Winter in the country – Top 5 Winter Fashion Essentials

Winter in the country is not the same as a winter in the city, despite the air having the same temperatures, city walls, tall busy buildings and 100s of hot cars in traffic jams make every city feel warmer and cosy, when in the open countryside it’s just you and the elements.

I know that when it comes to fashion we all have our likes, dislikes and often different tastes but if you are living in the countryside I believe you will have the same basic needs as me… one being to wrap up warm so you are ready to face the forces of nature outside.

So today I would like to share with you my top 5 fashion essentials for surviving winter in the countryside.

Winter in the country – Top 5 Winter Fashion EssentialsHat
I might be biased here because I love hats in general, not only in winter, so for me a good hat is a must. I hardly ever leave my house without a hat and if I do this is only because I am wearing a hoodie 🙂 I remember both as a child and a teenager I hated hats! I always thought they were uncool and made me look like a dork. It was only during my uni years that I actually started to develop my love for head wear and since that time my hat collection has ever so slowly kept growing.

Scarf
This is yet another essential which is a must have for any outdoor activity during winter time. Not only will it will keep you warm but a nice scarf can add so much to your entire outfit. Remember accessorising can be very useful as well as fun.

Gloves
Mark says that I am cold blooded as my hands and feet are always freezing (well, I say that my blood pressure is low, but hey ho what does he know) so for that reason alone I always, always have a pair of gloves in my jacket pocket.

Socks
Again this has something to do with me being cold blooded but I hate having cold feet, especially during winter time. Good quality, thick, warm, preferably wool socks can make such a difference to achieving toasty feet.

Snow boots
Well, we might not have the snow very often but despite the name snow boots can be used when no snow has fallen as well 😉 Super warm, waterproof and breathable they offer all I am looking for in my winter footwear.

This is my list of basic essentials for winter in the countryside.

Did I miss something?

Would you replace one of my picks with something else?

Town & Country Wear from Target Dry

Town & Country Wear from Target DryTarget Dry is an outdoor clothing brand from Belfast who have been designing quality town and country wear since 1987. Their core product is the Mac in the Sac, a lightweight jacket that is both waterproof and breathable but in addition to this fantastic packaway jacket Target Dry also offer a wide selection of other women’s, men’s and kids clothing.

I was offered one of the Targer Dry Kendal jackets for a review. I have to admit I really liked the look of the jacket when browsing through their stuff on the screen but then once it actually arrived I loved it!

Stylish Town & Country Wear from Target Dry -- Kendal JacketKendal jacket screams quality; each and every detail is perfect; the seams and even its finish is flawless. I love the large pockets, detachable hood and floral lining which is visible once you decide to undo the flared cuffs. I’ve had the jacket now for just over a month and I am not able to say one bad thing about it. It’s comfortable, soft and pleasant to the touch, it keeps me warm and most of all dry! It truly is a perfect jacket and I adore it.

Features of Kendal jacket:

  • Highly waterproof (5000mm)
  • Highly breathable (5000gsm)
  • Windproof
  • Fully taped seams
  • Floral print lined
  • Detachable, adjustable hood
  • 2-way front zip
  • Angled chest bellows pocket
  • 2 front flap bellows pockets
  • Internal pocket
  • Snap adjustable waist tabs
  • Zip opening at cuff
  • Curved hem
  • Organic cotton fabric

The jacket comes in two colours – rumba red and dark earth and a selection of seven sizes from size 8 up to size 20. With RRP of £94.50, currently reduced to £69.95, it offers a great value for money especially that every Target Dry product comes with a 2 years guarantee.

Stylish Town & Country Wear from Target Dry - Kendal JacketI have no hesitations whatsoever in recommending Target Dry as a company. If every product they make is as perfect as their Kandal jacket… well I have just found my new favourite brand!

Have you ever shopped with Target Dry?

What do you think about my new jacket?

It’s all about the shoes!

It’s all about the shoes! Belas Men’s Suede Technical Boots from TrespassSpring is now in full bloom and most of us are already planning the summer holidays. No matter what your plans are I bet you will need to buy something new as most seasonal changes require some sort of wardrobe clear-out and update 😉

New shorts, shirt or that swim suit are always welcome but they are very fashion dependant… if you are the type of person who cares about the current fashion trend then normally you would expect these types of clothing to be bought with just one season of wearing in mind but what about footwear?

Do you buy footwear thinking long term or are your sandals, shoes or booties destined to arrive in shoe heaven next year and be replaced with a younger fresher model?

I love shoes, I always have and if you are a regular reader of my blog you will most likely already know this. You will also know that I tend to have a very special relationship with my footwear… I never treat them as a “one season of use” thing… for me it’s all about the shoes…

Taking the whole outfit into consideration, no matter what type of outfit, shoes are always the most important part of it… at least for me. This is even more important when it comes to walking shoes or boots. As long as I have the right shoes and my feet are happy, I am happy 🙂

I have tried to convert Mark into my way of thinking.

Mark hates shopping, which is a plus for me because it means that most of the time I am the one doing the picking…

Last month Trespass contacted me asking if I would like to try something from their collection. Sure, I would… I had a long list of things I wanted but then I decided to stop being so selfish and I thought this time about my OH. Just a few weeks before Trespass got in touch our Bunk was obviously having the hump about something and decided that Marks boots need replacing… so he ate half of the right one… doh!… As he had eaten so much of the boot I guess soft leather obviously tasted nice for him… I know Trespass as a company (and I bet you know them too as they have been on the market since 1938) and we actually own a lot of clothing made by them, so I knew that I would find the right footwear to match my standards.

Belas Men’s Suede Technical Boots“We” picked a pair of Belas Men’s Suede Technical Boots; they look great and according to Mark they are super comfy. I know that these waterproof, breathable boots will last him for a long time and keep his feet happy.

He has worn them now for a couple of weeks and it’s safe to say they are durable and even more comfortable now that they have worn in. I am happy that he is happy and as it’s all about the shoes I can say that at least his feet are looking good (even if the rest of him still needs a bit of work).

Some would say that £109.99 (or a £61.99 as they are currently on special offer) is way too much to pay for a pair of boots but can you really put a price tag on your comfort and health?

What is your footwear buying philosophy?

Do you go for quality or a quantity?