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Take it outside with stylish-yet-practical clothing, including new arrivals from outerwear specialists Regatta, Musto, and Columbia


Waterproof jackets for wet walks

Heading out on a long walk can be a brilliant and budget-friendly activity for winter weekends. Don’t let a gloomy forecast put you off – with the right layering you’ll be ready for whatever the weather throws at you.

Our men’s Stormwear Ultra anorak is made with water-repellent technology and taped waterproof seams to protect against drizzle. A toasty fleece lining helps to keep your core warm, while zipped pockets will keep your valuables safe from the elements. The striking burnt orange shade also packs a punch, making it ideal for city wear too.

For hike-worthy women’s jackets, reach for Regatta, one of Britain’s best-loved outdoor brands now available to shop online at M&S. We love this elegant beige hooded padded jacket for boosting moods with a bracing walk.

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Padded layers to keep you warm to the core

We all find it hard to untangle ourselves from our beds on cold winter mornings. Thankfully, a longline padded jacket, like this cream coat by Columbia, offers all the warmth of your duvet, even on the briskest days. Look for naturally insulating feather and down fillings to prevent any much-needed body heat from escaping. Throw a puffer jacket over a colourful half-zip sweatshirt and a long-sleeved thermal top to stay cosy all day long. Water-repellent leggings add a further layer of protection from long grass and puddle splashes.

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Add an on-trend fleece

Smart layering is the key to staying comfortable when the weather turns. The good news? Men’s fashion continues to draw inspiration from technical clothing, meaning you can stay warm and still earn style points. A cosy fleece is one of this season’s hero pieces and is an easy way to lock in body heat when the temperature drops. Columbia’s pullover fleece is lightweight enough for everyday wear – plus, it features a plush lining for comfort and warmth. Layer it over a T-shirt and add a padded puffer jacket when you need extra snugness, whether you’re heading off on a hike or just walking the dog.

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Accessories to suit any activity

Our range of outdoor accessories has you covered from head to toe. Protect your kit from the worst of the weather (and look cool on the commute) with this roomy backpack. Look out for clever designs which can be unzipped to create a separate bag perfect for stashing muddy shoes, and scuff-resistant fabric for long-lasting quality, helping you to look the part no matter how far off the beaten track you travel.

Our super-soft knitted beanie hats are made with recycled acrylic and are also pretty nifty for covering up bad hair days, while our wind-resistant gloves are touchscreen friendly, meaning you can take that all-important summit selfie. Keep feet sweet in a pair of comfortable walking shoes, with odour-fighting technology and padding for all-day comfort.

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Words: Dulcie Emerson

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