#2040 Building a winter wardrobe from the top down – first stop, a peacoat

Photos: Katherine Lowe

One of the greatest things about coming from New Zealand is our temperate climate. In summer it gets up to about 30 degrees Celsius (85 Fahrenheit), and in winter it goes down to about 5 degrees Celsius (40 Fahrenheit). It means that we don’t experience extremes of hot and cold, but it also means that I’m here in New York entirely unprepared for what’s to come. Two days ago, I began building my Northern Hemisphere winter wardrobe, starting with this wool melton peacoat by +J for Uniqlo. It’s the heaviest thing I’ve ever owned and I’m hoping it’ll do the trick once temperatures drop below zero/32. The sweater is one of the Uniqlo cashmere bad boys (on sale for $59.00 right now), and what you can’t see is a Uniqlo Heattech thermal tee shirt (also on sale for $9.90 right now). Next up, trousers, and then boots. I’ll be warm yet.


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  1. Jenny says

    Lovely photos, Ise, specially the first shot. And the coat’s handsome too!! Have you got a thick scarf for those bitter days? And gloves? And what about the shoes you’re going to have to wear once the temperatures really drop?

  2. *All Same Errythang* says

    Enough of these ‘me myself and I’ photoshoots Isaac. So awkward,
    and you somehow don’t seem to look any different in any of them. EVER.
    Yep, all 628 of em. Same ol’ rolled up pants,  same ill fitted
    blazer/cardi/generic sports tee (peacoat is a welcome change, however coming into summer its relevance is somewhat questionable) . Isaac, I like you, but im seriously questioning our relationship… Pleeaase switch it up, otherwise I’ll be forced to browse elsewhere.

    Concerned reader

  3. Dad says

    Brilliant jacket and great photos. The second photo is reminiscent of the cover jacket of ‘Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’, also taken in a New York street. To quote a song therein : “Wintertime in New York town, the wind blowing the snow around, somebody could freeze right to the bone, I froze right to the bone”.

    I’ve found a great movie for you to watch, Ise, but I’ll wait till you’re around and we can enjoy it together.


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