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Be cool when it's cold

PUBLISHED: 12:22 08 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:42 20 February 2013

Ice-whited belted snow jacket from Jocavi at Rag Doll, Pudsey

Ice-whited belted snow jacket from Jocavi at Rag Doll, Pudsey

Jo Haywood finds the hottest looks for the coldest months

Cold isn't it? So why is it so difficult to look cool? It's nigh on impossible to look stylish in traditional winter warmers like woolly jumpers, thermal long johns, pom-pom hats and Michelin Man-style jackets. But these are not your only options. High-tech fabrics and a modern love affair with layering mean you can now look hot on the coldest days. Anatomically contoured jackets made from stretch fabrics will help you to create a slimmer, cleaner look for the season.Waists are tapered and shoulders are seam-free, bringing mobility to the fore and leaving weightier alternatives flagging far behind. Mineral and graphite colours are the big hitters - particularly in ski wear - with moss, slate, pale gold, ice blue and lilac featuring strongly. But if you fancy a bit more colour, there are subtle yet zingy options available with citrus yellow, orange and apple green cuffs, necklines and discreet splashes. If you are planning on taking to the slopes, forget the traditional onepiece (it looked dated in its heyday and looks almost prehistoric now) and go for a funky, practical jacket and pants instead. And if you are planning on avoiding the slopes for fear of looking like Frank Spencer in a faux fur gilet, opt for simple layers in simple colours. They feel warm, look hot and make you cool. What more could you ask for?

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