Despite the definite chill in the air, many of us have yet to buy a new winter coat and boots.

These staples require much thought as they’re basically our cool weather uniform and can come with a hefty price tag.

But while you’re carefully choosing what to invest in, you don’t have to sacrifice style.

The easiest and most affordable way to update your look is with accessories.

And the high street is chock-a-block with pretty but practical accessories to elevate your winter wardrobe.

Oversized woollies

Layering is one of the top trends this season.

On the AW18 catwalks, designers piled coats over jackets and capes over coats, combining different textures and creating new silhouettes.

In Ireland, we’re no stranger to layering but it can be a difficult trend to pull off without looking bulky.

A simple solution is to wear an oversized scarf. Scarves are obviously winter essentials but we’re talking big, blanket-like scarves here.

Raise your style game even further by opting for leopard print or plaid.

Scarf from New Look: €14.99

Scarf from River Island: €25

The belt bag

Go hands free with a belt bag, the bum bag for grown ups.

Whether you go for a practical clip-on or a sexy chain strap, the belt bag looks super luxe cinched around the waist.

Large enough to fit your essentials inside, the belt bag comes in an array of colours and fabrics – leather, studded and quilted – and can be worn with everything from jeans and a blazer to a sequinned mini dress.

Belt Bag from River Island: €33

Belt Bag from New Look: €14.99

Belt Bag from Penneys: €8

Cover your head

One of the loudest messages from designers this season was cover your head.

While we’re not sure if we can get on board with balaclavas, we’ll definitely be sporting the brightly coloured berets and beanies that were spotted on the AW18 catwalks – the brighter the better.

90s favourite the bucket hat has been given an animal print makeover, while the popular baker boy hat has gone futuristic with a metallic update.

Beanie Hat from Pamela Scott: €12.99

Bucket Hat from New Look: €8.99

Baker Boy Hat from River Island: €25

Scarf dressing

It seems the Queen was an unlikely AW18 muse as designers sent their models strutting down the catwalks wearing retro printed silk headscarves knotted under their chins.

Your granny’s go-to accessory is your new best friend!

If donning a headscarf and going full on grandma sounds a bit too much, you can sport your silk scarf around your neck, knotted on your bag or tie it in your hair.

Scarf by Paul Costelloe for Dunnes Stores: €20

Scarf from New Look: €9.99

Hair clips

For far too long, our hair has been neglected by the fashion industry.

However, designers have been swept up in the ongoing 90s fever and hair clips are back with a bang.

From jewel-encrusted barrettes to plastic slides, even butterfly clips and the comb hairband have reappeared.

Hair clips are an easy way to transform your locks from basic to bold in minutes, and mask unwashed hair brilliantly.

Hair Clip Multipack from River Island: €17

Two Pack of Hair Clips from New Look: €7.99


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