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Friday, December 28, 2012

Sweaters Top to Toe

Floral Etched Stole from Brora
I finally found the key to staying warm: layers of natural fibres without clammy interruptions of synthetic linings.  This can mean a wool or mohair skirt with silk lining or a sweater skirt in a thick merino wool.  Add a cashmere jumper, some warm tights and top it off with a Brora stole.  That's my best recipe for WARM right there.

This stole is one of my darlings.  It is in Brora's current collection, it is warm and soft and cuddly.  It wraps up easily under my coat (which these days is a Brora tweed with a Liberty lining, oddly warmer than my down coat.  I'm putting my down coat in the donate box!)

I wore this outfit yesterday.  We had a fresh snowfall and I'm feeling a bit poorly which only adds to my naturally chilled state.  We had a busy day of errands and doctor appointments so I was happy to be cozy.

 The sweater skirt can be a difficult garment to wear and a straight shape often doesn't work on my figure, I find it too revealing.  This skirt is unusual in that it is 100% merino wool, quite thick, but has a full-skirted shape to it.  It is a shade named "chocolate" by Eileen Fisher, purchased at Nordstrom during their sale.
I belted my cashmere jumper from Brora and added in some Brora tights in chocolate.  Bring in the heavy-hitters, aka La Canadienne shearling boots, and I was set for a snow day.
To check out some gorgeous sweater skirts please go see my friend AJC, who posted today on some beautiful pieces knit by her mother!
I hope your day is going well and that you are warm.
Do you have a sweater skirt?  How do you wear it?
xoDani

27 comments:

  1. I am in a constant state of layering as our weather can often jump up and down over 10 degrees during the course of a day. Your outfit is darling and so cozy. Hoping you're feeling better. I have severe allergies so I'm in sweats today and only taking care of some laundry and light housework. Constant sneezing is exhausting!

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    1. Julie your allergies have been terrible these last months! You need a reprieve! I hope you have a good day of rest. I am doing same, in my jeans and sweater, half-heartedly pushing around the mop.

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  2. Dani, you look so nice! I like that skirt on you and your lovely cinched waist. The Brora stole is very pretty. You are so chic in your warm attire, and the two don't often go together.

    I have no sweater skirts, not enough days of the year to wear them. I look at them every fall and then wisely decide not to buy.

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    1. Hi DF, well as you know these warm clothes are very important around here as the cold stretches for many months. I am so happy to be free of wearing synthetics in the winter, they never did do the job of keeping me warm. Tweed and wool and cashmere keeps out the cold and damp yet it all breathes.
      Boy I sure am getting fussier as I get older!

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  3. Dani, thanks for the link! You are so right about the warmth and natural fabric. It is not yet very cold here but I am wearing silk blouse and cashmere sweater from Brora plus cords and I am feeling toasty. Your sweater set is great, I love the browns with the Brora stole. And just look at your tiny waist!

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  4. Hi Dani!

    I love these looks! I have one knit skirt by Marc Cain and I love it! This morning, as I was going through all my clothes I was hating the swish-swish of polyester linings! I have decided that my January expenditure will be a Brora stole and I have my eyes on the bird one! Or a sweater - will see when the prices come down! i am hopping over to AJC's blog right now! I was just out running errands and picked up the Veuve Cliquot since the liquor store was empty! Bring on 2013!

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  5. Dani, you wear layers so stylishly! When I'm cold, style goes out the window. Your new stole looks so snuggly and pretty, and those boots! I love them!

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    1. Sulky a stole like this would be a wonderful complement to your fluffy fur! Have you posted lately, going over to see!

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  6. What a beautiful stole! You've styled it so nicely with the earth tones in your warm outfit and I could see it working with a multitude of combinations. Your full skirt is darling with the belted jumper and shearling boots.

    I have only two sweater skirts, one a basic black pencil and the other a blue mini. I could likely use another but haven't found the perfect one just yet.

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    1. xoxo the stole is really beautiful and warm, I have 3 of the Brora stoles and they are wonderful. I'll be posting on them (2 are current) this week before the sale begins!

