I’ve been going a wee bit nuts mixing patterns over here this winter. Plaids, stripes, checks…all in the same outfit snuggled right up next to each other. It sounds scary, but I think it’s very elegant and classic if done in the right way. Here are my rules:
- Keep the patterns classic (plaids, checks, stripes)
- Maintain a similar color palette (blues, reds and greens all go nicely together)
- Quality is key when it comes to outerwear. Companies like Orvis and Barbour have pieces that are worth the investment and look beautiful winter and winter
- Have fun (because why not?!)
Speaking of pattern…y’all…this new check scarf by Barbour is.my.JAM. Aren’t the colors BEAUTIFUL? It’s the MacDonald tartan – which is one of my favorites because it matches everything…even a small buffalo check! It’s a lambswool-and-cashmere blend so it feels super luxurious. The blanket-style pattern with fringed hem give it a little something special. Snag one right now. Make it an Orvis Winter!
Bocephus has also stepped up his winter outerwear game this year. As a valued member of the family, it was critical that he also has a classic waxed-cotton coat to keep him warm and stylish on chilly walks around the neighborhood. He opted for the quilted version because of its wind/water-resistant functionality and it’s lined with microfleece for added warmth. He also felt the most handsome in this coat because of the hook-and-loop closure belly band that accentuates his curves.
For sizing, measure from base of neck to base of tail. Bocephus sized up (he’s wearing an XL) because he likes a little additional rump coverage and tail room.
Also, Orvis has the BEST flannel shirts! Recently I’ve been reaching for this fun red and black checked option because of the wicking performance – a key feature for rainy days. The bar tacks and bust darts give it a feminine fit, but I like to size up for an ultra comfy, loose look. When I’m not wearing my Barbour coat I usually layer it underneath a puffy vest for a little extra warmth. I always get compliments on it.
Bocephus LOVES his jacket because it means it’s time for a walkies or similar adventure. He was on Cloud 9…and then I put a wreath around his head (obviously…who doesn’t do that?) and he was instantly miserable. #worthit
We decided to test the water resistant fabrics…they held up VERY nicely. However, Bocephus requested that Orvis add a hood to the jacket. He doesn’t like his ears to be rained on. I’ll drop them a note.
This post has been sponsored by our friends at Orvis. Christmas came early when they sent us a couple gifts to try, but Bocephus and I would never lead you astray. Although…Bocephus is pictured here on a lead and was once a stray. Regardless, all opinions are our own and we think there’s nothing better than an Orvis Winter!