From last week’s Storm Ciara to this weekend’s Storm Dennis, bad weather dressing is fully on my mind as we head up to the west coast of Scotland this half-term…
Wet and windy will be the order of the day so I’m thinking sturdy, watertight boots and waterproof coats. Comfort and cosiness is always high priority as are an underlying layer of thermals – you can’t go wrong with Uniqlo’s Heattech, I’ve bought the Extra Warm leggings & socks (now in the sale), a long sleeved top and now a camisole vest in black & white (down to £7.90)…
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You’ll might have already seen me raving about the camel blazer that has just stocked up at & Other Stories – this now classic with its oversized silhouette has proved a big hit with the London Instagram crowd and the style sells out quickly! I’ve been patiently waiting for it to restock in a beige or oatmeal and very nearly succumbed to the pistachio green that dropped in Jan. But I’m glad I waited! Obvs the blazer is not for the rain, but I’m imagined this for cold & windy and wet underfoot.
Now the joggers (Topshop £25 & trending for their stylish high waist), not an obvious choice, but I’ve pulled these in as the perfect wear for a long roadtrip (I carsick easily, I need to have loose clothing to help combat that!) and for out and about on cold windy Skye beaches, just add in the thermal leggings. I’ve had a pair of Emu Australia waterproof sheepskin boots for a few years now and they are brilliant when you want the comfort & warmth of sheepskin but not the waterlog. Highly recommend. Probably what I would wear if was a dog walker!
This Awake Mode faux leather clutch caught my eye as I was trawling the new in handbag designers section on Net-a-Porter, this is a great place to look if you’re after interesting new affordable luxe designs and I just love the puffy comfort of this, although granted, not the most practical handle. The jumper is a gorgeous knit from Danish brand By Malene Birger (part of NAP’s Net Sustain collection) and beanie is & Other Stories, one which I wear most days.
I couldn’t take my eyes of this hooded H&M (£34) rain coat while scrolling. There’s an elegance to its minimal cut and it just looks cool, unlike so many rainproofs. A cosy Boden navy knit (so many of my favourite old knits are by Boden and this one is in the sale!) with the reliable design of Topshop straight denim.
I’m a big Moon Boot fan, I used to wear the big ones as a kid and teenager skiing and have since worn them in snowy London winters. There are some new Moon Boot designs, great for wet city life and this I love this water-repellant faux leather pair. Paired with cosy cashmere socks – I love a woollen sock poking at the top of chunky boots. And a good shoulder bag, from another Net-a-Porter new designer, this croc-effect one is Chylak.
And just cos’ a khaki mac is really the best, here’s another one, but warmer and from Boden. Wear with a chunky COS knit; their wool jumper quality is always so good! The trousers would need the thermal leggings beneath (but that is the joy of thermals, you can wear more lightweight pieces on top!) and are similar in style to the Sideline ones I wore last week but are no longer available. The utility chic vibe is good!
The two-tone snood from Hues & Co is one I’ve been wearing recently – you can twist and turn it style it as you like and it creates a really good barrier against the wind. I’ve also had my eye on Demellier London recently for their very chic designs, this is their Midi Biarritz bag and comes in at £335. The boots, big & chunky heaven, are Topshop.