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  7. What a lovely stole! Oh, I could do so much with it, you must enjoy styling it.

    I'm in complete agreement about natural fibers. And I always wear a silk slip or cami under sweaters.

    Stay warm!

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    1. Hi Fred, I am cranky these days, clothes have always influenced my mood more than they should!

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  8. Love these layers Dani! I agree, natural fibers are key for those cold winter days. Otherwise you get clammy and sweaty going in and out of cold and heat, ick. Love that full sweater skirt. I found one at Anthro this summer for a crazy $10 in a cheery red and wear it a lot. I hope you're feeling better soon!

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    1. Hi M, thanks, just tired. I'm settling in for some serious sleeping this next month, winter hibernation etc!

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  9. LUSCIOUS LAYERS You do look toasty. I only have one sweater skirt, a short felted grey one. But I do love my Brora tights. And I think your LE scarf, that Brora wrap etc. are just the thing to warm and brighten up a classic winter uniform that works.

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    1. GF as you know Brora tights cannot be beat. Aren't you the one who told me about them? I'm surprised they hold up so well too, they look delicate but are actually quite sturdy.

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  10. No sweater skirts or dresses here, but I do love yours, and the whole outfit is fabulous. It's very cold in LA, and I've been layering up too. I haven't worn synthetic fabrics in years. I do usually wear a light cotton tee shirt under wool, even cashmere. I like the feeling of soft cotton on my skin. And your boots are spectacular - I love them.

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    1. Kathy those boots are not fooling around! I have them in gray as well, bought those ones last year.
      Cold in LA, you don't hear about that very often! Stay warm.

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  11. Dani you are getting more svelte and model-esque by the day, I love the last outfit!

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    1. Sue I'm not, it's the belt. Eileen Fisher suede obi belt, it's like a magic corset!

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  12. Oh, and I got that red plaid Brora blanket and wear it in the house all the time, wrapped around me to keep warm.

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    1. Kathy I am delighted you have that blanket. I'll be placing a Brora order this week when the sale begins, I hope there are some blankets left!

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  13. I do not own any sweater skirts, but do have a sweater dress, although it rarely gets worn since our winters have been very mild the past two years. I do love your sweater skirt, and the Brora stole is absolutely lovely! I picked up an Eileen Fisher jersey dress and turtleneck tunic from Nordstrom recently, and love both pieces. I have already worn the dress several times, and am on the lookout for another one (or two) to add to my wardrobe soon. There is an a-line jersey skirt I would like to get, but it's sold out in my size. They do have the pencil skirt though. Do you wear yours often? Would it be flattering on someone who looks better in a-lines?

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    1. FFM, I bought the EF ponte pencil skirt after seeing it on DBP and hearing it doesn't twist round when walking. I did order the XS and shorten it because there were no PPs at sale prices. But can VERY happily report it is substantial yet smooth enough to be forgiving to those of us who hips and thighs are a concern compared to rest of our size. And it does not stick, ride up with tights. In fact, since I have gotten it, my only "regular" winter skirt. Definite recommend.

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    2. Thank you GetFresh! The pencil skirt silhouette is normally not friendly to my figure, so I'm glad to hear that this one is actually kind to those of us with hip and thigh concerns. I will be on the lookout for one now, too. Hopefully I can catch it on sale soon. :)

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    3. FFM it's all true, those skirts are very smoothing and comfortable to wear, I have worn mine so much, though not so much now that it is true winter here. In your climate I am sure it would get plenty of wear.

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  14. You look ready for the coldest weather, and fashionably so, as always. The skirt ensemble with boots and the gorgeous shawl are winter perfection. I have a merino wool Eileen Fisher calf length godet skirt with a matching sweater stored in a box under my bed that I completely forgot about. It is a bit itchy but is so pretty. I need to pull it out and wear it with my warm boots. Tonight I'll be keeping the nasty,cold chill away with my Brora cashmere bed socks!

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