I love the outdoors – to me, weekends are made for long walks with the pooch, playing in the garden, and getting some much needed fresh air after a week cooped in an air-conditioned office! As you read this, the pooch and I are exploring Pembroke – I drove down here on Friday with a car packed for every eventuality: sunbathing with a book on the beach, sauntering around Welsh villages in jeans and jumped, and traipsing through muddy fields in wellies and a waterproof are all anticipated and catered for! Yet being active and outdoors-ey doesn’t always go well with being plus-size so I thought I’d share some of my “off-duty wardrobe” essentials with you.
My mouldy old wax jacket is a Barbour Beadnell – it has a liberty print fabric inside which has since sold out.You can get similar here in sizes 12 – 20.I own the size 18 which is roomy enough to wear with jumpers and scarves through winter. It has kept me warm through several winters and is still waterproof. I bought a hood for it separately that doesn’t quite match in the wax colour or the print but it does a great job of keeping me dry in those British showers! I’ve owned it for 3 years and should probably re-waterproof it soon but haven’t yet.
|Hedgehog Fastpack GTX Ladies Hiking Shoe|
The lightweight waterproof I’m wearing above is perfect for temperate walks (cause you never know when a cloud is gonna come and cry all over you). It is fully waterproof, breathable, has many pockets for storage, and an adjustable hood. The Regatta Outlet is amazing for finding outdoor bargains – you can get similar here.
My other must have items for being active outdoors in the UK are a pair of chino shorts – the photo above are actually being worn in Mauritius but I have packed them for Pembroke and no from experience that I can walk all day in these without chub rub. They’re also great for rolling up and down depending on how short you want them at the time. These are from Next for only £16 and come in sizes 6 – 22. Do you have any must have items for being active outside in our changeable weather? I’d love to expand my wardrobe some more!