Currently, there’s been a relatively big snow-storm on the East-side of the States, and this weekend the UK will be getting some colder weather. How to dress for it is the key question.
I apologise in advance – sorry, really sorry – (and perhaps I should keep quiet about this) but I shudder (inwardly, I hope) when people (of any age) say they prefer comfortable clothes over style, which for outerwear can often mean a generous padded jacket, fleece and jeans combo that’s not entirely stylish. But for the really cold weather I guess warmth comes first, although I’d always say ‘does the hat co-ordinate with the scarf and the scarf co-ordinate with the gloves’.
It’s the Michelin look of padded jackets that I don’t like, but just take a gander at the Uniclo jackets that are featured here. That’s a style that’s both warm and smart with lovely slim-line padded jackets topped with another layer.
The nearest I can get to that is a cream padded full-length coat with faux fur collar that I got for £3 in my local charity shop about five years ago.
It’s my warmest coat and I wear it a lot, and it’s just about big enough to put a sleeveless jerkin (gilet?) under it for added warmth. I’ve added a belt I had in the cupboard (see why in the paragraph below) – not sure.
The latest Jess Cartner-Morley take on winter-wear is also useful for this week’s weather. She suggests a belted coat although the pic of her wearing high heels and cropped trousers just sends a shiver down my spine – that’s not what one should wear in the cold!!! But I have several coats that either come with a belt or could be worn with a bought belt that would help keep away the draft of that icy wind.
Here’s a slightly more expensive coat bought for £15 from a Seaford charity shop approx 3 years ago.
This classic camel hair coat is one I wear to London. As you can see it has an integral belt. And I’m wearing it with one of my charity shop hats (£3) which I’m pleased to say I not only wear in London I also wear around my home town as well.
I’m going over to Brighton on Friday evening when the cold weather is meant to arrive. That’ll be the cue to wear that vintage (faux) snow-leopard fur coat with its matching hat. I’ll put up a photo of that outfit the following day.
That’s all for now but my message, as always, is that coats are often the most expensive item we buy, so that people have maybe one, or two, or at the most three coats in their wardrobe. But that need not be the case if you search for that bargain in the charity shops. Then you can have coats for all weathers and all occasions.
Do tell me more about what coats you wear in the cold weather.
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper
P.S. Photos still a bit grainy, so I’m considering using a tripod to take slower res pics – I think this is called a #learningcurve