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White shirt Wednesday: the urban explorer

urban explorer styling silk shirt down leather and fur

The big-city chill has certainly descended on most European capitals, leaving the sartorially pre-emptive dresser free to finally break out those winter outerwear statements that she bought with clever forethought last season. The perfect weather to lavish yourself in swathes of leather, shearling, faux fur and duck down, we've already seen street style awash with creative looks from early bird style mavens like SJP and Keira Knightly. Donning androgynous aviator jackets and fluff-ball fur numbers, it's about time we set our sights on cosy city looks for the closing winter weather.

But, if like me, you've continued to hit the street in summer dress defiance - with 50+ denier tights to fight off frost bite, it may be time to embrace functional yet fashionable seasonal statement styles that welcome in winter with a certain inner city explorer edge. Highlighting key pieces rich in performance details take a walk on the wild side and explore androgynous, oversized jackets, slick sporty pants and luxurious furred collars for an excess of utility synonymous with adventure.

Bridging the gap between the wild outdoors and the gritty inner city, this urban explorer inspired look teams the finest heritage outwear brands with contemporary, back country inspired separates from firm prêt-à-porter favourites. A marriage of utility and urbanity, nothing expresses this union better than this nude feather down ''Fenelon' padded jacket  from Moncler. A true representation of their might and muster as a timeless outerwear and mountain wear Goliath, this utterly elegant parka-inspired jacket with detachable body warmer and fox fur trim oozes a high luxe chic.

Filling the void between the city and the back-country, these simple separates are a progressive marriage of muted autumnal tones, contrasting proportions and inner-city styling. Adding a touch of leather to this look, these RAGDOLL LA Leather Leggings incorporate a sportswear inspired touch thanks to their bi-material construction and comfortable drawstring waist. Paired with this rich and buttery silk Hepburn shirt from VAUGHAN in black lace and bright white, its formal and lavish undertones are offset by this rich and versatile Acne Studios Raya Wool and Mohair-Blend Cardigan.

Tailored to suit the demands of the outdoors and inner-city life, these hiking inspired Visvim Two-tone leather ankle boots add a retro edge to this contemporary city look. Constructed in a rich leather with traditional rope lace system, these rich and functional boots look the part paired with this covetable Fendi Peekaboo Medium Patchwork Bag that reflects the deep seasonal overtones of peaty chocolate brown, light beige and stern black used to create a cohesion between fashionable and practical pieces. Whilst this outfit ensemble may seek a harmony of fashion and functionality, there's nothing wrong with adding a touch of personality with this slightly OTT but fun and flashy Lambskin Leather Trapper Hat with Red Fox Fur Trim to punctuate the overall aesthetic.

A creative combination of technically advanced construction and fashion-forward design, embrace the inner city winter chill with this high-luxe, high-performance outfit that's sure to keep you on trend everywhere from  gallery openings in down town NYC, to hors-piste antics on the snowy peaks of Val d'Isere.

Pictured: Moncler padded jacket, Ragdoll leather leggings, VAUGHAN Coming to Dinner silk shirtACNE cardigan, VISVIM leather ankle bootsOverland lambskin trapper hat, Fendi patchwork leather peekboo tote

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