On the news this morning here in Dallas I was hearing how the stores are emptying fast of warm essentials for the icy weather that may well not come this year as it did last.
In the UK without a doubt we’ll have some of that, frost, ice, snow (and forget for a moment the pouring rain when only a full length hooded down coat will do).
When it comes to the crisp cold days fur lined boots, alpaca fur hats, cashmere scarves and sheepskin gloves are a few of my favourite - and essential - things to have at the ready from November to March.
I always try to be organised with gloves but somehow without fail at least one ends up in a never-to-be-worn-again coat which makes its forlorn partner totally useless. In the same way if I may look at last year’s warm lined boots (not the flat slop-around kind, but those you can actually walk in) and think it’s time they were replaced (euphemism for it’s time for a treat).
Either way, there’s never been a better moment to take stock of your cold weather essentials and have them at the ready. You never know, it may snow tomorrow…..or the day after. Added bonus, these would all make perfect gifts for Christmas.
Gloves: You can spend a fortune on sheepskin gloves, which I think, bearing in mind the inevitability of what I mentioned above, could turn out to be a waste. These gloves by Nordvek will keep your hands just as warm, but if you’re looking for a real treat then check out the gorgeous sheepskin gloves by UGG at a totally different price level.
Boots: Fur lined or fur trimmed with thick rubber soles are my favourites. Smart enough to wear out and warm enough to cope with anything. They go between heels and snow boots perfectly.
Scarves and Snoods: Cashmere or cashmere blends and faux fur will keep you the warmest and there are plenty to choose from at all price levels. My favourite is Marks and Spencer’s fine cashmere long scarf which is long enough to wrap around you several times and beautifully soft. Zara had a gorgeous Limited Edition cashmere wrap size scarf as well – if you spot it in a store snap it up, they had sold out when I last checked.
The little added luxury: Mint Velvet’s Mongolian trimmed sweater vest will keep you warm and everyone will ask you where you bought it. And I know these things.
I seriously dislike being cold, all of the above will do double duty as gifts and essential treats. See if you can resist.