Back in October, I published the first in what I hope to be a series of articles about country clothing for curvy women, in the post What I Wore to HOYS.
After various discussions with friends, industry peers and clients, I felt that there was a need for a healthy, normal, curvy body size to be represented within the country fashion community and I made it my mission to set about discovering and working with brands that catered to all shapes and sizes.
It was an incredibly nerve-wracking post for me to publish and was possibly the most vulnerable I’ve ever felt, since I started this blog, but the reaction was incredible and it seemed that women of all figures were desperate for me to provide them with a voice that country fashion brands might just listen to.
I had so many emails, in response, to the effect of ‘It’s fabulous to see what these clothes look like on a real person, and not just on a catalogue model‘, and ‘If you can find boots/jods/gilets/shirts to fit a woman with curves, please let us know.‘
Since then, with Christmas and New Year, I’ve been unable to spend the time researching, trialling and collecting the images that a post like this requires. However, I have kept my eyes peeled for clothing that I’ve found comfortable, flattering and confidence inspiring. And I’ve finally found the time to put together this little post for you, comprising of some of my favourite winter wardrobe picks.
Despite the fact that many of the items in this post (where stated) were generously gifted to me by the brands, each piece has been worn, tested and reviewed honestly. If I receive something that I don’t enjoy, or don’t think you as my readers will like, then it simply doesn’t get featured. So, I hope that you will enjoy each item I have hand-picked and chosen to speak about, in this article.
Over the last few weeks, having decided which items I wanted to appear in my winter clothing post, I’ve attempted on numerous occasions, to collar Sam and convince him to shoot these outfits. But as is often the case for most people with busy lives, weekends have been filled with errands to run, friends and family to visit and evenings have been to dark too get out with the camera.
So, you can imagine my reaction (and my language) when I’d finally persuaded my long suffering husband to dedicate an hour of his Sunday morning to taking blog photographs (his enthusiasm knew no bounds) and I opened the curtains to find that it was pouring with rain!
Luckily for me, the rain very quickly turned to snow (and then later slush, but that’s fine because we were curled up on the sofa by then) and actually ended up providing the perfect scene for my winter outfit post.
Firstly, can we just talk about this hat… I’ve always been one of those people that admires others wearing hats, but doesn’t necessarily feel confident enough to wear them. Until this fedora.
When Mackenzie & George kindly gifted me this little beauty, after I’d drooled over them on their stand every time I walked past, I was determined to push myself out of my comfort zone and give it a go. And I love it! And what’s more, Sam loves it, too. And even more than that, my mum now also wants one for herself. How’s that for the seal of approval?
And the beauty of hats? It doesn’t matter how many mince pies I had over Christmas, it still fits. 😉 The other thing I’m excited about is that whilst it keeps my head toasty out in the winter chill, I’m also going to really enjoy wearing it as a sun hat to shows and events throughout the summer.
I’m wearing the navy felt fedora, accessorised with the most beautiful feather hat pin.
Secondly, an item you will have seen me wear over and over again, if you’ve ever spent just a couple of minutes watching my vlogs. My tweed Joules Fieldcoat. I’ve had this coat for a number of years now, but when I was putting together a winter clothing post, there was no way I could leave it out. I live and die in it and it’s the warmest, cosiest coat I think I’ve ever owned.
The scarf I’m wearing with this outfit is the beautiful Caldene Bradenham Silk Scarf. I’m a self confessed scarf hoarder and I’ve had my eye on this piece for a good while now. (It was actually on my Christmas list, but nobody bought it for me.) So when Harry Hall got in touch and asked if I’d like to collaborate, this was the item I knew I had to trial for them.
You may have noticed that I’m a big fan of anything and everything navy, so I know this is a scarf I will wear again and again. With it’s adorable little horse print and the swirling navy, light blue and gold pattern, the Bradenham is a real timeless classic.
So, another brand you will see featuring time and again in my content is Ariat. I have and always will be, a regular user and mega fangirl for Ariat boots. I’ve always had the Windermere boots and each time, I have worn them until they have virtually fallen off of my feet, because a) they fit my horse-rider’s calves and b) once they’ve moulded to your feet, there’s honestly nothing as comfy as your own pair of lived-in Ariats.
Ariat offered to send me a couple of pairs of their new boots to try and I have been testing out these Windermere Fur H2O boots, all winter. And I’ve just fallen in love with them. They’re exactly like my old trusty Windermeres, but they have a fluffy, warm, sumptuous lining. I could not have hand-picked a more perfect winter boot for me.
I also have the Eskdale H2Os, which I am saving for the Spring and I can’t wait to get those out and about, too.
The second outfit you see me wearing, in this post, begins with my Rydale Tweed Trim Quilted Waistcoat, which I got for my birthday back in October. This is such a nice fit and comes up quite long, which I always appreciate. All too often I find that gilets fit me quite short in the body (especially when you’ve got any boob to speak of, which, ahem, I have) so I was pleasantly surprised by the fit of the Rydale wasitcoat.
The rest of this outfit is courtesy of the lovely team at Noble Outfitters, who very kindly sent me a couple of products from their current range.
I’ve got on the First Crush Cowl and the Fearless Scarf in ‘multi paisley’.
The First Crush Cowl top is a huge hit for me. I very rarely wear closely fitted tops, because I just don’t feel comfortable in them. (Hello, muffin-top!) But thanks to the cleverly located zip-pocket at the front of this top, it’s super flattering and really comfortable.
It’s cowl neck can double as a hood, or just pull up nice and high over your mouth and nose, to keep you super warm. I have worn it for shoots and dog walks throughout the winter and it’s kept me so snug. And can we take a second to appreciate the thumbholes in the cuff?! It’s just such a great, practical item.
And the Fearless Scarf I have already spoken about in my recent vlog. I love it! The colours are perfect to match my wardrobe, with the navy (again!) and the pinky-burgundy running through it. It’s generous too, so although not super thick, it can either bundle up into a lovely, toasty, winter warmer or would be lightweight enough to be worn in a looser fashion, for the milder weather.
Ta daaa! There you have it. Some of my favourites from the colder months. I’ve tried to be really selective about what I’ve chosen to share with you, and I’ve picked the items that fit me well, are true to the size on the label and make me feel confident when wearing them. So I hope they do just the same for you.
If you have any ideas about what you’d like to see in future posts, I’d absolutely love to hear from you in the comments below (or via email if you prefer to comment privately) as this is new territory for me, and I’m hoping you guys will help me navigate it.
For now, though, thanks so much for visiting my little space on the internet and for reading!