It always rains in Britain, right?
No, of course not. But good rainwear certainly comes in handy at times (remember last year’s floods?). It may get quite windy, stormy even, but it’s seldom cold (for the record, for me anything below 0ºC /32 ºF is cold, anything above that not really), and there might even be a snowflake or two at times. So, a good winter parka and wellies (rubber boots for my American readers) are necessary.
I’m a bit of a minimalist when it comes to my wardrobe: I’m always looking for that one coat that goes with anything, or any situation. But this winter I’m finally starting to accept that it’s a ridiculous idea, especially for someone who shares her time between two countries with very different climates. So, I set out to get a couple of coats suitable for the British winter and stop carrying bulky coats back and forth.
I started by analysing the situation: if I wasn’t restricted to one or two coats, what would I want to have? And is there something I would have needed in the past? And then it hit me: last year when it was really wet and stormy, this is what I thought I’d need : a pair of wellies and a parka.
Now, this isn’t exactly my default choice of outerwear; I usually prefer something a bit dressier. But I need something a bit more casual to wear when running errands or doing the weekly shopping. You know, what some people would call ‘walking the dog outfit’. I guess now I just need a dog…
What’s your choice for winter outerwear?
PS: Dilettante Artist has her own blog now, The Dilettante Artist’s Gallery, where I will be posting (very infrequently) random pictures: illustration, photomanipulation, that sort of thing. And there is a pretty, new widget on the sidebar to take you there…