I’m a huge fan of shawls and wraps for winter months. I drive to work (and everywhere, really!) so I don’t need a big winter coat, and I find that layering suits my needs much better. Winter coats are too cumbersome and hot.
So, my go to solution for the last couple of years has been wearing a mid weight jacket (I have a velvet riding jacket, and a velvet duster coat, or even a lightweight leather jacket) and throwing a shawl over the top. Perfect.
They also double up as an extra layer in the office, which I can wrap up in early doors and then throw off as it gets warmer towards the end of the day (although my boss did refer to one as my dog blanket last year!) Yesterday I was so cold I wrapped it round my legs in a granny style blanket. Cosy!
I bought this one before Christmas, from Matalan. It was £12 and I’ve already worn it loads. I’m always drawn to plummy colours and this works well with my wardrobe.
Last year I had this one too, which is slightly shorter and dressier, which was ideal for a more corporate office. It’s knitted with a crochet edge and feels slightly cape like! I wore it to death, until the trim had started to pull off and it had gone all bobbly. It also comes in cream. Again £12.
One more from Matalan, which they don’t do this year, is exactly the same as the one below, but without a toggle. It’s black with a herringbone trim, and fully reversible on to the herringbone side.
The one shown is from Peacocks current stock and costs £16. The only difference (and I know because I’ve seen it in real life) is the toggle.
I love this one from Peacocks – two looks in one. I’ve been hankering after a tartan one and could be very tempted by this. Must. Not. Buy.
And also this Aztec cream and blue one which would look great in milder weather with ripped blue jeans and stone fringed suede ankle boots.
I received this gorgeous one as a gift from my Mom and her husband at Christmas. It’s a snuggly popcorn knit and very cosy.
Here’s me all wrapped up in it – I was freezing!
I ordered both of these from New Look, which are in the sale and down to £18.74 each.
These have the addition of a fur collar and are both absolutely lovely. BUT I don’t really need another one (that pains me to say) and so I returned them. Wah! I haven’t ruled out reordering them if they drop in price further.
This one from New Look is also a good size and colour, at a bargainous £6.
I wasn’t sure if it looked too much like a blanket because it’s completely plain, so that went back too.
(feeling very virtuous, I’m trying ever so hard to be more selective with what I keep from my online shopping sprees for both money and space reasons).
Back to Matalan, who have this knit animal print one (more cardigan/cape like than blanket wrap).
And also this ombre one, which would be a good neutral all rounder.
Are you a blanket wrap / shawl wearer?
Thanks, as always for reading! x