LESSON #1 of Building A Winter Wardrobe

As I anticipated and prepared for my move to Belgium, it dawned upon me that life was not only getting me to Shailin, but also to yet another fashion opportunity! For the first time in my life, I was going to build a season specific wardrobe. I needed full blown Eskimo wear (yes, my indian skin froze to unconsciousness even at 12* in the beginning) and I found myself buying almost everything ‘wintery’ that caught my eye. If it fit my personal style, and ‘looked’ like it would keep my warm, it was an instant add to cart moment. Mistake numero uno.

I always discussed this ‘winter wear’ topic with my new friends. I would ask them where they bought their basic as well as fancy sweaters from. I wanted to be well versed with the winter shopping scene as I was eager to share all the deets with you guys! I repeatedly heard from everybody – “Fabric is the most important thing when it comes to winter wear” but somehow I didn’t pay much attention to this advice. I’m all about fast fashion and wearing statement separates that look incredible in the moment but might not be timeless. But lesson #1 was, winter wardrobes can’t be built on that mindset..

Fast forward to my trip to London, when I happened to wear this cozy AF Baum and Pferdgarten sweater while I didn’t have the comfort of a car & was simultaneously exposed to the notorious British wind. And voilà, my life changed. I knew this sweater was 40 % Merino wool and 10 % Cashmere and I was so surprised at the enormous difference in warmth it gave me compared to my other purchases. I was on a work trip and I also realised how important it was to just be comfortable in freezing temperatures so I could maintain a confident stature…

Fabrics like cashmere and merino wool are no doubt, very expensive. But I’m going to look at investing in a single great quality find rather than buying 5 high-street sweaters instead. That single find shall be the keeper to further build my winter wardrobe around!

What I’m Wearing – Baum and Pferdgarten Sweater (cheaper versions here and here), Kiran X Pawana Pants, Faux Fur Cardigan from an Antwerp Boutique (similar here, here and here), my Mother In Law’s Hat and a Chloe bag.

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