I find winter provides a whole set of sartorial challenges of it’s own when it comes to dressing for days that for me, include the walk to and from school. But before I get started, lets get a couple of “school gate style” related points out of the way.
Having been involved in a debate some time ago about “dressing up” for the school run and defending my right to do so in this article, I’ve since come to the conclusion that making an effort to look smart/put together/tidy does not turn you into a neglectful, selfish parent by default.
And for me, it doesn’t mean tottering through the village in Jimmy Choos (I save those for London) and a body con dress either, though snaps to you if you can pull this off with aplomb and without falling over.
I like to be able come back after dropping JC off and work from home, wearing something that I feel at least qualifies me to be able to write about style. Should taking pride in your appearance, loving clothes and enjoying wearing them all day, not just at the school gate, make you feel shallow?
Come to think of it, why does what we happen to be wearing for school drop off even need to be an issue?
So… back to what to wear in winter when it’s cold, wet (or both) and you have a still bouncy labrador who thinks nothing of treading all over your feet at least fourteen times before you get to the end of the road…
Layer up and hide inside a parka – preferably one with a bit of faux fur trim. I’m never without my Hush cashmere beanie on most winter days – it hides a multitude of bad hair day sins as well as keeping my ears toasty.
And those Clarks boots would provide the perfect protection are from clumsy dog paws!
When it’s raining the outer layer needs to be lightweight and definitely have a hood – umbrellas, child, multiple school bags and a dog don’t mix. This Topshop rain mac caught my eye and is now winging it’s way here via the power of online shopping.
Trusty Hunter wellies are perfect for puddle navigation, coated jeans help keep out the damp and red lipstick brightens a gloomy morning. A fellow mum gave me a big smile and complimented my red lipstick on the school run last week… which made my day.
1 Cashmere scarf – Hush // 2 Essential tank – Baukjen // 3 Biker jacket by Baukjen // 4 Cutler & Gross avaiators – Net-A-Porter // 5 Stripe jumper – Hush // 6 Boyfriend jeans at Marks & Spencer // 7 Superga sneakers at Baukjen
On sunny brighter days (my favourite kind of winter morning), I’m not averse to baring a bit of ankle in some cuffed boyfriend jeans or similar. They don’t freeze on a twenty minute walk.
A cosy scarf, pair of sunnies and a smile are the only accessories needed for days like these.
All three looks can be paired with a cross-body bag leaving you hands free for child and dog wrangling and some of these pieces you probably either already have or would make a worthwhile investment. Laying them out the night before and co-ordinating your bra and pants is of course optional…
What do you think about the school run(way) debate and is it really even a “thing” when where we work is becoming more varied as is what we decide to wear, be it at home or in the office?
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