Layers make all the difference, not just in keeping you warm but allowing you to wear more than just your winter parka for months on end. I found that properly layering this winter allowed me to be more creative with my outfits and wear more of my wardrobe, like cute coats that were too light on their own for winter, but with the right layers were perfect. And in a time where each day feels exactly the same, being able to change up my outfits and wear something other than my heavy winter parka each day has been a tiny blessing, as silly as that might sound.
Some of my favourite finds this season have been these organic cotton leggings (it is so hard to find good everyday leggings that aren’t made out of synthetic materials like polyester or nylon), and these roll-neck wool tops. I originally got them for our ski trip to Switzerland, and got one in white and one in black. They were not only perfect for the ski hill, but I have worn them so much back in the city, layering them underneath sweaters and blazers, that they are truly a staple. They are thin enough to layer under anything, but warm enough to be really effective. I also love throwing a cashmere vest overtop of an outfit for extra warmth, and these cashmere socks that are thin enough to tuck into my shoes, but warm enough that I don’t regret not wearing winter boots.
I’ve linked to some of my favourite brands for basic layering pieces below. Ninety Percent uses a lot of organic cotton in their pieces, and Johnstons of Elgin sustainably sources their cashmere. Reformation uses only sustainable materials like organic cotton and tencel, and Cos has been coming out with some great staple pieces made of natural materials, like their 100% organic cotton leggings and 100% wool roll-neck tops. Cos has also partnered with Good Cashmere Standard to ensure their cashmere is fully traceable, protects animal well-being, conserves the land and supports the herder community. (scroll to the bottom to see the Cos links, which I added separately!) xx