So you’ve bought a whole bunch of fantastic dresses for summer, but now it’s getting chilly and you can’t afford a whole new wardrobe for winter. How can you avoid freezing your flaps off? Here are a few ways we’ve found to cold-proof your summer wardrobe:
Fleece-lined stockings – These are cheap, warm and look great under dresses and skirts (or shorts, if you’re feeling adventurous). They’re warmer than most pants too! Best of all, they’re easy to find in Coles and Woolworths ($10-15), so you can grab them with your groceries. The 200-denier style is nice and unbulky, but if you’re OK with a bit of bulk, Clio Velvet-Lined 300 Denier Stockings are the ultimate in cozy warmth.
Uniqlo Heattech – This innovative Japanese brand has come up with a fantastically thin heat-retaining fabric, and made more styles and colours than you can shake a stick at. My favourites are the singlets ($14.90) and scoop neck long-sleeve top ($19.90).
Merino wool layers – Not just any wool, but merino wool. It’s used by hikers and dirty backpackers everywhere for its famed ‘no-BO’ properties, and it’s deliciously warm as well. 100% merino wool base layers are pricey ($50 for a long sleeved top on average), but well worth it for the amount of wear you can get out them before washing, so you only need one or two.
Scarves – My Chinese mum always says if your neck is warm, the rest of your body will be warm. I’m not sure if she meant it literally or as some kind of Asian metaphor or old wives’ tale (she also says washing your face with cold water prevents pimples), but you can still wear your summer dresses and tops in winter – just chuck a scarf over the top to cover your freezing cold decolletage.