What To Wear When It’s Really Freaking Cold Outside

What To Wear When It’s Really Freaking Cold Outside
Carly Jacobs

‘m a hard core winter lover. Even on beautiful, temperate summer days, I still kind of wish I was wearing a wool jumper and ugg boots. I was raised in Canberra so I never feel quite right unless it’s under 10 degrees at all times.

Having said that I just got back from balmy Indonesia and Melbourne is freaking freezing. Not Canberra freezing (I’ve never had to scrape ice off my car in the morning in Melbourne whereas you practically get given an ice scraper with every car purchase in the ACT) but it is a touch fresher than I was expecting. I usually don’t have much trouble getting out of bed in the morning but I’m finding it to be quite a struggle at the moment. It’s just so warm and delicious in there and Mr Smaggle is made of fire so I never want to leave…

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Dress from Country Road – This dress was an impulse buy I got at the airport on my way to Sydney last week. It’s 97% cotton and comfy AF. I almost never buy clothes but I tried this on and was like ‘Yep!’ and I’ve worn it three times in the last week. It’s definitely going to be a winter staple for me. It’s stretchy, comfy and totally breathable.

Tights from Big W – These are cotton blend tights and they’re super comfy and warm. I tend to not spend a lot on tights because I just go through them in winter but these ones are a few winters old now and just about need replacing but they’re so comfy. I’ll wait until they have a few more holes before I totally ditch them.

Boots from Ecco – best purchase ever. These babies are made from gortex so I can practically swim in them and they keep my feet dry.

Leather jacket from Miss Selfridge – I’ve had this for about 8 years now and it’s holding strong.

Bag made by me – if you want to learn to crochet your own just sign up to Crochet Coach

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Tips for getting dressed when it’s bloody cold…

Actually dress for the weather 

If BOM says it’s going to be 7 degrees today, that’s probably what it’s going to be which means you’re going to need a jacket. Winters in Australia are pretty mild, even in Canberra where it often gets below zero but because it’s not minus 25 degrees, no one seems to take it seriously. Dress warmly and don’t leave the house without a jacket. Sheesh.

Cover your ankles

My ballet flats are dead to me in winter. I go full leather boots every day when the temperature drops. It’s just far too uncomfortable having my delicate little ankles exposed to the elements. Also I turn into a right royal bitch if my toes are cold. Get those feet in boots people.

Get yourself some merino 

Full disclosure – most women’s merino clothing is super daggy but if you pick and choose what’s on offer at your local adventure store, you can buy some pretty great basics that will keep you toasty all winter long. I’m in love with my merino leggings. I originally bought them for camping but they’ve started to feature more and more in my every day outfits because they’re so damn comfortable.

This outfit was worn for a day of working – shooting Crochet Coach videos, recording Straight & Curly, filming a little spot my mate’s TV show – more details on that when it gets released! – and generally getting back into the swing of things now I’m home.

What’s your favourite keeping warm in winter trick?


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  1. Alisa Muir 11 months ago

    Love that dress. Super cute on you.

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      Carly Jacobs 10 months ago

      Thank you! I’m so glad I bought it – almost regret not getting it in black to be honest!

  2. Erica Ridge 11 months ago

    Favourite trick for Hobart winters – lots of merino! Icebreaker do some pretty pieces and I stocked up at the South Wharf DFO in Feb. (not sponsored – I wish! – I’m just a hard-core merino lover!)

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      Carly Jacobs 10 months ago

      Yeah Icebreaker aren’t too bad – their logo is often small. I hate adventure wear with logos all over them.

  3. Reannon 11 months ago

    I am all about the scarf or cowl. I used to have heaps but then I gave a heap away & now I have yarn sitting on the shelf to make more. I think they are a quick way to make an outfit feel a touch dressier or quirkier & I can’t stand having a cold chest!

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      Carly Jacobs 10 months ago

      Oh totally! Do you knit? Or crochet? How good is yarn crafting? Honestly couldn’t survive without it.

  4. Bec 11 months ago

    The other day I bought 3 merino sweaters (two turtle, one not) from Uniqlo and I am in HEAVEN. Can’t even remember what I wore before them. And only $40 each!

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      Carly Jacobs 10 months ago

      Oh I saw those ones! They look awesome! The neckline was a touch high on me, I need to have my collarbones showing to even out my footballer shoulders. 🙂

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