2020 Signature Wardrobe Winter Update

2020 Signature Wardrobe Winter Update

Let’s just say I’ve been cold, and skip to the rest of the 2020 Signature Wardrobe Winter Update.

My 2020 Winter plan was based on costumes for two characters:

  • The self-absorbed self-employed writer/editor/graphic artist.
  • The long-suffering part-time housekeeper/gardener/handyman.

I had a $1,000 budget, was looking for warmth, and focusing on morere or less the same building blocks:

  • Colour: warm, fiery reds, oranges, and yellows.
  • Pattern: one large graphic image or a few words.
  • Silhouette: My favourite is a 3:2 ratio – long top over a long bottom (e.g. tunic over jeans.
  • Design Line: Semi-fitted.
  • Texture: Light and Smooth.

I’d lost a little weight, but decided to hone in on – warm colours and warm layers.

  • 3 – 4 warm fleecy tops $100
  • long-johns maybe $250
  • jeans maybe $100
  • unplanned $250
  • contingency $300

2020 Winter Update

And my goodness, doesn’t March seem like such a long time ago?

A bit late for Winter, though it’s still cold enough to get some use from some of it.


It’s been interesting, with mixed results

Starting with the vagaries of pandemic inspired border closures delaying transport and receipt of mail order, by which I mean my winter wardrobe arrived just a few short weeks ago.


Any rate, my winter plan did not quite go according to plan.

  • Fleece-lined jeans, $41.41.
  • 2 fleece-lined dresses, $136.89
  • 10 fleece jumpers, $260.63
  • 5 fleece beanies, $32.36
  • 4 pairs of thick, warm hiking socks, $113.97


I was under budget by $414.74.

Mainly because I’d decided to work as much as possible within the clothes I had. Even before everything went nuts.

And like last winter, I bought less expensive experimental items, though overall it’s been less successful than last year.


Also like last year, hit and miss, both in terms of sizing and warmth. The dresses are toasty warm, though the jeans not so much.

The bulk of my “warm” layers might be okay for late Spring, but not late Winter.

The hats are a little larger and looser than I’d like, but it’s not like I’m wearing them outside the house (because I can’t go out).


Pretty much missed my style markers. I didn’t see much in the firey colours I wanted, though some of the patterns aren’t too bad.

I have enjoyed the winter dresses, though they aren’t a quick and easy wear in the way that Summer dresses are. There’s a bit of a chill from the ground up for one thing, and for another, they’re quite thick which can make it harder to regulate temperature. I like the idea of them, so I might try a dress that’s a little different next winter.

Next Steps

I still like the idea of costumes, though I’m looking forward to wearing my Summer clothes again, even if that’s with my new “winter” fleeces! Maybe I’ll have better luck with the reds and oranges next year.

How’s did you do over winter 2020?

5th September 2020

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