With the coldest month upon us (over this neck of the woods anyway...) dark nights, short days and no more Christmas lights, January isn't exactly my favourite month. That said, when I looked out the window a couple of days ago and seen that a flurry of snow and ice had descended upon us over night, I knew it called for an old favourite of mine to make an appearance.
It's not often I start an outfit from the bottom up, but with the very real potential of going arse of tit on the latest offering from mother earth, I decided on this occasion it was necessary.
My 6" Moc Toe style Redwing boots, made in the finest Oro Russet Portage leather, are a classic boot that embody durability, comfort and style.
Made in the USA, with triple stitched quality, a Goodyear welt construction, on a 23 last, (Find out more about the meaning of a last here) these boots are made of tough stuff and are meant for hard conditions. Redwing explains how they were originally designed and built to "Withstand the daily riggers of the work day on the farm and in the factory..." They are a beautiful piece of classic heritage footwear, combining all the elements of authentic workwear boots. The oil tanned leather being known for its resiliance and exceptional durability. These boots are suitable for all, and are one of the best footwear investments I've ever made. I love how the leather ages with more wear, it softens while still holding onto its striking colour - they are a perfect boot for winter and the cold months leading up to spring.
Buy them here.
So, now that we have started from the bottom (Let the Drake references flood in) we may as well keep going. These boots go with most colours and I don't find them too tricky to style - therefore it is fairly easy to find a pant to go with them.
On this occasion I have gone for a simple selvedge jean. These indigo dyed 5 pocket jean, are a slim fit (normally I go for something a bit wider) but I quite enjoy their shape. They have green stitching and have faded quite a bit the more worn they have become. I wear them with a navy canvas and leather Margaret Howell belt.
Next up is a bit of luxury in the form of my Nigel Cabourn Woman 'Shackleton' Rollneck. Made in 100% Cerruti 3gg cashmere. From the length, the weight and the detailing on the rib and neck, this is just a beautiful staple. I don't have much more to say except it's incredible and I feel like a complete G when I wear this.
I have popped a vintage red neck scarf on underneath my rollneck. This just adds a punch of colour and a nautical little vibe - (It also ties in with my Redwings.)
Now for the big guy. My Duffle. Made in 900 gram harring wool, and very over sized this is a great throw on when it's cold out. Duffles have always reminded me of when I was young and my mum used to make my sister and I both wear matching red duffles. I hated them. I mean really hated them. Thankfully I grew out of that irrational / completely random dislike for the classic duffle. This one has served me well - albeit with its many bobbles.
That said - a handy tip for getting rid of bobbles on wool, (or cashmere for that matter) is the handy disposable razor. I take one to my jackets every now and again to tidy them up. It it both therapeutic and satisfying. Here is a little before and after of that the collar of my duffle looked like before I gave it a much needed shave.
I have finished off my outfit with a couple of my favourite accessories.
My patchwork print scarf (which a lot of people seem to think is vintage) I will let you into a secret, it's not. It was in fact a bargain from Zara a few years ago. It never comes off me in the colder months.
That along with my Nigel Cabourn x Brady fishing bag. The jute netting on the bag is hand knotted in Britain, and has had quite a lot of battering, but if anything I think it adds to it. I see these kind of bags a lot in vintage markets so I think they are fairy easy to come by.
Ta Da! Ready to face the snow and wind.
Below are some of my top picks if you fancy creating a similar look to get you though the last of the chilly months.
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