(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear

This week, we’re getting cuddly – down and dirty with the fluff.  Sounds good, right?  It’s fluff like you’d have on a teddy at Build-a-Bear, fluff that you might need now the weather has almost turned.  I thought initially that a nice jumper edit would be enough to satisfy you, but fluff is more than that. This autumn winter it comes in coatish, skirtish – all rather sheepish, geddit? – varieties; not just jumpers.  For a fluffy jumper is all very well and good, but what’s the harm in upping the fluff count and spread-eagling it over your whole body.  You can’t deny that you want to.

While the thought of covering your whole body in fabric hasn’t felt that appealing recently, the fluff brigade is on a mission to change that.  For as liberating as wearing a simple dress and sandals might be, there is something comforting about layering up.  Especially if you deny the reason for it being the beastly cold.  Forget that it’s winter, and pretend layering is just an excuse to wear all your favourite clothes at once.

Topshop has left almost no stone unturned in their pursuit for the very best fluff edit, covering jumpers – cropped and full length – coats, dresses, skirts, socks (obvs) and cardigans, which are back, by the way.  I’m quite partial to a prim and proper cardigans, buttoned like a twinset.  But let it hang open and baggy, a little bit grungey like Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent girl or not, the cardigan is nearing its new moment – you can capitalise on that via the fluff-machine.  Topshop’s v-neck comes in several colours and has long sleeves.

Talking of sleeves, here’s one for you.  Should or shouldn’t a jumper be long-sleeved?  I’m in the first camp but the jury is still out.  Just like it is on crocs, oh, wait, my mistake.  But if you’re into short-sleeved jumpers, as many are, then Philip Green’s friendly super high street store has got that wrapped up too.  The pastel cropped and short-sleeve versions are ideal.  Team them with a pencil skirt – perhaps a shiny vinyl piece, see Jonathan Saunders and Roksanda Ilincic for clues – or with jeans for down time.  And that’s something we all need.

But if you have enough jumpers – like me, that much is certain – then the fluffy monster is still rooting for you.  And while I know I said no! to any more coats and then went ahead and told you what to buy anyway, there’s some fine and dandy fluffy outerwear.  Some of them are even pink, which I sense is good news for the past few weeks on this page.  A fluffy coat cannot be, to my mind, anything short of delightful; it has all the charm of a teddy and all the snuggliness necessary without actually hugging someone.

Tip: don’t get one too long; you might end up a hot mess.  Opt for a shorter cut, something still feminine and inviting but without all that below-the-knee faff.  Save that a simpler shape, minus the bells and whistles.

So there’s that, fluff and how to use it.  While a whole Old Bear look might appeal at 8am mid-December, there is such a thing as too much.  And fluff on fluff on fluff might be it.  Proceed with caution.

1: Topshop boyfriend coat, £89, topshop.com; 2: Primark cropped jumper, £10, in store now; Miss Selfridge jumper, £39, missselfridge.co.uk; 4: Topshop Boutique angora jumper, £68, topshop.com; 5: Warehouse cardigan, £55, warehouse.co.uk
1: Topshop boyfriend coat, £89, topshop.com; 2: Primark cropped jumper, £10, in store now; Miss Selfridge jumper, £39, missselfridge.co.uk; 4: Topshop Boutique angora jumper, £68, topshop.com; 5: Warehouse cardigan, £55, warehouse.co.uk

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