Ahh, winter. It’s the season of cuffing, pumpkin spiced lattes and frantically Googling if it is possible to die from frostbite.
It’s for this latter reason that it’s also a time when the fabrics that make up your wardrobe become more important than ever.
Single-digit temperatures mean it’s time to swap fair-weather fabrics like linen for one of these seven heavyweight options. This is how to layer up in tactile – and yes, well-insulated – style.
Cashmere’s expensive, sure, but your investment pays dividends. It’s three times as insulating as wool (meaning you don’t need bulky layers to stay warm) and it’s an unalloyed pleasure against your skin, since the fibres are less than quarters the width of human hair.
That is, so long as it is unalloyed. If there’s no label in sight, you can tell the good stuff by rubbing it between your fingers. If it feels oily, it’s cut with lambswool, so don’t pay premium prices.
While that cashmere overcoat remains a dream, stick to accessories. A scarf in cashmere – or a wool-cashmere blend, if your budget is tight – will protect you from winter’s worst and offer a contrast to the textures in your tailoring. Alternatively, cashmere jumpers will keep you toasty without burning through your savings.