There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes, says a Swedish proverb. And I couldn’t agree more. Bundling up and staying stylish are actually pretty simple as the weather gets chilly, sometimes frightful when it snows. We need to keep in mind the most comfortable and weather proof fabrics for pumpkin spice season and beyond, and I have rounded up a few great options that your wardrobe will be thankful to have!
Ahh, a Pinterest autumn mood board’s most delightful character, and a girl’s best friend after diamonds, dogs, chocolate… well, a Top 5 choice definitely. From chunky to colorful, cropped or with signature logos, knitwear is a serious fashion game changer. It’s versatile and most importantly, a cold weather must. Go for a ribbed turtleneck or an androgynous oversize shape. Natural fibers like cotton and wool are good choices as well as synthetic fibers like nylon or polyester to keep warm.
Depending on the care instructions, you might want to consider using the delicate cycle and placing them in a mesh laundry bag to clean. Hand washing is another good idea to keep your knit cozy all season. Check the label if it needs to be flat or line dried.
One of fashion’s favorite materials, that you can also find vegan options in, plus leather jackets are so in vogue right now. Motorcycle jackets or trench coats in rich shades pair perfectly with classics like a pencil skirt or casual jeans. Leather is durable, comfortable and wrinkle resistant. It is not machine washable or to be dry cleaned. A specialty cleaner can maintain its form and protect against color fading and cracking. What you can do to prolong your leather items lifespan is simple spot cleaning (by blotting, not rubbing) with warm water and dish soap. Have a wet cloth for cleaning and a dry one to pat wet spots dry. A leather conditioner is also a good idea! Keep leather out of direct sunlight. Do not cover it in plastic either, as it can dry out the material. Leather should be hung on a hanger to maintain its shape.
Wrinkle resistant and machine washable, denim is an irresistible staple that is uncomplicated and there’s a style for everyone. The word jeans comes from the French word for Genoa, Italy, (Gênes) where the first denim trousers were made. The term is derived from the French, serge de nimes, a twilled fabric that was made in, you guessed it, Nimes, France.
Give an ode to the 90s with a denim jacket or give the Canadian tuxedo a try. Denim is a sturdy material, however try to avoid machine washing those items as they can shrink and fade over time. Hand wash in cold water with a mild detergent and hang dry instead. Some denim brands suggest dry cleaning and raw denim benefits from being unwashed entirely.
Back in the 17th century in the Scottish Highlands, farmers wore this warm garment to protect themselves from the harsh elements in the region. After gaining popularity in the US as a work wear garment for railroad construction, it has flourished into an icon. It’s been associated with everything from the outdoors to grunge. A classic flannel is a great transitional or layering piece for crisp fall days. Stay warm by donning a scarf, a plaid button down or your choice of outerwear. Enjoy it indoors by sporting a flannel bathrobe!
For optimal cleaning, check the care label. Flannel will shrink so hang dry if possible. Some items may need dry cleaning.
Early evidence shows that people began making clothing from wool as long as 8,000 years ago. When its chilly out, nothing keeps you warm better than a wool sweater, hat or coat. While many think wool only comes sheep, there are a variety of animals that produce a fleece that we can make clothing from. Goats, rabbits, camels and alpacas produce a shed fleece good for creating sturdy garments. Because of its unique properties, like density and insulating properties, it is the top options for warm weather attire. It’s also flame resistant and will naturally decompose over time. This natural textile is environmentally friendly. As long as wool-producing animals are allowed to live free, happy lives and they aren’t crowded or subjected to inhumane practices, it’s possible to produce wool sustainably. Although there have been problems and concerns with the rearing of these animals, the wild animals they come into contact with and land use and damage. 25% of the world’s wool is produced in Australia, followed by China and the United States. Check the tag or website to see if a company has been certified by Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), Woolmark or International Wool Textile Organization (IWTO).
Wool should be hand soaked inside out in lukewarm water for 10 minutes. Squeeze out liquid, but do NOT wring out or it will stretch. Flat dry or a rack.
Mix up your fall wardrobe with a polished, preppy touch of corduroy. Its height of popularity came from the 1970s, the Chicago Tribune even called it a luxurious and functional fabric. It actually traces all the back to ancient Egypt from a heavy woven fabric called fustian.
It’s basically a rigid durable velvet, in a variety of choices from jackets to skirts. Brass details in zippers or buttons elevate this clothing choice. It’s a versatile fabric that’s easy to care for between wears. Machine wash warm for light hues and cold for darker hues. Just remember to turn it inside out to avoid a lint collection. Tumble dry on low.
Stay stylish all season long in these cozy, cold weather textures. What’s your favorite material to wear during the fall and winter seasons? Share them in comments!