This time of year tends to confuse some of my Instagram followers, while they are breaking out their bikinis and sun dresses, I am wrapping myself up in woollens and pulling out my scarves.
I am lucky to live in a mild climate where we may only experience a handful of frosty mornings in the city (and hardly any out on the coast where I live), but the wind is definitely a challenge, both from a warmth and a wardrobe malfunction perspective. I may only have to battle the wind walking to and from the carpark and maybe at lunch time but it’s hard work enough for me to stay on my feet, never mind fighting to keep control of a circle skirt or swing dress – so I tend to stick to more fitted clothing during this time of year.
My favourite fabrics for winter are soft cotton jersey knits, merino and cashmere. Sadly my budget doesn’t usually allow for much cashmere but a delicious merino can be almost as good and much easier to wash and care for!
And when thinking of budget-friendly clothing, most New Zealander’s at some point will visit The Warehouse. These guys are an NZ institution, think of them like the Walmart of NZ on a much smaller scale – once considered pretty naff and poor quality, the team at The Warehouse have done a great job of revitalizing their brand over the last 5-10 years.
As their merino range is generally very broad The Warehouse is definitely one of my winter shopping staples. Their standard ranges are sized from 8-20, which I find generous and can usually size down one-two sizes in. However I should note that despite having a plus size range, The Warehouse do not appear to offer any merino items larger than an NZ20 which is disappointing.
The Warehouse – Garage Split Merino Dress – Size NZ16
This dress comes in both black and grey (and I have them both) and is generously sized with stretch. I have teamed it with an bodycon midi dress for a little extra warmth today but I plan to wear with tights and boots for work