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Sunday 26 November 2017

A cosy combo for cold days

Image showing an over 50s woman in black and white check coat and red accessories for winter 2017 on a chilly day in the garden.
ow where did I put those gloves?
Winter for the Met Office starts on 1 December. Ahead: chapped lips, travel plans occasionally ruined by the wrong type of snow; the festival of over-consumption that now starts on the US import Black Friday and runs to the New Year; howling winds, darkness when setting off for work (allowing extra time to scrape ice off the car) and darkness when returning.
You can see I love winter. (Not!).

The only thing that keeps me going is the thought of seeing those brave little shoots in January as snowdrops start the succession of bulbs igniting all over the garden. Plus the occasional blue sky cold day.

Remembering the words of the great Alfred Wainwright, there is never the wrong weather, only the wrong clothes. So I'm showing you a new coat and a chunky jumper, plus scarf and gloves, that should see off the first chilly days.
Image showing an over 50 woman in buttoned up check coat and red scarf in winter 2017
I got the coat a couple of months ago when winter stock started to arrive. I wanted to tap into the Prince of Wales check / tweedy trend. This coat has poppers instead of buttons - much easier for cold fingers. I thought red would add a suitably colourful contrast (I'm not going to say "festive" - please, it's still not December yet). Any excuse to get out my fabulous Lotus booties!
Image showing a woman looking behind her dressed in tweed coat and red black boots on a bright but chilly day in London
The big bowl behind me is full of crocus bulbs. I plant a lot of bulbs!
The jumper is a big fluffy one with green, pink and red stripes. It would make me look huge if I didn't belt it (remember that old tip ladies). It looks good with the other accessories because of the red stripe.
Image showing a smiling woman over the age of 50 wearing a striped winter jumper red scarf and check coat
Look who turned up towards the end of the shoot - Mr Mutton, fresh from a six mile run. He's also looking cosy but in the type of cold weather kit that Mr Wainwright would approve of.
Image showing a couple in their 50s dressed for cold weather in their London garden

Outfit Details

Coat, Next; jumper, funnel neck sweater, Next; gloves and scarf, Next. Clara ankle boots, Lotus Shoes; belt, Once Upon A Belt.

*No items were gifted 

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What new buys do you have for winter? Is winter the favourite season for any of you? Do tell!


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  1. Ooh, that scarf is a lovely colour and as for the boots - they're amazing! That's a really great outfit although it's so cold today I'd be asking, 'now where's my hat!' Anyway, I'definitely going to look for a red scarf like yours - it looks so cozy and warm!

  2. The red is a wonderful pop of color! And the belt is a great finisher too. Thanks for linking up, xo


  3. The minute I saw that pop of red I knew we'd be seeing these fabulous boots again Gail. And why not? I love them too and can understand this styling today. I've not bought anything new in this Prince of Wales check, but do like it. I did find a lovely checked trenchcoat recently which will be cropping up on the blog soon...

    Anna x

  4. Love the combo! Looks great!


  5. Sophisticated, classy and bright. I love the coat and belt so much. Also, not only is this outfit perfect for Winter but particularly festive for December. ;-)

    Welcome by on Thursday this week and every week to join my style linkup and share your gorgeous style with me and my readers. Thanks, Ada. =)

  6. What a lovely outfit! I love the coat. It's so nice when the bulbs start to come up isn't it. I especially love the crocus flowers. Gemma x

  7. nds like you love winter as much as me Gail! I pray for the 21st of december when the shortest day is over and look forward to each day getting longer. The coat is gorgeous. I've been eyeing that one up myself. I haven't planted any bulbs this year. Something that I need to look into for the new garen xx


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