I don’t know about you, but there are few things that annoy me more than seeing fashion bloggers post outfit photos in heels and bare legs in winter. I scoff and roll my eyes and my inner monologue goes something like “bitch, we all know it took you 20 minutes to remove your goosebumps in Photoshop”. We need to cover up and battle the elements, not get frostbites and pneumonia. So, in the spirit of my passive-aggressive inner monologue, I give you my personal A/W wardrobe staples.
I’ll buy regular wool, lambswool, merino, alpaca or cashmere, oversized or fitted, but it has to be wool. I always stop by Benetton in the sales to see if I can grab a good deal their sweaters, and I love to stop by places like Velouria Vintage to hunt down pre-loved cashmere whenever I’m in Oslo. I seem to own nearly every color except black, so this year I’m allowing myself an oversized black sweater despite my shopping fast.
Not because it’s winter, I live in these all year around.
Ooh, wild card! Don’t worry, I can explain. I hardly ever wear mini skirts in spring and summer. I am blessed with very long legs and thus I don’t feel like I can rock mini skirts with bare legs or sheer tights unless it is sweltering hot outside, and even then I prefer shorts. In winter, however, I can wear them with opaque black wool tights. Much less skanky! And when it gets absolutely ridiculously freezing cold I can wear them with a double layer of wool tights. You can’t fit that many pairs of tights underneath your skinny jeans, that’s for sure.
I have a city chic one from FWSS (the Fru Johnsen) and a blizzard chic one from Fjallraven (the Kodiak). I think this will be the Kodiak’s 4th winter and it is still as good as new. Definitely worth the investment.
Wool beanies + wool scarves
I have the Acne Canada scarf in both gray and burgundy and they have pretty much been the only scarves I have bothered to wear for the last two years. They also do double duty as blankets in cold offices.
No suede allowed! These babies need to withstand snow and rain and ice. I love my lined Dr. Marten’s, but I think I need to get another pair of boots to alternate. I will never understand how Norwegian girls can wear Uggs all winter long, because I imagine they will get soaking wet if you as much as look at a puddle. I would love a pair to wear inside as slippers though, but I’m not sure I’m ready to fork over that kind of cash for a pair of glorified slippers.
Wool tights, wool tanks, wool socks, wool fingerless gloves.
Can you tell I like wool yet? If you need more tips on how to dress for cold weather then the lovely Maria wrote a post on How to Dress For Freezing Winter Days a while back. It was written two and a half years ago, but like fine wine her posts only get better with age, and they are much more informative than my own navel-gazing drivel (yes, I am sucking up, my birthday is only two weeks away).