The simplest way to look sharp when the weather’s gross? Commit to a colour

It’s dark, it’s freezing and it’s wet. So, if dragging yourself out the door in the morning is a chore, this style hack is for you

We know how you feel; finding the willpower to throw back the covers and stumble (let alone leap) out of bed in the mornings is not easy at the moment.

It’s dark till 8am, it’s freezing and it’s permanently overcast – all of which means that choosing your day’s clothes is probably falling lower on your groggy morning routine priorities list than usual, not when there’s black coffee or a few more minutes in a piping hot shower to plump for.

Thankfully though, if thinking about your wardrobe is one early-morning challenge too many, help is at hand. As the winter season rolls gently into spring, tonal style is still very much in vogue. Mixing two or three colour shades in one outfit looks sharp, sleek and put-together, and requires a lot less effort than trying to figure out what colours in your wardrobe complement or clash with each other before you’ve had your Weetabix.

Experimenting with different pieces in these four staple winter colours is an easy place to start. Here’s hoping these looks inspire you to try something new.

Army green

1. Reiss double-breasted melton Chesterfield coatReiss army green coat, tonal style guide

Was £375, now £180,

2. John Smedley ‘Orta’ merino rollneck


3. Officine Generale ‘New Fisherman’ washed slim-fit chinosOfficine Generale chinos



1. Valstar goat’s suede shirt-jacketValstar suede shirt-jacket


2. Camoshita brushed cotton T-shirtCamoshita T-shirt


3. Lavin suede and calf toe-cap sneakersLavin tonal style



1. Oliver Spencer ‘Waltham’ corduroy blouson


2. Folk striped jersey T-shirt


3. Crockett & Jones ‘Coniston’ Derby boots in rough-out suedeCrockett & Jones Coniston boots



1. Ami Paris raw denim trucker jacket


2. Trunk ‘Seymour’ chambray shirt


3. Universal Works tapered pleated trousers