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Feb 14, 2020

Fashion Over Forty: Cashmere and Down - My Winter Must Haves

Happy Friday and happy Valentine's Day! There are so many wonderful spring themed outfits all over blogland already but here in my corner of the world it's still very much winter (today is one of our coldest days of the year) and I am sharing another winter outfit. What I am wearing today is basically my personal winter outfit formula, minus the boots as I usually reach for my black fur lined boots. 

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I felt rather silly when we took these pictures a couple of weeks ago. I didn't think many people would be around on this winter's day, but we ended up at an area where others were ice fishing on the nearby lake and several trucks were arriving to join the others on the ice. (I had no idea that the lake was frozen solid and that is was possible to ice fish on that weekend).

In today's post I'm wearing my favorite (Cashmere) sweater I got a few seasons ago. Cashmere is  expensive and this one was a great find at an end of season sale a few years ago from Talbots. I think this time of the year is a great time to find quality classic pieces at great prices, items that will never really go out of style and that will last a long time with proper care. (You can read in this post how I care for cashmere sweaters.) A classic cut cashmere sweater is one of those items to look for, as it's one of the best insulators so it's perfect for our cold and windy winters.

I really wish I could link to this specific sweater as it's an amazing quality,  it's a nice tight knit which makes it a wonderful insulator piece and it's lightweight. I've heard great things about Everlane Cashmere sweaters.

While I do like a good deal, occasionally I see an item I absolutely "have to have" even if it's not on sale. That was the case with this scarf  (and the matching hat which was sold separately) by Steve Madden years ago and I spent more money on the two than I usually would spend on winter accessories.
It's probably out of style now, but I love these colors on a cold winter day so I am continuing to wear it.  I'm not one to follow the trends too closely so it doesn't matter to me if it's old. 


My AG jeans were purchased from eBay, but this brand is available at department stores like Nordstrom or Bloomingdales, and select sizes at Nordstrom Rack. 

The boots are by Earth Origins (still available HERE). These are not the softest leather but still comfortable and roomy. They fit true to size. 

Below I've linked some of my favorite cashmere sweater finds. 

Everlane Crewneck Cashmere Sweater (lots of color options and other styles of Cashmere sweaters available.) // Nordstrom Halogen Brand V-Neck (this one is a looser knit and I wouldn't recommend it for cold winter days but a great choice of fall and spring and if you live in a warmer winter climate - I purchased it in purple) // Nordstrom 1901 Brand Cable Knit Cashmere Sweater 

Other great places to look for Cashmere sweaters:
Talbots - Cashmere Sweaters
Nordstrom Rack - Cashmere Sweaters
TJMaxx - Cashmere Sweaters
Banana Republic - Cashmere Sweaters

Of course I had my winter coat nearby. This is my go-to down puffer coat by Calvin Klein (old). I'm still wanting to purchase a black puffer coat, but haven't made my mind up yet and since I don't really NEED another coat. If you missed it, you can read in this post, how I wash a down coat at home. 

Cashmere Sweater Option // AG Jeans Options HERE (eBay), HERE (Nordstrom), HERE (Nordstrom Rack)  // Boots (Exact Style) // Down Coat Option // Scarf Option

This time of the year is also a great time to look for a new winter coat at a great price. Nordstrom Rack usually has great choices of winter coats. These are my favorite picks, but I don't think they are down filled.

These stores are also worth checking out if you're looking to purchase a down coat at a reduced price.
Macys - Down Coats
Nordstrom - Down Coats

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the 4 M's said...

Love the fun colors in your scarf! Sometimes it is ok to spend a little more on things if you like them and if you will wear them for a long while. Took me years to learn that.

Jennifer said...

I love cashmere and down! They are a musts for me!

Effortlessly Sophisticated

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Mireille. So true, and in this case I was worried it would sell out, it was right before Christmas. One of my favorite clothing items I've ever purchased :-)

Ellibelle said...

Thanks for visiting, Jennifer. Definitely a must have in the northern midwest!

Amy Johnson said...

Are bloggers seriously showing spring fashion already? UGH! I haven't seen that. Although the challenge for next month Ageless Style is "Spring Forward" so I have to be prepared. I love your sweater. I don't own anything cashmere. I also really love your scarf. It goes great with that sweater.

Makeup Muddle said...

I love cashmere, it's so cosy and perfect for this time of year! xo

Makeup Muddle

Laura B said...

Down coats are so worth the price for me! I notice such a difference in their warmth! Cashmere is a splurge, but it feels so nice! Love that sweater on you!

Joanne said...

I just bought my first cashmere sweater this year and just LOVE it!!

Doused in Pink | Chicago Style Blog said...

I love your colorful scarf! And cashmere is so cozy! I really want a cashmere sweater!

Jill - Doused in Pink

Jessica Jannenga said...

Love cashmere and I will also buy it on sale. I agree that you can get better deals off season on classic pieces- im looking for a camel coat. Love the pretty and colorful scarf! It looks wonderful with your green sweater. The puffer jacket looks so cozy and stylish too!
thanks for linking!
jess xx

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Loving all the pretty colors in your scarf <3

Green Fashionista

highlatitudestyle said...

Nice casual winter look. Your scarf is a real head turner. Love it! Thanks for joining the Top of the World style linkup party and sharing this great look with my readers.

Gail Is This Mutton? said...

The great thing about cashmere is that if you look after it well, it lasts for years. Thanks for sharing your look at #WowOnWednesday!

Mica said...

That is a beautiful scarf and I can see why you had to have it! it works so well with the cashmere knit and I think scarves will never go out of style, so keep wearing it! it's so pretty :)

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Hope that your week is off to a great start :)

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Claire Justine said...

Looks a lovely and warm outfit. Love the colours in your scarf. They go together perfectly :) Thanks so much for sharing at Creative Mondays. Hope you can join us again today.

Becky Goerend said...

These colors look great on you! said...

I have a couple of cashmere sweaters and they feel lovely to wear. Your colourful scarf looks great with the dark green sweater. Thanks for linking up!

Emma xxx

Shelbee on the Edge said...

Ellie, I love the color of your sweater and that scarf has me in a swoon! It is so amazing! I hate when there are too many people around when I go somewhere remote to take photos. It is even worse when I am going to shoot photos alone with a remote. I feel so strange and I will usually bail if there are people around!


mummabstylish said...

Lovely subtle colours, the scarf is very cute. Thanks for sharing today. x Jacqui

Nailil said...

Cashmere is always a good idea. :) Love the boots.

Xx, Nailil

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