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From lounging trousers to navy, five looks to ease you through January

Forget about kale and crunches, and all the new year, new you rubbish and start the year as you mean to go on. Think Me-tox, not detox, and opt for more of what you love. In fashion terms, midlife style is about modern uniform dressing with a singular twist. Here are five foolproof ways to keep chic and cheerful this January:

Wear navy, lots of it

Winser poloneck and woven leggings.
Photograph: Winser

Those of us who didn’t spend Christmas in Costa Rica are feeling a bit pasty right now. Time to embrace the complexion-warming properties of a timeless navy polo neck. Winser London’s will be available online this week, comes in cotton and is perfect with woven leggings or dark denim jeans. Take the Jean Muir approach and go head-to toe by adding a pair of Boden’s Westbourne boots – it’s the grownup way.

Get a proper coat

Jigsaw degrade sheepskin coat.
Photograph: Jigsaw

I know, I know, talk about stating the bleeding obvious but I never promised you The Brief History of Time. With new (ish) designer Sheila McKain Waid at the helm, Jaeger has gone back to oh-so beautiful basics. It’s definitely worth checking out the coat collection in the sale. And don’t forget there’s always sheepskin: Jigsaw’s gorgeous dip-dyed jacket is greatly reduced in price and would look fab with a felted wool fedora.

Wear a single standout piece

Sam Edelman black petty ankle boot.
Photograph: Sam Edelman

Take it from an expert in the art of casual glamour; every outfit requires one standout piece, whatever the season. Sequins are unusually warm – and incredibly stylish; Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent says so. Avoid the OAP vibe by opting for a camouflage zip jacket or a posh jumper and team with black cigarette pants and leather ankle boots. Saint Laurent patent leather Chelsea boots are the dream but my reality is more Atterley Road than Avenue Marceau.

Saint Laurent classic single-breasted jacket in black sequins and satin.
Photograph: Saint Laurent

Easy does it

Getting back into the work groove isn’t easy after two weeks lolling around. So what’s needed is something effortless and chic and as comfy as old pyjamas. Boden’s lovely printed tunic doesn’t feel too buttoned-up and is an excellent way to perk up a pencil skirt – and I bet it looks even better with a pair of MiH Marrakech flared jeans.

Easy does it part 2

Winser leggings.
Photograph: Winser

I never thought I’d find myself hankering after a pair of pull-on trousers but maybe I am my mother’s daughter after all. Slim black pants are a fashion essential, and as I’m still in the mood for lounging around, these pull-on tapered leg trousers from Winser London are perfect right now. Swiftly smartened up with a merino wool coatigan and preppy loafers from Grenson.

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