HOW TO GET DRESSED: BEAT THE AIR CON

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Q. The air conditioning is so high in my office and I really feel the cold. I feel too mumsy in a cardigan. How do I keep cosy but chic whilst at my desk without resorting to sitting around in my winter jacket?

A.The temptation is always there to throw on a pashmina or cardigan but they truly can ruin an outfit. If you wear shift dresses they are easily transformed with a polo neck or pretty ivory blouse layered underneath.

There are also infinitely more knitwear options available that do the job of the cardi but add to the look rather than detract. Laark’s Milano jacket is a knitted blazer – comfortable and warm but with the appearance of structured tailoring.

GIG Brasil’s cardigans are nipped in at the waist and elongated at the front so an not to cut your body off at the hips. They have a hint of sparkle to them so can be worn day to evening. Alternatively, go for a maxi cardigan from House of Dagmar – the drama of the full length makes it a strong piece rather than a meek cover-up.