle green design is perfect to stand out in a crowd of people. Similarly, Uterque will get you noticed with its beautiful array of patchwork shearling, while Whistles and Topshop's monochromatic offerings are perfect for wearing all day and night – and all winter, basically.
Clockwise from top left: Acne Studios shearling lined suede jacket; £2,000, MyTheresa, Tobacco shearling coat, £380, Atterley; Shearling Aviator Jacket in Storm; £895, Reiss; Tan Suedette Double Breasted Coat, £49.99, New Look
A marvellous result of the ongoing 1970s trends that have permeated the catwalk and high street is shearling. Better than layering 10 jumpers underneath, one well-crafted shearling jacket is all you need. Acne's black bomber will never stop being a fantastic investment piece for everyday wear. Reiss' aviator jacket is another great contender in icy grey, while Atterley and New Look have recreated the classic car coat style in faux shearling that are considerably less expensive and no less impressive.
Bonded wool and buttonless blanket coats are perfect for throwing over and wrapping around an oversized sweater or knitted dress, or simply layering over a pair of jeans; they are an extremely versatile and malleable item to have in your wardrobe. The lack of a stiff hem or button creates a very relaxed style. Warehouse and Next's bonded seam offerings have fantastic oversized lapels, while the options from Maje and &Other Stories are a great way enjoy a more modest version of the trend.