Just because it’s cold it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style.
Encorporating layers into an outfit shouldn’t mean settled for a Michelin Man-style silhouette, take for instance last month’s battling-through-the-blizzard outfit.
I had at least four layers on and was wrapped-up nice and warmly in a vest, jumper, jeans, knee-high socks, walking boots, hat, scarf, coat and gloves.
Sure I was layered-up to the hilt but I didn’t resort to clumsy, shapeless pieces, instead opting for stylish vintage separates.
It certainly isn’t warm enough to be donning shorts and t-shirt just yet, however I want to make sure I don’t have to always reach for a uniform of jumper and jeans.
To make your spring/summer wardrobe work a bit harder during the colder months, simply layer.
Last weekend it was bitterly cold despite appearing warm and sunny, so I dug-out a slim-fitting jumper that I bought on the same trip which I was Djangoed.
I paired it with a Salvation Army skirt I picked up last year, thick black tights, a knitted collar, court shoes and my trust Windsmoor angora and wool blend coat.
This coat has seen me through many a cold and blustery day and has fast become a wardrobe staple.
The length ensures that your legs are kept warm right down to shin-level and the high faux-fur collar is perfect to snuggling into as you battle a head-on Arctic blast.
Don’t be put off by wearing skirts or dresses when it’s cold, think of them as hard-working components of your winter wardrobe by teaming them either with high denier tights, leggings or long johns.
This ensures that although your pins are out, they’re kept warm and cosy a win-win situation!
Simple vintage separates can prove to be a girl’s best friend in any capsule wardrobe as they can be re-styled to suit any occasion.
Hanging on an Age Concern sale rail was this lovely mint green Berketex jumper with a price tag of just 79p.
This jumper would look equally good paired with cigarette trousers, a blazer and brogues as it does with a skirt and court shoes.
This statement collar not only adds an interesting design accent to an otherwise plain jumper, but also keeps the chill from my neck.
This Sportleigh of London skirt is another versatile piece that looks great teamed with dainty courts or chunkier boots.
I love the contrast between the fresh mint green and the earthy brown and black tones.
To finish off the look I added my lovely Bally court shoes, but if the weather was bad adding a pair of leather boots, or even wellington booties would have done just the trick.
Next time the weather outside is frightful, give your spring/summer wardrobe a chance, just add layers!
Wool/angora blend coat: Windsmoor via a vintage store (Wigan), Christmas present from Mama & Papa Vintage
Jumper: Berketex via Age Concern, (Bourne) 79p
Vintage-style detachable knitted collar: Handmade, Free
Plaid skirt: Sportleigh of London, via Salvation Army (Wigan) £2.99
Belt: Free with a dress
Leather court shoes: Bally, via Oxfam Originals (Manchester), £20