Oh hello, it’s officially winter. Does it feel like winter where you live?
We had a very balmy blast to see out autumn in Queensland and I found myself wardrobe-challenged to say the least.
This week it looks like cooler weather is heading our way, so I’m sure I’ll get my winter wardrobe groove back. Just in time to pack for three weeks in a European summer!
(Yes, I’ve started giving thought to exactly what I’m going to pack for our trip. I’ll be blogging about it before I leave but it could be my greatest packing challenge to date. The challenge is in the UK summer part which currently has temperatures colder than a Queensland winter … and then the other extreme is the beautiful, hot southern Italian Mediterranean coastline. There will be layers and a very tight colour palette. Stay tuned.)
Today, I’m featuring an Australian label – Woolerina – that produces beautiful layering pieces made from hand-selected Merino wool.
The beauty of garments made from this sustainable fibre is that the knit is super fine but still carries with it the warmth and breathability of wool. As someone who can find wool itchy on my skin, I don’t find that with merino.
I’ve featured this cobalt cardi pictured below but with different pants from those which the model is wearing.
Before I get into the winning ways of the Woolerina pieces I’m wearing, I need to highlight the formula behind this outfit.
It’s a formula that I enlist frequently and it’s one that really does help extend my wardrobe and ensure I always have something to wear.
It’s a formula that relies on you shopping for the basics first … before you get seduced by the show ponies.
If you strip back the outfit, I’m essentially wearing a black top and black pants. It’s what I’ve added on top that brings those basics to life. In this case it’s all about the cobalt blue – something I’ve been also able to tie in with the scarf.
This is such an easy thing for you to translate back into your wardrobe – especially in cooler months. Start with your core, basic pieces and then layer with pieces which add texture, colour or pattern for interest.
As for the Woolerina pieces, the cardi (100% merino interlock) is such a lovely fit across the shoulders and in the arms. This is key to a cardi being a flattering fit. If it fits well in this area, it will drape well. LOVE the colour. It’s one of my all-time faves.
The pants (95% merino wool; 5% jersey lycra) are super fun and very much fit my criteria for a superior soft pant. They’re tapered at the bottom so can be worked with sneakers, loafers or even heels if you’d like to dress them up. At the top they’re gathered and have a lot of room across the tummy/hips and at the top of the legs. This enables the pant to be able to skim over these bits and still drape beautifully for a great leg shape.
So tell me, do you have key layering pieces in your wardrobe that make it easier to dress as the weather cools down? Do you rely on wool pieces to help keep you warm without adding bulk?
* These pieces were gifted to me for editorial consideration. Full disclosure policy here.