The only thing you want to wear at this time of year is something that keeps you warm and conveniently skims over the extra curves of Christmas. The very idea of wearing anything that is tight and restricting or that involves wearing tights is not a cosy thought. Mohair and angora are especially good, as these types of wool trap more air in their long, fluffy hairs, keeping you extra warm. Wool lovers beware: more moths than ever are being reported this year, thanks to recent mild winters. They're not just something you get in old Victorian houses, they also strike designer jumpers in loft conversions. To protect your woollens, you can get moth-killers that hang in your wardrobe and don't smell. If possible, you should keep your jumpers in zip bags to limit damage.

photographs by wendy carrig