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?

Wardrobe essentials – The Hoodie

There are certain types of clothes which no matter what our occupation, fashion style or lifestyle is, we all own at least one.

I think that the hoodie belongs in this category.

A hoodie (also called a hooded sweatshirt or hoody) is a sweatshirt with a hood. They often include a muff sewn onto the lower front, a hood, and (usually) a drawstring to adjust the hood opening.

Apparently this garment’s style and form can be traced back to Medieval Europe when the normal clothing for monks included a long, decorative hood called a cowl attached to a tunic or robes, and a chaperon or hooded cape was very commonly worn by any outdoors worker. The hooded sweatshirt was first produced in the United States starting in the 1930s. The modern clothing style was first produced by Champion in the 1930s and marketed to labourers working who endured freezing temperatures while working in upstate New York. The term hoodie entered popular usage in the 1990s.*

Hoodies are truly a brilliant invention. Depending on the fabric they are made from they can be used all year round. They keep us warm in the depths of winter, they will take the chill away during late night spring walks and they do look good. With 1000s of colours and designs to choose from everyone can find something they like.

We love hoodies!

For us they are an essential part of our wardrobe and I cannot imagine not having one.

Handy big pocket to keep your hands warm but also to store whatever needs storing whilst out and about – packet of tissue, car keys or even a wallet will fit there without any problems.

The hood to keep your neck warm and of course to keep your head warm when needed. It is the perfect protection against any wind; especially considering with the draw strings you can adjust the opening and make it fit you snugly, just as you want it.

Hoodie from Universal Textiles
“Our” new hoodie from Universal Textiles

I was sent my chosen hoodie from Universal Textiles. I picked an XL size so that I can share it with Mark… this was the original idea but it didn’t work out so well for me. Mark claimed our new hoodies as his with one simple statement – “Oh, come on, this is not really your size”… so here I am… my good intentions of sharing were turned against me and I lost a hoodie… but it is not a biggie… I can always try and “steal” it back from him when he is not looking, or wearing it 🙂 or I can just buy one for myself. Universal Textiles carry almost 2000 different hoodies so there is a lot to choose from.

For me the beauty of the hoodie is that depending on what you wear it with it changes its look and gains a totally new feel to it. Add tracksuit pants and trainers and you are in full sport mode, but add skinny jeans and some high heel boots you are ready to hit the town with your friends for a Saturday shopping spree.

Some people think that hoodies are made for nerds or chavs or they belong only in a young persons’ wardrobe, but they don’t. They come in many shapes and forms; including women’s cut which can be very flattering. Many older people wear them these days – why? Because they are brilliant and will keep you warm when needed. Also many big names like Tommy Hilfiger or Giorgio Armani have used them in the past as a primary component of their collections. Can fashion names like this be wrong?

Despite everything or whatever others might think, I love my hoodies!

Do you?

Do you find them, as us, an essential part of your wardrobe?

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I received one hoodie from Universal Textiles for free for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.