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With temperatures falling well below zero, Moscow is the ideal city break if you want to experience a real Russian winter.
While Moscow may be plunged into icy temperatures for several months a year, the city itself is still as lively as ever. With a packed programme of cultural events, vibrant nightlife and a jaw-dropping cityscape of colourful churches and imposing architecture, Moscow is a great choice for a winter city break.
And the city doesn’t just look great above ground – it has an impressive underground network, with one of the most ornate metro stations in the world. It’s like boarding a train in a stately home, with glittering chandeliers, huge sculptures and white marble surfaces.
Packing for Moscow
There are plenty of stereotypes about Russian fashion – from gangsters dressed in leather to soviet-era spies wrapped in sheepskin coats. Unsurprisingly, Russia’s portrayal on the big screen doesn’t reflect the city’s residents.
Moscow is not filled with sheepskin-wrapped men drinking vodka in cold courtyards (although there’s sure to be a few). There’s huge variety in the capital – with western influences creeping into the fashion scene.
For our Moscow collection, we’ve selected rugged, wintry fabrics, classic styles – and of course, chunky knitwear. Here’s what to pack for a weekend in Moscow.
This wintry shirt from Swedish brand, J. Lindeberg, is the ideal choice for a weekend in Moscow. It combines a rugged, woven cotton texture, blurred check pattern and a deep burgundy to create an alpine look, perfect for a frosty morning.
Chunky knitwear is essential for any trip to Russia and this Stone Island sweater is a great choice. With hefty ribbed cuffs, collar and waistband, this sweater has a classic style and the military-inspired compass badge is the finishing touch.
Wrap up warm with this CP Company jacket. Constructed from two layers and a faux fur trim, this jacket is sure to keep you warm as you explore the streets of Moscow. Whether you’re taking in the sight of Saint Basil’s Cathedral or exploring the Neskuchny Gardens, you’ll be zipped up in CP Company style.
A pair of jeans should be the first thing in your suitcase. These BOSS jeans are ideal – designed in dark, ‘scandi’ denim, they’re a wintry choice in a thick, rugged denim.
Complete your look with a pair of brown, suede boots. This lace-up pair from BOSS Orange will take you from the frosty courtyard to a warm cosy pub in wintry style.
The knitwear doesn’t have to stop with a sweater, this Barbour hat is the perfect addition to your winter wardrobe.
This lamb’s wool and cashmere scarf is another great knitted extra. Barbour is the master of warm and practical design, so this scarf is sure to keep you wrapped up warm. Plus, the signature Tattersall pattern is guaranteed to bring a touch of the English countryside to Moscow.
In the Bag
Get ready for your flight over, with this Paul Smith flight bag. Designed to fit snugly in the overhead luggage, this bag has an eye-catching headphones print – just don’t forget your actual headphones for the flight over there!
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