I took the idea for this post both from the need to look like I'd made an effort (while wanting to cover every inch of myself in a thick layer of fleece) and from my favourite blogger Ulrika posting about how she can wear summer dresses in winter with the right layering. Inspired, I took up a favourite summer skirt and tried the same!
So here's the skirt with a simple top and tights - not particularly warm just yet, even with the tights! (Here was its summer incarnation.)
Taking inspiration from Ulrika, I added a pair of shorts to help trap some warmth around the abdomen and then layered up with a thick pair of socks. Which both look ugly, but that's ok as they're not going to be on show... I've also added a fitted cardigan that I've tucked into my skirt - and here's a tip, a good, stretchy waist belt is your friend when trying to look like you have a shape under lots of layers. I noticed this was also something Gok talked about on episode 2 of his new series Style Secrets so it must be true.
Now the socks have disappeared (and in fact, I added some fluffy ankle socks) into boots - my boots are a little too big for me so this is also a neat trick to keep them on. And now a big pashmina-type shawl which is both thin but also very warm. I wrapped it around me like a granny shawl because I didn't actually want it on display.
And here's my coat - which has a nice big fur collar that stops the wind going down the back of my neck. This is a Miss Selfridge coat that was on sale last year, but they also sold it again this winter so it might still be lurking in some stores. Otherwise, Miss Selfridge are pretty good for fur collar coats!
And voila! Add some gloves and I'm toasty, more stylish than if I were wearing a big ol' fleece and ready for a cold walk by the River Cam!
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