Thursday, 18 January 2018

Winter Staples

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Meanwhile in Finland...

I thought I'd take a break from my travel wardrobe posts and talk about winter wear a bit. Or winter in general. Because now it seems that winter is finally here.

These pictures are from a few days ago, and as you can see, there's no snow. But yesterday it started snowing, and it hasn't stopped yet. Of course, we've had some snow (or sleet, whatever), several times, this winter, but this time it looks as if it might actually stay for a while. And no, I'm not excited. Personally, I'd rather skip the whole snow-and-ice-and-way-too-cold part of the winter. But as I live in (southern) Finland, it's not going to happen. Winter is only just getting started. The cold, snowy, inhospitable winter, that is.

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 My Winter 'Uniform'

This is what I wear on most days: cords (or jeans) and a cashmere sweater. Not very imaginative, for sure, but it keeps me warm and looks OK. And that's all I care about when I get dressed (too early) in the morning.

You see, I'm not a morning person, and getting up early is simply torture. So, it would be way too much to ask to actually have to think about what to wear; instead, I just reach for something in my wardrobe, put it on and get going. And because my winter wardrobe mainly consists of jeans/cords and cashmere sweaters, that's just about doable. Most of these items can be mixed and matched endlessly, anyway, and I tend to go for a limited set of colours that work well together.

Yes, it's an extremely lazy approach to dressing, and one that requires zero creativity. But I'm fine with that. In the morning I'm happy if I can remember my name and where I'm supposed to be going; if my clothes match, that's a bonus.

Why cashmere sweaters, you may wonder. What's wrong with wool, or angora, or mohair? Nothing, except that I can't wear them. Allergies... Yes, wool and mohair are itchy (yes, even the softest kind), and angora causes an immediate sneezing fit. As far as I'm concerned, wool is for outerwear only (i.e. wool coats are OK; wool skirts, trousers or sweaters are not).

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that I hate layering. So, layering something under the sweater is out of the question. In other words, to shamelessly plagiarise a famous 80's advertising slogan: nothing comes between me and my cashmere sweater...

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Outfit details:
cashmere sweater: Jigsaw / down jacket: KappAhl / 
trousers: marks and Spencer (old) / bag: Coach 

What are your winter staples?




  1. When life gets hard, comfort gets important. Ease and warmth are valuable. I know you live in two places (England and Finland); have you ever considered living in a warmer climate?

    1. A warmer climate... Hmm, maybe for winter, when I retire. One day...

  2. I find wool itchy too and have recently bought a cashmere in the sales. I assumed I'd need to layer underneath but given your experience then perhaps not. Thanks for the information.

    1. I always wear cashmere next to my skin, and it's absolutely wonderful.

  3. I think you have a wonderful winter formula, and there's nothing bad about cashmere any day of the week : > thanks for linking up, xo


  4. You are always so fabulous in these purple tones! Love the stripes. And I love that you say true to own sense of style!

    Thanks so much for linking up with me On the Edge!



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