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Alternatives to a Winter Coat

Alternatives to a Winter CoatOkay, so let it be said that I’m no fashionista – if it’s clean and it fits me, it’ll usually do and co-ordination be damned! However, at this time of year, one thing that I find tricky is outdoor wear, particularly big coats. I spend quite a lot of time driving and I hate feeling bunched up in thick layers, unable to move my arms properly, but I also hate being cold more than almost anything. I’ve been thinking lately about alternatives to a winter coat and thought I’d share some of them with you here:

Ponchos

Ponchos are actually super on-trend at the moment and come in a million different styles, from full-on South American print to sporty or feminine. One of my favourite ways to wear a poncho is with a roll-neck jumper, jeans and long boots, which works as a look for just about any casual occasion and can be easily glammed up with the right jewellery.

Merino Layers

Wearing lots of thick layers might keep you warm but it can feel very restrictive, so thinking about the types of materials that you layer can really help. Opting for a material like merino wool, which is light, very warm and breatheable will allow you to add more layers without feeling like the Michelin man, and merino is also very trendy right now.

Cardigans

On days when it’s not wet, chucking a chunky knit on top of your clothes can sometimes be enough to keep you warm and will usually allow you to still move around unencumbered. Cardigans come in all shapes, sizes and colours and go with just about anything but remember that the looser the knit, the less likely it will be to keep out the wind!

Rain Mac

Global warming means that our winters are seeming less chilly, which means that sometimes you can get away without wearing a coat, although with this being Britain the threat of rain is always real! There are some really funky rain macs around which can fold up to pretty much the size of a purse and can be kept in a bag or pocket in case the heavens open.

Gilet/Bodywarmer

This is the one that I opt for the most, as I have a decent quilted bodywarmer with a fur-lined hood which allows me to move my arms whilst driving but still keep my body warm. I tend to layer it over a fleece, and wear a t-shirt beneath which keeps me super warm on even the coldest days.

Do you have an alternative to a thick winter coat that you swear by? I’d love to hear your suggestions so please do leave me a comment below.

 

 

Fat Face Women’s Gilet Review

I love being a blogger, especially when great opportunities come my way, or a company asks me if I’d like to try their product. What is sometimes even nicer is when something turns up in the post from a company which is a complete surprise, which is exactly what happened to me last week. I got a knock on the door and a very nice courier handed me a parcel from Fat Face, the company who provided me with an outfit for BritMums Live. I tore into it and found this inside:

 

Fat Face Amy Gilet

 

(click on the image to be taken to the website)

This is the Amy Gilet, a hooded, sleeveless body warmer (£65.00) which is perfect for the Autumn months.

I’ve worn the gilet for the school run pretty much every day for the last week and a bit and I love how warm and cosy it is, whilst letting me have a decent range of movement with my arms. The fur trim around the hood is a lovely detail and the sheepskin lining inside the body of the gilet is so soft and snug. I’m a real lover of snuggly winter-wear and this really fits the bill.

I’ve mostly been wearing it with jeans or combats, with a hoody, concealed carry vest, or long sleeved t-shirt – it’s great to be able to layer up or down, depending on the weather. The outer is shower-resistant and the gilet is filled with duck down and feather. I think it’s one of the most luxurious items I’ve ever owned, but it’s really wearable and practical at the same time.

Thanks so much to Fat Face for sending me the gilet; I feel like I’ve already had tons of wear out of it and I’m looking forward to getting even more use over the coming months. It’s available in different colours, just click on the picture to head over to the website and take a look.