So someone failed to tell me we are at the middle of the year. News to you as well? Join the club!
Anyway, remember my winter capsule fail last year? It’s been a year since that experience, so I was actually quite excited to try my hand again and see if I could make 2016’s winter more appropriate and comfortable.
Mind you, it’s still taken me the better part of this month to finally realise and settle on what my go-to uniform in the cold weather is, but figuring that out has made dressing in the chilly mornings that much easier.
Winter is my least creative season to dress for – it’s all about layers and keeping warm, and very little to do with looking fashionable or cute. I want to feel like I imagine John Snow does in his fur trimmed cape, but with a little less hair grease and a few more hot showers.
I basically live in jumpers and jeans, sprinkled liberally with lighter knits for layering, wool socks, and scarves. I don’t do button up shirts, open cardigans, anything cotton or three quarter sleeve, cuff rolling, distressed or skinny.
If the pants don’t cover the ankles, they’re out – I hate cold ankles; if the neckline is plunging, v or scooped, it’s out – I hate a cold chest. It’s all about maximising warmth with a basic silhouette.
Winter this year is very basic and quite literally made up of:
- 6 jumpers – either cashmere (here or here), merino (here), or lined sweatshirts (here)
- 3 layering knits (for insulation) (here or here)
- 3 pairs of jeans
Extras (mostly to use for work) come in the form of 3 cardigans, a black A-line skirt, and a pair of more formal trousers, where the central heating blasts all day and lighter layers are more appropriate in the ever circulating hot air.
I have no purpose wearing anything short sleeve, and my beloved long sleeve tshirts from autumn do very little for me when I truly want to be warm in single digit temperatures. Their role is replaced by the layering knits, all of which are either a combination of merino and silk or merino and cashmere: warm to the touch and thin enough to layer up without resorting to looking like Violet Beauregard if she over dressed instead of turning into a blueberry:
What’s your go-to clothing combination to keep you layered up and warm in the colder months?