I collect knits from the Amana Colonies Woolen Mill http://www.amanashops.com/category/about-us-amana-woolen-mill. In recent years, they've stopped making clothing to focus on blankets, and other items but I live nearby enough that the older items show up regularly in thrift stores. Not all the items are wool (this sweater is Orlon), but the cotton items are luxurious in their own right. The knits are not flashy, but they are well made, classic pieces that will never really look terribly out of fashion.
I wandered out in the -4 temperature this morning. Tomorrow is expected to be worse, -14 or some craziness. Layered with a cotton tunic under, and a warm coat over, this sweater did a pretty decent job of keeping me warm. As a bonus, it isn't so bulky that I was unable to get my arms through the sleeves of my coat.
Cables aren't a good look on me, but even being knit, and white I didn't end up looking like a marshmallow puff. It isn't slimming, but as knits go, it isn't bad. There was some thought put into the design, and it appears to have been made for someone with both arm fat, and boobs. You'd think that would be obvious with women's sweaters, but I have my share of sleeves that feel like I'm wearing a blood pressure cuff all day.
How about some corduroys? yeah, I don't like them either, but I like frostbite even less.
I do like the Western styling on the legs. I'm not sure I like them on my legs, but eh, whatever.
But before venturing outside, I needed a coat. This one will do.
Sure, I look like Paddington. I like marmalade. Danny (background) is wearing my old Dale of Norway cardigan. He's nearly outgrown it, which means next year I can have it back. The kid's arms are longer than mine, and we're close to the same height.
You know what this weather can do? My thoughts exactly.