French Connection pounds 100 Tough black nylon puffa with a faux fur collar and drawstring waist. Smart enough for city wear and practical enough for the country. Minimal styling means it won't date. From selected stores nationwide.

DKNY pounds 195 The yellow of a New York cab for this hip and stylish body warmer, suitable for town or country. An investment buy that will never go out of fashion. From DKNY, 27 Old Bond Steet, London W1. Black rollneck pounds 95, also DKNY.

Sportmax pounds 260 The soft lemon colour of this jacket is a pleasant surprise, and it feels comfy and snug in a soft, rib fabric. The most sophisticated of the jackets shown here, with a flattering rounded shape.

From Max Mara, 32 Sloane Street, London SW1.

Warehouse pounds 69.99 The high-fashion version in metallic petrol satin.

Not an investment buy, but perfect for this season as a Christmas party cover-up or for shopping. A little bulky, however, and do not get it wet.

From selected Warehouse branches nationwide.

C&A pounds 49.99 Oversize, very warm, but not for the city. This deep red jacket is in a sporty country style. Get your partner to buy it and then it is yours to borrow; not the most flattering but it will keep you snug and dry. From selected C&A stores.

Gap Kids pounds 24 Silver both inside and out, in a soft, synthetic fabric, this vest is chosen from a children's line for its fashionable tight fit.

From selected branches of Gap Kids. Photographer: Bert Cross; stylist: Eva Sills,.

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