Bracing The Chill

So, it's fair to say that on the whole, I'm capable of dressing myself to a certain degree of 'presentable'. By this I mean, I can put on appropriate clothing for the day, look clean and tidy (ish) and co-ordinate something resembling an outfit most of the time. Some days, I adopt a throw it on and go attitude, whereas on others I opt to take a more considered sartorial approach, but either way, I can generally pass for 'smart enough'.


A bit of snow, and all of a sudden I'm bereft, not just because my car is six feet under, but because I suddenly don't understand the basic principles of getting dressed. Hats askew under hoods (never seem to take the extra second to straighten), more horizontal layers than the Michelin man, wellies caked in mud from Sunday's walk, mismatched accessories and rips and holes in pretty much everything; all of this and I'm still never quite dressed warmly enough.

My appearance, I tell myself, is unimportant, irrelevant even, in adverse weather conditions; the last factor to consider after keeping warm, getting from A to B and just about staying upright. Plus, everybody looks a mess in the snow, right? Well no, actually.

Whenever the inevitable 'big freeze' descends, I'm forced to once again accept that my hobo like appearance is not socially acceptable, even though the temperature is below freezing and plummeting. Because, it seems, whilst I hobble along in last week's 'walking gear', complete with muddy paw prints, where an energetic springer spaniel introduced himself to my lower torso, everyone else looks like they stepped out of a brochure for a luxury Nordic Cruise.

So, I've made a decision to invest in a capsule snow wardrobe! Rule one; it needs to be affordable (on a pay per wear basis, it isn’t worth spending a fortune). Rule two; I need to be able to wear everything again, when the weather improves (see rule one). Rule three; if it's not warm, you won’t wear it!

Below are my top tips for snow style, so that I'm ready to go to battle with the next 'beast from the east'.


Merino Layers

Start with the base layers and Merino wool is your best bet, as it retains the heat you create when moving for warmth and insulation. Peter Gribby merino offers the best merino jumper selection around with a wide range of styles and colours to suit all. Personally, I would say that the Peter Gribby Merino Roll Neck would be the best place to start in this weather.




Lambswool Jumpers

'Whenever it turns a bit colder, I reach for the Peter Gribby' - a customer review sums up the benefits of Peter Gribby lambswool knitwear. Warm, cosy and timelessly stylish - a Peter Gribby Jumper should form the basis of your cold weather wardrobe. Pick a couple of classic colours to start you off e.g. Peter Gribby Lambswool V Neck in Fern:




Redpoint Coat

Canadian Outerwear specialists, Redpoint, make the best outdoors clothing on the market right now. Impeccable details, stylish fits and classic colour combinations are combined with all weather properties to make Redpoint jackets an all year round must have and at under £100, they are value for money. The Wade Quilted Gilet and the Walker Quilted Jacket will always look smart no matter what the weather and can actually be worn as an under layer to give you added insulation in sub-zero temperatures. The red Walker Jacket makes a particular style statement and allows you to keep the rest of your outfit more basic. Check out the Redpoint Padded Quentin Jacket in Navy or Black for a good solid all-rounder.