It’s hitting around that time of year when we start each day with a mental count down to spring. J has started stating every time there’s a cold wind or ice on the sidewalk “we’re almost to summer now.” While that may be optimistic, I’m hanging on to the remaining cool days, remembering when the summer heat was too hot to walk outside – unless it was between patios and drink specials. I’ve never really loved the heat, coming from Canada’s East Coast, I grew accustomed to wet, moderate summers where we enjoyed the rare days above 30°C but much preferred when the evenings cooled down and we bundled up around the campfire.
The last two weeks in Chicago have been unseasonably warm meaning I’ve started my outdoor run training earlier this year and have enjoyed walking around the city in just a coat and scarf. At risk of sounding totally basic, I’ve always been impartial to spring and fall. In fact, many of my friends can attest to my late-summer texts lusting over cable knit and oversized sweaters. I dream of days in chunky knits and multiple layers. Luckily the Midwest winters promise just as much opportunity for the sweaters of my dreams as winter back in Nova Scotia.
If you’re not ready to bid farewell to the cold weather – or are searching for a new sweater to cuddle up in – here are my five picks for cooler weather:
Urban Outfitters oversized cable knit (similar)
Zara mock-neck (similar)
J often jokes whenever I purchase a new sweater that I’m adding to my collection of 1,000 grey sweaters – and while he’s right that my colour theme stays pretty neutral, I love each piece for different reasons. The Zara mock neck sweater has a raw hem which I love as subtle detail. The Madewell sweater is more fitted and has the personalization of the on-trend “hmmm” monogram (which sums up my thoughts a lot of the time). The UO cable knit is my comfy go-to and has been in my closet the longest. It looks great with leggings or half-tucked into a pair of well-loved jeans. The boxy sweater by Lou & Grey is possibly the softest thing I’ve ever worn. While I have more sweaters than just those mentioned here, these are my winter staples – pieces I’m not quite ready to pack away just yet – and would most definitely refer to a friend (a.k.a you!).