The past week has seen a real drop in temperature. After what has seemed like an extremely long summer, Autumn seems to have arrived with a flourish. To mark the occasion, Cotton Traders have launched their Autumn-Winter collection with a gorgeous array of knitwear among other items. I have been checking out a few of their new garments, and discovering the joys of the ‘coatigan’.
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Cotton Traders Knitwear
Like most people, the cost of living crisis is a concern to us as a family. Particularly when it comes to heating our home. We will be making more of an effort than ever this year to keep the temperature in our home low and layer up with jumpers. Knitted garments are ideal for keeping warm, and they look great too.
I’m not sure whether this means I’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, but I had never heard of a coatigan until recently. Now though, I am a convert. The Cotton Traders longline cable coatigan is a relatively light knitwear garment that is quite warm but not excessively so. Being lightweight, it’s easy to sling in a bag or car to put on if the temperature drops. I have had lots of compliments on the lovely pale duck egg colour of this one too.
Coatigans, as it turns out, are rather flexible. In contrast to the light longline coatigan, I have also discovered the Cotton Traders beau dogtooth jersey coatigan. This one is pleasantly thick, very smart in appearance and extremely warm. It’s something I’d wear instead of a coat to a smart function. With one button and two pockets on the front, it goes equally well with jeans, a dress or a smart outfit. This will be my go-to warm outer layer this autumn and winter for dry days.
Whenever I wear a Cotton Traders dress, people always admire it and ask where I got it from. This cord dungaree dress is no exception. As with any dungaree style garment, it does need a t-shirt underneath. I’ve tried it with both a long and short sleeved t-shirt and both look great. A dungaree dress with tights and boots or trainers makes for a lovely smart-casual look for the colder months.
You may have noticed that I do spend an awful lot of time outside. Between cold water swimming, running and walking the dogs, most of my spare time is spent outdoors. Despite this, I have always struggled a little to find the ideal lightweight weatherproof jacket. I have a couple of lovely warm coats, but when walking they often get too warm. Leaving me with a choice between being too hot or getting wet.
The Cotton Traders Singing-In-The-Rain Weatherproof Jacket is an ideal solution. Its soft jersey half lining gives it some warmth but it’s not ultra thick, so you don’t immediately feel like you need to take it off as soon as you start walking. A waterproof finish and detachable hood make it ideal for drizzly days. Finishing the look are some super useful side pockets, ideal for storing gloves. I really like the a-line cut of this jacket too.