Winter has well and truly arrived here in Scotland. With temperatures struggling to get above freezing it’s time to start thinking about staying warm. Dressing for cold weather whilst avoiding the Michelin man look is a skill. Being Scottish I like to think I possess this skill. Although I’m definitely guilty of the Michelin man look during the morning dog walk. It’s all about having a few key pieces and knowing how to layer them properly. Today I’m sharing 5 winter essentials you need in your wardrobe to stay warm and stylish this winter. Each of these essentials will help keep you warm and stylish all winter and will work with everything else in your capsule wardrobe.
1. A Cosy Knit
This winter essential is pretty obvious coming from me since I live in cosy knitwear from October to March every year. There are so many options available you are sure to find something you love. I recommend looking for knits with a high wool content as these tend to be warmer. I have written a lot about why I love wool, read why wool and my knitwear guide for more information. The knit I’m wearing here is from Whistles (bought last year, similar here) and is one of my go-to knits for freezing cold days as I know it’ll keep me warm and cosy.
2. Beanie Hat
I was never really a hat person up until a few years ago. I started working outdoors over the winter and discovered the power of the simple beanie hat. They really do make a massive difference when it comes to keeping warm. I have one on my head most of the winter. Instead of putting the heating on all day (just think of the bills) I’ll often throw on a hat for extra warmth while working at my desk. My hat is from Finsterrre* (available here) and is so cosy and warm.
3. Good Boots
In Scotland, winter means lots of rain and snow so a good pair of boots is a must. If the weather is really bad I just wear my walking boots as they are warm and waterproof. This is great for walking the dog but sometimes you need a more stylish option. This is where a pair of good leather boots comes in. As you know I have several pairs of ankle boots, both flat and heeled, but sometimes you just need high leg boots. That extra length really does make all the difference to keeping your legs warm. I would always recommend investing in good quality leather boots which will last for years. My boots are from Ted & Muffy (bought last year, style still available here).
4. Warm Scarf
I think adding a scarf can make a huge difference to an outfit and can make you look put together. Plus they also keep you warm. I like a massive oversized scarf which can double as a blanket. Perfect if you ever find yourself sitting in a draft or on chilly public transport. Mine is from Zara (bought a few years ago, similar here).
5. Thermal Base Layer
This last essential is my secret to staying warm and stylish during the cold winter. You can add a thermal base layer to any outfit and it will keep you warm no matter what. I tend to go for a vest style over long-sleeved tops (unless I’m outdoors all day) as I find the long sleeved tops get too warm. Just wear your thermal vest like you would any other vest top underneath your knitwear or shirts. My thermal top is a merino wool and silk mix from Lana Bambini (who also have a super cute range of baby clothes) and is one of the softest thermals I’ve owned. It’s so comfortable and warm and thin enough to wear under any top. And the best part is Lana Bambini is an ethical brand with no sweatshop labour or nasty chemicals in their products.
To help you all stay warm and cosy this winter Lana Bambini are giving away one of their thermal vests to one of my lucky readers. All you have to do is fill in the rafflecopter below to enter. The giveaway will last for one week and I will contact the winner within 24hrs. Prizes will be arranged and dispatched my Lana Bambini, I will only be involved in making the initial contact. The giveaway is only to UK entries. Good Luck!
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