We’re coming to the end of winter and you can definitely feel something springy and warm in the air!
Here’s a snap of some of my most worn pieces over this winter.
Crew neck cashmere merino jumper // Silk merino crew knit // Cashmere jumper
Wool cardigan (similar here) // Cashmere cowl jumper // Cashmere merino dress // High rise boot cut resin wash jeans // High rise boot cut stone wash jeans
And here’s a snap of some of my least worn pieces.
You’ve heard me say it again and again, but the point of winter clothes for me is to feel warm and cosy. Style wasn’t high on my list. However, here’s a few lessons I’ve learned from this year.
Wool and cashmere are excellent insulating fibres.
And they feel beautiful worn directly on the skin! I usually wore two jumpers layered together and I was toasty and perfectly comfortable from the early morning frost to the late night chills. Just add scarf and jacket if going out, and a bit of extra jewellery for a dressier look.
High waisted jeans are the bomb!
Oh thank goodness high waisted jeans are back in again. I hate a cold lower back, plumbers crack, and the inability to keep a tucked shirt tucked. In addition, now that I’m older and my body shape has changed, the high waist keeps my tummy nice and contained, and I don’t have to suffer the humiliating combination of muffin top AND aging.
Jeans and jumper is my cold weather uniform.
Jeans and jumper is easy and requires no thought. There is a flip side to this however, and that is you’re just wearing jeans and a jumper.
In order to inject a bit of variety into future winter wear, I’m going to need to incorporate a few more cardigans, some shirts, and visible layers so we’re not left with a single block of colour on top and bottom, with no highlight or feature.
I felt less like I was dressing for the day as opposed to dressing in what essentially became a daytime version of pyjamas – cosy and warm but a little bit drab and repetitive.
I really enjoy wearing winter dresses.
I didn’t think I would be reaching for my one and only knitted dress at all this winter, but this cashmere and merino one has been a firm favourite. It’s easy to wear, surprisingly cosy when paired with thick socks and good leggings, and is a complete outfit by itself. A no brainer!
If it’s not wool, I’m not wearing it!
I kept hold of a few long sleeve items, intending to use them as layering pieces: a long sleeve silk blouse, a cotton long sleeve tee, a cotton long cardigan.
However the last thing I wanted to put against my skin first thing in the morning was anything that wasn’t knitted, wasn’t made of wool, and a teeny bit cool to the touch.
I did use these pieces on some of the warmer days of winter but overall I didn’t get much use out of them as I thought I would have.
Don’t forget colour and pattern
I started down a similar path as last year’s winter capsule, and found that I had a lot of very little colour – mostly shades of grey AGAIN! Will I never learn.
About midway through I started feeling antsy about getting dressed in the morning and realised that I hadn’t included enough pieces of colour. The few items that I did have were far too thin to be layered with my knits comfortably (once you get to about 3 winter layers, you start feeling like a waddling penguin with your arms stuck horizontal).
A mid season session of shopping my closet was required to try and inject a bit of variety into the mix, and the rest of winter passed relatively smoothly.
So what have I taken away from all of this?
I’m still trying to find my style, particularly my winter style. This season really should be easy to dress for because your ultimate goal is to feel warm. I was surprised though, despite my non-committal attitude to style, I actually missed feeling stylish in my winter getup.
I’ve got no answers at the moment, and the only thing I can do is wait until next winter rolls round and experiment yet again. That’s all right though, I’m good with repetition.
Have you found your winter style? What do you do that keeps you warm but also makes you feel put together and ready to take on the world?