If you are jetting off to Berlin this winter, know one thing... It is going to be cold, very cold. So the most important factor when packing for a jaunt to Berlin, is warmth. Expect the chill of winter until late March, and be wardrobe-ready for snow, rain or if you are lucky, crisp blue skies.
Chances are the odd museum visit, gallery perusal, market barter, hit of café culture or glug of Glühwein, and perhaps a night or two on the town is all on the agenda, after all Berlin is one of Europe’s top hedonistic hubs and cultural capitals. So your wardrobe needs to be ready for everything from meandering frosty cobbled streets by day to surviving weekend long parties in style by night. Here are our eight essentials to help you stay warm while looking good and fitting in like a local...
1. Layers of wool and cashmere
As with any cold climate, the key to pulling off a warming yet equally stylish ensemble is layers. And this winter, chunky knits, cashmere sweaters, luxurious knit dresses; capes and wool skirts are the epitome of chic and ideal for keeping the chill at bay. (A lightweight thermal top or undies might also be handy for days when the temperature seriously plummets)
2. Good tailoring
While there is very much an ‘anything goes’ attitude amongst the Berlin locals, if you want to maintain an essence of sophistication when dabbling in Berlin’s museum and café culture, well cut trousers, elegant blouses, sleek shirts, and impeccably tailored skirts and jackets are ideal. They will also work perfectly with your luxe woolen and cashmere layers.
3. An all weather coat
A warm winter coat is a given when travelling to Berlin in the winter. Shearling, faux furs, elegant parkas, snow ready quilted jackets and oversized woolen over coats will all do the trick at keeping you toasty, dry and stylish whatever the weather throws at you.
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Whether casual boyfriend jeans, slick boot cut flares or classic skinnies, jeans are so versatile for a city break in the winter, and can be worn day or night. Denim shirts, skirts, jackets and dresses also make a welcome alternative to every day jeans and again are ideal layered with cozy knits.
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5. Sunset to sunrise gear
As the clubbing capital of Europe and home to many a fine dining institution, Berlin comes alive after dark. But forget the glamour puss allure unless you are planning a night with the Berlin Philharmonic. Less is certainly more amongst Berlin’s style set, so a pair of skinny biker pants and a boxy top or a tough-luxe dress and ankle boots, should keep you on track until the sun comes up.
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Keep your feet warm and happy in boots. Flat biker boots, sheepskin warmers and suede knee boots are all ideal for meandering the streets in style and comfort. Keep your heels chunky especially if you’re planning on pounding Berlin’s cobbled streets.
7. White trainers
If you really want to keep up with the European cool clique, then pairing your tailored separates, denim and luxe woolens with a pair of white sneakers is the only way to step out. They also happen to be super comfy too.
While a hat, gloves and scarf are always a good call when the chill factor rises, a scarf is also an extremely handy styling tool to perk up a limited capsule wardrobe. Whether silk, cashmere or faux fur, go for patterns, print and a medley of colours to work with your day and night gear.