I know! Nothing for weeks and then two posts in a row.
The good news about what to wear this AW is that you don’t need to wear any uncomfortable footwear, or show off your waist or wear anything tight or loud or shiny. Because you aren’t going anywhere.
The BAD news is that you don’t need to wear any uncomfortable footwear, or show off your waist or wear anything tight or loud or shiny. Because you aren’t going anywhere.
The good/bad news is though we don’t need these sprauncy clothes, we can still be current. In fact sometimes it is more vital and important for our mental health to feel current and modern in our down-time clothes than it is in our smart clothes.
Anyway, when I say “what to wear”, what I mean is “what I will be wearing” and what I will be wearing is as follows.
Thick leggings from Lululemon
I have a clutch of stretch-cotton leggings from TopShop that I bought after Sam was born but the fact is that those cotton leggings just don’t hold you in, they’re not very flattering and they go baggy in the knees. I have got a pair of navy blue Lululemons that I’ve had for about 4 years and they’re terrific and cosy so I have recently got myself another pair, in black.
Joggers from Hush
The washed Lindsey joggers are the best – cut very generously but without pockets so no bulk on the hips. I take a size 8 in these and usually my bum comes up a solid large 10/small 12. I imagine after this past year your jogger game is pretty strong, but if you never got round to it, do it now.
A half-zip sweater
I’ve come to realise that I wear one sweater, constantly, all winter. 2018 it was a boxy yellow one from Other Stories. 2019 was a boxy grey one from Sessün. This year it’s going to be this one from Isabel Marant Étoile. Now, look, obviously I don’t expect you to spend this much on a sweater but to be up to date, you really need a half-zip. Something more affordable can be found in the men’s section of Boden, which is really where I should have gone for mine, but I what can I say, I had PMT and it was late and I was possibly tipsy.
Fashionable teen Alice who lives 2 doors down from me has had her half-zip for about 18 months now, so it’s high time it filtered up to adults.
Socks and Birkenstocks
The most very, very chic and fashionable women I know are doing this, so if you’ve got half a mind to dive in, do. I have only recently discovered that Birkenstock do a “narrow” fit, and having spent 5 years sloshing about in my too-big navy pair, I have recently bought a black “narrow fit” pair and it’s a revelation.
I’m not quite feeling what coats should be yet. Now I am no longer pushing a buggy around or standing in playgrounds in Arctic temperatures, my Canada Goose long parka thing has slightly lost its edge. What I mostly do now is get in and out of my car with an assortment of children and a Canada Goose would take up most of the space in my new tiny clown car.
(It’s a Toyota Aygo, if you are interested, and when I say “new” I mean it’s new from a second hand place). Driving while wearing a Canada Goose is also almost impossible. I imagine I will find myself often borrowing Giles’s Canada Goose gilet and wearing it over my mad Isabel Marant thing. But I am also a big fan of those large checked jacket thingies. The zenith of this style – possibly even the original – is from the Carrier Company but HM also do an excellent dupe.
Just be aware that the Carrier Company comes up absolutely enormous, so size well down.
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