I’m always cold. Always. I’m probably the last one to bare a leg in summer and have been known to wear a hoodie in bed so this week’s refreshing weather quite literally felt like it froze me to the core. There are the obvious style tactics to stay warm i.e. leggings under skirts and thermals (God bless Uniqlo Heat Tech) but I don’t know about you, I’d prefer not to look bundled up in the same section of my wardrobe from now until summer…
There’s nothing quite like a bit of transitional weather to put your wardrobe to the test. Added to which my no spend March has had me working my clothes extra hard so I thought I would share some of the more stylish tactics I have been deploying that mean you can enjoy parts of your wardrobe that might not be weather appropriate just yet.
Socks with Trainers
Now this might seem like a no-brainer but I am talking about socks that are meant to be seen, not the annoying-roll-under-your-feet trainer socks (M&S do some that don’t do this and are brilliant FYI) that do nothing for your bankles (bare + ankles). Bridge the gap between your hemline and shoe in style with some sports luxe socks or if you are feeling brave go for the glitter lurex ones that the high street also has to offer. You will be snug and warm in a heartbeat.
Now this is one of my current favourites. Those that know me know I have a coat problem. I have way more than the average person needs and my husband constantly reminds me of this BUT he can’t argue when I wear two at a time. Yes – it’s a thing, I’m not just trying to maximise the wear of them all – utilise your thinner spring coats with another one underneath. A trench is a great candidate for double coating, too thin to be worn alone but roomy enough to whack a blazer or denim jacket under for extra warmth* and should the weather get balmy later, you can simply whip one off. *Plus the extra collars act like a scarf.
Layers, Layers and more Layers
Again this seems an obvious one but it’s all about layering in a stylish way as opposed to just throwing on clothes like you’re trying to save luggage costs at the airport! I was recently very kindly gifted a thin knit jumper from M&S (pictured above). It’s as soft as cashmere but comes in at a mere £12.50 and is available in an array of colours. I will no doubt pick up some more and I know already my cream version is going to be worn with everything. Under dungarees, denim shirts, over shirts and of course under dresses, the term wardrobe staple is bandied around a lot but this truly is one. The same is true of the polo neck version I’ve used below. Never underestimate the value of a good polo neck. Worn under a shirt dress or with a boilersuit, a thin knit polo will not only keep you crazy warm, it has the power to make everything look grown up. I’ve also waxed lyrical about investing in a classic white shirt but again, this staple can be teamed with so many other pieces it will earn it’s cost per wear easily. Don’t be afraid to double up layers as I’ve styled below.
Dresses over Trousers
This mini trend came in last year and I was a big fan then so I was keen to crack it out again when the mercury dropped. I’m actually quite proud of the fact that so far this winter/spring I have managed to not wear tights once. I don’t particularly like them at the best of times but especially now Daisy loves a dress, I have enough of a hassle putting them on her let alone wearing them myself – which is where this tactic comes in handy. All you need is a dress you’re gagging to wear and a pair of jeans and you’re good to go.
I hope this helps you through this chilly time and inspires you to start wearing clothing with a nod to spring – hopefully if we all dress that way we might just bring the sunshine and warmth back!
This post was not sponsored. All thoughts, writing and opinions are my own.