My winter uniform has basically been jeans with a variety of jumpers and my parka over the top (which has quite literally saved my life) but I still wanted to do a little roundup of some new items I’ve been loving, as well a few accessories that I use to try and keep life interesting, since wearing the same thing day in and day out can get super boring after a while.
My understanding is that temperature-wise, spring in Toronto is pretty similar to winter in Sydney, so even when winter is finally over, I realistically have to accept that it's probably not going to be bare-legs weather until about June (sob). So although I’ll be switching out the jeans for skirts and tights, my jumper collection is still going to be in rotation for months to come.
I mentioned in my A/W Style post that I was really into oversized knits as they’re one of the easiest things to throw on with jeans, and they’re super practical and cosy as well. One that I’ve absolutely loved recently is this huge burgundy turtleneck from Zara which is super soft and stretchy and cosy. Be warned though, this is seriously oversized – I’ve got a small and it’s still massive on me and I’m not a tiny person. But it looks great with just the edge tucked into jeans, and it’s been a lifesaver for me when it’s super windy because I can just pull the neck up and cover the lower half of my face. I’ve been on two trips a few hours up north of Toronto in -20 to -30 weather and this has come with me both times.
Another jumper I’ve gotten recently is the How Deep V Neck Sweater* which was kindly send to me by Tobi. All my other jumpers are either crew necks or turtlenecks, so getting something with a deep-V is a little different for me, but I was keen to try something like this because it’s got that cool, slouchy sometimes-off-the-shoulder thing going on, and I love the soft mauve colour. It’s also cropped so it’s the perfect length for tucking the front into jeans so it hangs really nicely and there isn’t a huge amount of excess fabric that you don’t know what to do with. I’ve worn it several times since I got it and it’s definitely something that would have caught my eye if I had spotted it in a shop. In fact, it’s got serious Deborah Acne Sweater vibes which I see Anna wearing all the time.
The other thing I picked out from Tobi is this baby pink Cowl Does It Feel Sweater Dress*. I’d been thinking about getting a jumper dress for a while now because they’re like the winter version of smock dresses, which I was obsessed with last summer. This one is a really pretty colour, and again, it has a big turtleneck which I am all about. It’s super cosy and warm and is perfectly suited to hiding a food baby, plus it even has pockets! Although most of the time it’s still too cold to wear dresses (we had a few 4°C days in Jan where this saw some action), I can also tuck the hem of this into jeans and wear it like a normal jumper, and I’m thinking when we finally get into spring (which isn’t really that warm) this will look great with a pair of sheer tights and black ankle boots and maybe a denim jacket over the top.
Because everywhere you go in Toronto is heated, and because my work environment is super chill, I can get away with wearing t-shirts even though it’s winter. Typically I’ll wear a t-shirt with one of my long-line cardigans that I mentioned in my A/W post, and of course my parka to go to and from work. So I’ve picked up a few tees and casual tops lately and I absolutely love all three of them. I’ve said before that I’m really picky about slogan tees because even though there are so many of them around at the moment, a lot of them say something really cringey that I wouldn’t wear, so when I find something that I actually like, I have to get it.
I spotted this Live Fast tee (sold out) in the men’s section of Zara and instantly loved it, and another men’s Zara find was this PERFECT pink & white striped long-sleeved top (sold out), which I customised with a little patch that I bought in Montreal. I’ve really been feeling the combination of pink and red lately, and although I bought that patch thinking I’d put it on a plain white tee, I love how it looks with the pink & white stripes so I'm really glad I decided to use it on this top instead.
As for the Heartbreak Hotel tee, I’d seen a few bloggers and YouTubers wearing it and had been lurking the Hudson’s Bay website waiting for it to turn up, and as soon as I saw it I ordered it. At about $60 all up it’s probably the most I’ve ever spent on a t-shirt, but the colour combination is absolutely perfect, and most importantly, I’m a massive Elvis fan so I’m 1000% keen to rep him in t-shirt form!
A Beautiful Skirt
I knew even when I bought it that sadly it wouldn’t get to see much action from me while we're still in winter,but this pink faux-leather skirt from Zara was just too perfect to pass up! I’ve managed to wear it when we’ve had the odd above 0° day and I’m just in love with it and I know I’ll be wearing it all spring and summer. Side note: can you tell I love pastels? I don’t care if it makes me look like an ice cream, I am 100% about that aesthetic.
Accessories & Styling
As I mentioned, finding different ways to style things and playing around with accessories is a huge part of getting dressed for me, especially this winter as things have had to be more repetitive and practical than ever. Certain key accessories, or the way I do my hair can totally change the vibe of an outfit and that’s what I’ve been relying on to stop me from feeling bored and uninspired.
If I’m wearing an oversized turtleneck, my favourite thing to do is put my hair up in a big, messy bun on top of my head because a) I think it looks really cute and I love doing my hair like that anyway, and b) when you’ve got something really big on your upper half, especially if it comes high up the neck then getting your hair off your face looks a lot neater and less busy.
As for hats, sometimes they’re strictly necessary when it’s super cold out, so in those instances I have a cute cream coloured wool beanie with a pompom that my parents bought me in Tasmania, and I also picked up a baby pink one from Zara that I absolutely love. It’s a little longer than I’m into, but all I have to do is fold the brim up higher to shorten the length of the actual beanie (or toque as the Canadians call them!). I always reach for these if I know I’m going to be spending more than 5 minutes outside, and they’re great for when you haven’t gotten around to washing your hair too.
I know berets are having a huge moment right now, which is handy for me because I brought my 3 over with me when I moved because I knew I’d want to wear cute winter hats. Although they’re not a daily staple for me, I’ve been wearing berets for years and years now and have always loved how they look, especially with a tighter turtleneck for that subtle French vibe, although they go with basically anything.
Another trick I’ve been doing for a while is wearing a bandana around my neck. I wouldn’t necessarily team it with a beret because it would feel like I’m trying a bit too hard, but it really adds something extra to a simple tee + jeans combination. For example, I’d wear a black bandana with my Heartbreak Hotel tee, or a red one with a grey crew-neck jumper. To me it makes all the difference between looking in the mirror and feeling cute vs. feeling bored.
The last accessory I’m going to talk about is scarves. I know, it’s nothing ground-breaking because we all know scarves are great for keeping you warm and can add an interesting layer to your outfits. For a few years now I have been relying on a simple grey Country Road wool scarf that I still love because it goes with absolutely everything. But when I saw this beautiful peachy-pink Weekday scarf I completely fell in love. It’s 100% wool and is super warm and cosy, and it’s long enough to wrap around your neck twice. My parents also gave me this beautiful red cashmere scarf (similar) as a Christmas present. They bought it when they were on holiday in Italy last year, and it’s the softest, cosiest thing of all time!