Homesteading seems to alter every aspect of your life. And that includes your wardrobe. Thankfully, I developed a system for my cold weather clothing that works well for chore time while also allowing me to look put together if I am running an errand or having friends over. So look no further if you are wondering what to wear for homesteading in the winter…
The main problem for homesteaders with winter clothing is that you have cold wet chores to do at home, but if you have to run errands or leave the homestead you don’t really want to show up in your overalls and Muck boots. But you also don’t want to completely change outfits multiple times a day. This is why I have a system:
The base of the system is leggings. (But let me be clear: Not leggings alone as pants. There are few who can truly pull off that look, and I am not among them.) Choose thick, durable leggings. My favorite leggings are Duluth brand * (and they have pockets!!). You will want three or four pairs of good quality leggings.
When you get dressed in the morning, put on your leggings along with the top you will be wearing that day. But, as I mentioned, your leggings are not the final destination. You will be wearing layers over the leggings. You will have chore layers and non-chore layers.
After you have dressed in your leggings and chosen top for the day, then you add your chore layers. Over your leggings add overalls, or loose-fitting work pants. I have overalls and a pair of old Levis I bought from an antique shop that are just right to pull over my leggings. Of course, you will also want to wear a layer over your top. Depending on the weather, this layer could be an old sweatshirt, or a warm work jacket. Most winter mornings I wear my sturdy Duluth ** work jacket. And, of course, my Muck boots.
When the outdoor work is over, simply take off your wet work jacket (or sweatshirt) and muddy work pants. So now you’re back to the base layer of leggings + top. Then, pull on a skirt. It seems so simple, but there is something about wearing a skirt (even a very casual one) that makes people say “You look nice!” Elastic waist band maxi-skirts are comfortable and easy to pull on over leggings.
When you are ready to leave for town, make sure to put on your town jacket instead of your work jacket! Heck, even add a scarf to really impress people. 😉
Some notes on the system
Keep your chore layer (overalls and jacket) on a hook by the door that you leave through to do the chores. That way they are easy to locate and you won’t track mud inside on your pant legs.
One additional benefit about this system is that it really doesn’t require a lot of clothing. The staples for this winter wardrobe are:
- 4-5 sweaters and/or tops
- 3-4 pairs of good quality leggings
- 3-4 comfortable maxi skirts
- 1 good pair of work overalls
- 1 work jacket
- 1 town jacket
- good quality work boots
- cute town boots
I hope you find this system helpful! Don’t forget to join the email list so you never miss a post!
* Keep in mind to order a size smaller than you would normally wear when ordering from Duluth. I am solidly a medium, but my size small leggings fit perfectly.
** This post not sponsored by Duluth. I just really like them. They are welcome to sponsor it if they wish 😉