For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, temperatures are cooling or plummeting, which means it’s time for cosies. This week’s top picks worked well on clients and in my own wardrobe. It’s great to see a range of colour options and extended sizes.
1. Camper Wabi Slipper
This is a repeat top pick that is worth a second mention. I wear slippers at home and am very fussy about them. They need to be soft like a slipper but with a good rubber sole and fairly supportive. I’ve been wearing the Wabi’s for years, and replenish annually because they are the best combination of soft and comfortable support. Granted, they are not as supportive as Birkenstocks. I have recently switched to the pretty light blue. They look neat and polished on your feet too. Hubs Greg has the same slippers in men’s sizes. My feet are narrow and Greg’s are wide and the slippers fit us equally well.
2. Good American Jeans
Try Good American jeans if you have a curvy figure. Sizes usually run from a US0 to a US24. Sometimes the smaller sizes run a little large. This season, both pairs of flared jeans get my top pick. They have worked on petites with a hacked hem, while adequately retaining their flared integrity.
3. ECCO Hi-Tops
Unlike Converse, both pairs of ECCO hi-tops here have side zippers so that you don’t need to tie and untie laces. Both styles have worked well for higher volume feet, and can accommodate orthotics. But if you don’t wear orthotics and have short toes, you might need to size down. The cap on the white Flexure style is more grey than white. Both styles are unfortunately too wide for me.
4. Uniqlo Puffers and Parkas
Most people have a Uniqlo puffer coat or jacket of sorts these days, or at least someone in the family does. And with good reason because they are very well made, affordable, look great, offer current styling, and are available in a deep assortment of colours and silhouettes. You can also pick your level of warmth and length. I found their puffer styles to run a little big, but ideal for multiple under layers.
5. Athleta Gap Transit Crew Sweater and Beanie
If you’re into a sporty or athletic looks, these sweaters with matching beanie are quite yummy. It was the neon that attracted me to them, so I had a closer look. Lightweight, soft, fluid, and very casual. Fun for post workout relaxing too.
6. Rebecca Minkoff Janica Sweater
7. Banana Republic Cashmere Stripe Sweater
The quality of knitwear is extremely inconsistent across all price points these days, and there isn’t that much we can do about it. As a result, I’m very careful about which brands I purchase knitwear from, and I’m down to three or four retailers. Banana Republic was not one of them, so I’m taking a chance with these cashmere stripe pullovers because they remind me of Boden stripes and quality. The cashmere price point is reasonable, but not dirt cheap either. Stay away from dirt cheap cashmere! I committed to the pink and red stripe, and so far so good. Let’s hope the quality continues its good wicket.
8. Boden Kemble Coat
A super cute and cuddly teddy bear sherpa topper with glowing reviews. Thick but streamlined and not overly bulky. Semi-structured, forgiving, playful, Modern Retro, and accommodates layers. The blue is a little more green in person. Works well with dresses and skirts too.