With coming of cold weather and it’s accompanying snow and ice, a change takes place in our environment. Winter light quality on Vancouver Island moves decidedly into the cool spectrum, with bluish tints very prevalent to the eye.
Clothing colours that work with cool tones suddenly take on new life. Also wearables that add layers of warmth are essential, like this lavender Angora sweater topped with wool cardigan in amethyst. Bone buttons add a quality touch.
Here’s the same stunning cardigan teamed with a lovely fuchsia cashmere pullover, just waiting to dress up a pair of classic jeans. I pretty much live in sweaters during cold months of December through February. Cashmere is my go to fiber. However retail cashmere sweaters are quite pricey. Fortunately local thrift stores often have these luxury woolens hiding among the more prosaic offerings.
All the sweaters featured here were sourced from thrift stores. The cashmere twosome above showcases well known labels. Warm pink ‘V’ neck pullover is ‘Kirkland’ brand, known for their cashmere, while the wonderful periwinkle cardigan is top of the line ‘Lord & Taylor’. Together they create a classic colour harmony which adds a rosy glow to winter pale skin.
Another winter must have is velvet. Black velvet midi skirt combines with every top adding a layer of warmth and richness. Here the skirt rocks a layered cashmere crew neck in cinnabar. It’s companion is spectacular cream cardi patterned with rich red roses and moss green leaves.
Both these knit beauties are ‘Lord & Taylor’. Red roses for winter are as completely season appropriate as green holly leaves accompanied by red berries!
Another warm moss toned cashmere knit, this time in a lovely ‘V’ neck, is companioned with a pop of surprising clear mango! As outside blurs itself into shades and tones of white, anything COLOUR is very welcome. Featured is a fabulous find from our local thrift store, a multicoloured fresh water pearl necklace.
From I.Pearl Importers, this is a lush combination of different shaped pearls in natural, moss green and ginger hues. Woven among the pearls are stones of polished carnelian. The luster of pearls is very flattering, adding light to dull winter complexions.
Do celebrate colour this winter with a cheery bouquet of cosy knits. Wear as many layers as needed to beat Jack Frost’s chill! No, four layers is not too many especially if using lightweight natural fibers like cashmere.
“How many cashmere sweaters does a person need?” askes my friend. The answer is “There’s always room for one more”, when they’re all as pretty as these!