January fashion can feel like a massive comedown after the sparkle and glamour of the festive season. However, this is the time to invest in the hardworking basics – knitwear, coats and active wear – that will see you through the year. Instead of going mad in the post-Christmas sales and buying things at random simply because they have a ‘70% off’ sticker, take a look at the clothing you already have and assess what you need. If you’ve always wanted a capsule wardrobe, now is the time to choose the colour palette and styles you love and bring it to fruition.

1. Oversized collar ‘coatigan’. Blarney Woollen Mills, €129.95.

It’s not always easy to look elegant while wearing heavy clothing which is why this piece is an excellent addition to your wardrobe. Knit with the finest sustainable merino wool, this Aran coatigan will keep you cosy and comfortable while you’re out and about.

2. Blue high waist flared jeans. River Island, €58.

Blue high waist flared jeans €58, River Island

Every wardrobe needs a good pair of blue jeans and this pair from River Island ticks all the boxes. Designed in a high-waisted finish, they’re fitted around the top but wider down the leg. Made with comfort stretch denim, they might feel snug at first, but the more you wear them, the more comfortable they become. Whether worn with high heeled boots or trainers, these jeans can be styled up or down depending on the occasion, while simultaneously keeping you warm and well-covered.

3. Avelyn convert jacket. Divine Boutique, €199.

Avelyn convert jacket €199, Divine Boutique

Moving away from the greys and blacks of midwinter, this beautiful green coat is perfect for chilly days but also features detachable sleeves so you can wear it as a gilet. It has a zip fastening that is covered with a buttoned panel and the cuffs are elasticated to keep the heat in.

4. Striped jumper. Choice Boutique, €60.

Striped jumper €60, Choice Boutique

With soft material and a modern design, this eye-catching crew-neck jumper will look just as good with smart black trousers as with jeans and a blazer. The unusual colours work brilliantly together and will add a pop to any daytime look.

5. Knit dress. iClothing, €49.99.

Knit dress. €49.99, iClothing

A cold-weather favourite, the high-neck knit dress is an easy to wear piece that guarantees comfort and style for many occasions. Whether you’re wearing it to the office or out for dinner, style it with tights, heeled boots and a coat and you’re good to go.

6. Relentless 7/8 leggings. Gym Plus Coffee, €70.

Joggers in blue grey €49.95, Fitpinkfitness.com

If you’re determined to be more active this year, it’s important to invest in decent basics like leggings and runners that will provide the foundation for your exercise style. The 7/8 length of this pair is perfect for a variety of activities and the draw-cord and high-rise waistband provide plenty of support, keeping you secure and confident throughout your routine. Convenient pockets on both sides are excellent for locker keys, credit cards or your phone.

7. Snood set in pearl navy. Ivory Lane, €34.95.

Snood set in pearl navy €34.95, Ivory Lane

If you love being snug but don’t want to relinquish all sense of luxury, this pom pom hat and snood set with pearl detail will elevate any day-to-day outing with its subtle nod to glamour.

8. Rainbow hoodie. Begley and Bowie, €100.

Rainbow hoodie €100, Begley and Bowie

Inject serious colour into your winter wardrobe with something that radiates positivity from sustainable Kenmare-based brand, Begley and Bowie. This unisex hoodie, which features the phrase ‘When it rains looks for rainbows’, comes in four different colours and has a loose, generous fit.

9. Women’s running shoes. Sports Direct, €160.

Women’s running shoes €160, Sports Direct

Whether we’re aware of it or not, most of us think about taking up, increasing or just maintaining our fitness in the New Year. These lightweight but versatile trainers from ASICS. offer support and comfort for varying levels of exercise.

10. Stradivarius soft touch wide leg jogger in navy. Asos, €15.99

Wide leg jogger.

If you’re not a leggings person, joggers are a good compromise for everything from working out to cleaning the house or simply lounging at home after a long day. This pair has a relaxed and wide leg style with two practical side pockets and a drawstring waistband.

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