You know it’s a funny old thing how I often fail to take my own advice.
Like when I go on about spending good money on the clothes that you will wear most often – not spending money on clothes you think you should wear. “If you mostly want to wear jogging bottoms and furry boots, buy the best jogging bottoms and furry boots you can afford” is the sort of awful patronising shit I would say.
And then what happens is I don’t do it myself.
Well, here I am acknowledging this personal failing.
It has been hot this year – not sure if you noticed – but it’s been so hot I had sort of forgotten what it was like to be cold. Then on a chilly day in half term I took Sam to have a runabout with his mates in the playground. Sam can play with his friends for literally 9 hours straight so I was just sitting in the playground getting colder and colder and thinking “I see THIS is why I wore those fleecy North Face joggers for a month straight in that cold snap”. Jeans, or even those really thick leggings from Lululemon, when it’s really cold, well – you might as well just splash your legs with ice water and run down the street. You forget all about this until it gets really cold and then you cannot buy warm gear for love nor money.
And then, as I hopped on the spot in the playground trying to get warm I recalled in that selfsame cold snap last year an elegant lady at my local butcher. She was wearing a dainty pair of turquoise joggers, nice clean Uggs, a cosy sweater in a sort of teal colour and one of those high performance puffas. I’m sure she thought she looked awful but she looked great, uplifting. And she looked comfortable and WARM.
I have three pairs of joggers – two are so revolting and stained that they are for when the entire house is down with Noro only – never to be worn out of the house. One pair really ought to just be tossed to the rag boys; the other pair are the North Face ones, which are technically for teenaged boys, they do the job – but elegant they are not.
So I went to Hush and bought myself two pairs of joggers (size down)
Then off I went to Celtic and Co for some shortie boots. I have not bought a new pair of cosy boots for ten years and I don’t understand why not (actually I do, I feel resentful about buying something so functional). In the depths of winter they are the only things. Take your normal size.
I also finally got one of those collarless jackets from Uniqlo for when I need something to slip under a smart coat and am not ready to go full Canada Goose. I am 8-10 and take an S in this.
I mean, let’s face it, elegance and style kind of go out of the window when it’s really cold, as I have a feeling it’s going to be again this winter, but we can aspire to be something else, can’t we? Jaunty, perhaps. Cosy. Cheerful? I think you can hold your head up high on any casual day dressed in natty joggers, clean booties and a colourful sweater. Here is the updated version of the red sweater I am wearing in that photo.
Or look at this look at this!! From J Crew – I have a lot of J Crew knitwear and it holds up very well.
Here is a lovely one from Whistles.
I think raspberry is an underrated colour.
You can also of course go for a sweatshirt. (You have to be careful with joggers and a sweatshirt though – it can look a bit literal.) I’m sure you have something already but if not look at this charming and nice and plain “Every Day” sweatshirt from TopShop.
There is something irrepressibly indefatigable about wearing a sunshine yellow sweater in the sleeting rain. I think it’s called a Blitz spirit and I think we all need more of it.