I’m a hardcore 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 Melbourne is freaking freezing right now and I’m in a bit of struggle town. It’s 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 it be this year. I usually don’t have much trouble getting out of bed in the morning but I’m finding it to be a touch difficult 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…
Jeans from Jeans West
Belt from Just Jeans
Jumper from Valley Girl
What to wear 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 compared to the rest of world. Just tell anyone from Canada what the lowest temperature was in your Australian city and they’ll laugh you all the way to Lake Louise. This doesn’t mean it’s not properly cold though and Canberra 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. I was in Canberra a few weeks ago and saw so many bare legs shivering around the city. It’s madness. Cover up and dress in layers so you can shed when you’re in a warm restuarant or someone’s house.
Cover your ankles
My ballet flats are dead to me in winter. I go full leather boots every day when the temperature drops or merino tights and full coverage clogs (usually with socks but I was at home wearing this outift and didn’t really need them). 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 or at least proper shoes that provide some warmth. Socks are also great, particularly merino wool ones.
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. Also if you’re looking for some winter tights here are the best places to buy them this year.
This outfit was worn for a day of working – shooting Crochet Coach videos, shooting Smaggle videos… all that jazz.