Cosy find to keep you warm this autumn Article
As the leaves change from green to orange and the grass becomes crunchy under foot, our thoughts are turning to cold, crisp and cosy nights at home.
With autumn now in full swing, it’s time to dig out those home comforts that make the shorter days worthwhile, from chunky blankets to snuggle under and thick socks to thaw cold toes, to candles with warming scents.
To help you get autumn-ready, we’ve put together a list of our favourite cosy finds that’ll be sure to keep you warm this year.
No film night is complete without a bowl of freshly-popped popcorn, an overflowing hot chocolate and candles that light each corner of the room. Not to mention the soft lighting of some string fairy lights, a toasty hot water bottle and a soft blanket, to complete the picture.
Scandinavians are known for their love of ‘hygge’ - meaning the quality of cosiness and the feelings of content brought about by being comfortable - so head over to Danish retailer, Sostrene Grene, on the upper mall to plan your perfect your autumn film nights at home.
In-store, you’ll find a delightful woollen blanket (£33.70) measuring 180cm x 130cm – big enough to cover the whole family. Decorated with a mesmerising print, this blanket comes in three shades - ‘Curry Off White’, ‘Grey Off White’ and ‘Olive Green’.
For a more minimalist blanket with a little more fluff, snuggle up with the cosy fleece throw blanket (£35.00) from Urban Outfitters, situated on the lower mall. This thick blanket will lull you into a sleepy state, and comes in both shades of cream and light pink – use as a covering on cold nights or as a decorative throw for your bed or armchair.
If the kids are looking to make a cosy den this weekend, try MINISO's’s Tokyo Super Soft Blankets (£7.00) on the upper mall – not only do they make a great canopy for any homemade den, they’re the best snuggle companion thanks to their soft-to-touch fabric.
Whether you’re heading home after a long walk or a day in the office, there’s no better feeling than returning to a hot water bottle. Better still, one covered in a soft faux-fur cover like this Hot Water Bottle (£25.00) from John Lewis & Partners. Available in six colours, wrap your arms around it and feel the chill melt away as you relax on the sofa or dive into bed.
As you prepare to change over your wardrobe to match the weather outside, think about investing in some seasonal staples like the vintage classic beanies (£14.99) from Superdry, situated on the lower mall.
This simple yet stylish mottled beanie comes in a variety of colours including red, light blue and blue, grey, navy and green. You can’t beat a classic, and this embroidered hat, featuring a roll-up hem and ribbed design, is all you’ll ever need.
For more autumn-winter accessories, this elegant Cashmere Knitted Scarf (£60.00) from John Lewis & Partners comes in 10 different shades including ‘toast’, ‘berry’ and ‘burnt orange’, perfect for pairing with any formal outfit.
If you’re on the look-out for something a little more eye-catching, that won’t break the bank, try this charming patchwork Kin Knitted Check Scarf (£35.00), also from John Lewis & Partners.
Another staple to add to your basket is Barbour Penshaw Knitted Gloves, found at House of Fraser on the lower mall, complete with soft faux fur lining (£20.00 was £28.00) and in shade ‘Bordeaux’. For those on the go, try these fingerless Denim Stripe Hand Warmer Gloves (£18.00) from John Lewis & Partners.
There’s nothing quite like having toasty toes after a cold day out, and we all know the effect a pair of fluffy socks or slippers can have. Try Flying Tiger’s Limited Edition Comfy Socks (£3.00) in a variety of sizes and shades or, for a real foot hug try its faux animal-head Slippers (£10.00). Flying Tiger Copenhagen can be found on the upper mall.
A knit for every outfit
Just because summer has disappeared for another year, doesn’t mean your outfits should lack colour or style. Instead, the arrival of autumn and winter invites you to try something new, from cosy hats and scarves, to parka coats and even a new colour palette – from browns, ochres and burgundies, right through to rusted oranges, candy apple reds and creams.
No autumnal wardrobe is complete without a checked flannel shirt, like this sherpa lined Miller Wool Overshirt (£74.99) from Superdry in S - XXL. This ‘shacket’, teamed with a plain t-shirt during the earlier days of autumn, comes in a range of colours including black, red, dark grey and green.
If you’re on the hunt for a jumper that’s smart but classy, then look no further than Superdry’s Cable Knit Polo Neck Jumper
(£59.99), available in dark green, black, navy and cream. This traditional roll-neck jumper is perfect for cold evenings out.
This Crewe Clothing Cable Knit Collared Jumper (£69.99) in white from John Lewis & Partners is also another traditional knit to add to your collection, offering you a casual but ‘preppy’ outfit choice for days when you need that extra boost of self-confidence.
Channel warm summer evenings with Mango’s Striped Knit Sweater (£35.99), found in House of Fraser. Pair this Breton-striped jumper with a long-sleeved shirt and tapered trousers for a formal but refined look.
Keep the little ones warm in Next’s Chunky Cardigan (£17 - £20); supersoft chunky knit with a playful colourful all-over spot pattern, available in sizes three to ten months. With its pastel shades and cream material, this could be a good transition piece from winter to spring.
The Cable Knit Zip Neck Top (£15 - £17), also available at Next and in sizes three to seven months, features a cable stand neck and half zip fastening, for easy access. With an array of colours to choose from including blue, neutral, orange and plum purple, this jumper would suit any ensemble.
And, for those out-out kind of evenings, try this Black Animal Print Knitted Cardigan (£45.00) from River Island on the lower mall. The sophisticated V-neck and decorative button fastening makes this cardigan a party piece staple and, paired with a skirt and tights, this could be a sleek but cosy option for your night out on the town.
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