There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes.

Topshop velvet trousers

The clocks have gone back, summer is officially over, hurricane Sandy is disrupting the East coast, snow has settled in some parts of the UK, my knees are feeling the cold, but I have to say, I love the start of the chilly period. It means that my winter wardrobe can come out, you can eat lots of yummy comfort food, drink red wine in pubs with open fires and use the cold as a reason to stay in and watch X Factor. I’m basically a homebod at heart trapped in the body of a party animal!

My favourite part about winter is definitely getting all dressed up to keep warm and cosy. I’m off to Copenhagen this week in search of a dance studio for a Neon Fuel event in February 2013, and I’m excited about the warm winter clothes that are going into my Samsonite suitcase. I love completing a look with a great coat, warm scarf and a hat.  Going in my suitcase to insulate me against the crisp Copenhagen days is my Day Birger et Mikkelsen felt hat (left), Joseph fur gillet and Chloe oversized giant white scarf.  I’ll be sure to take photos of all three during the course of my trip.

I hear a lot of people complaining about having to wear heavy coats, having too many layers or being too cold etc. As the title of this blog suggests, it’s all in the planning. So, what are you wearing this winter? I think you can have loads of fun with winter clobber and I also think it’s easy to rehash old favourites because there are so many staples, such as, the black jumper, the long leather boots, the tailored coat etc. For instance, I’m still loving my long leather gloves with my mohair fingerless long gloves over the top for when it’s really nippy.  I never look at magazines with the intention of following trends, but on some subconscious level, I’m sure I do. No, I know I do. If you had said to me 15 years ago, you’ll be wearing skinny jeans, some furry, ugly, long boots and a parka I would have laughed. But as a true fashion victim, I am! SHIT!

I asked my uber stylish friend and chief sub editor of Luxup magazine, Amy Sollitt, to give Neon Fuel an insight into what she will be wearing this fall.

“For me, winter dressing conjures up images of somber palettes, heavy layers and practical staples. Where’s the fun? This season’s opulence – in the shape of brocade, velvets and floral prints – has given me a new sense of optimism. My Zara floral-print trousers have taken me from summer to winter in one easy step, while a pair of wide-legged velvet trousers(featured image) are proving to be the ideal day-to-evening staple. Oxblood is this season’s go-to alternative to black; one of my favourite wardrobe pieces is a burgundy and black heavy wool kilt from Topshop Unique. Winter needs a refreshing blast of whites, and I’m currently on the look out for an ice-cool skirt to team with grey cashmere and white cotton jumpers. Leather never strays far from my wardrobe – from trousers and jackets to accents on skirts or coats – and my relaxed boyfriend-style trousers are a great way to give cold-weather outfits an edgy update. Maybe this winter isn’t going to be so dull after all.”

My final must have for winter is a good nail colour. An all black winter outfit can be brightened up with some colourful nails. However, I never tire of Essie’s ‘wicked’ (left). Wicked by name…

For more information on Luxup go to http://www.luxup.com/

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