The cold weather's finally arrived in Raleigh so it's time to break out the serious cold weather gear. I found this 1950s wool varsity sweater from NC State at a local estate sale. Not perfect condition but pretty nice considering the age. Wonderful varsity letter and woven-in sleeve stripes.
On my picking travels, I acquired a few pair of Swedish Navy wool socks. These things are pretty nice. They are thick wool but are very comfortable and not itchy at all. Best of all, they come up past your calf to nearly your knee and stay up nicely. These woolens were clearly made for use on the North Sea but would be fine to wear to the office - or even to church (if offerings dried up and the heat had to be turned off in the sanctuary, for example).
Even so, some of you will scoff. Yes, I did buy pairs of USED socks. On the other hand, these socks are Swedish Navy veterans and thus have probably:
*weathered epic North Sea gales
*seen the Northern Lights reflected off of majestic glaciers
*sailed through breath-taking fjords
*been with hotter (Swedish) women than I have even seen in person
To sum it up, I'm proud of my socks but I'm jealous of their life style.
I have a U.S. Navy issue (Schott?) pea coat but I also picked up this great, slimmer version from Cable Car Clothiers.
The Junior League thrift store yielded this sweet English cashmere v-neck in ivory while I picked up the Tarheel blue Scottish Shetland cable at an estate sale.