If you’re driving with the top down during the colder months, you need to be dressed appropriately. Here, we examine the crucial components of a winter outfit and explain the importance of comfort, practicality, and aesthetics.
If you’re planning a winter road trip in your Morgan and want to look the part then you’ve come to the right place. After all, Morgan is more than just a motor company – it’s a way of life.
Three main aspects of your outfit should be considered before you start to piece together the ensemble: comfort, practicality, and style. Here, we examine each of these attributes more carefully in a bid to explain their place in the decision-making process. We’ve listed them below, and it’s important to note that they appear in order of priority.
- Comfort – First on our list of considerations is comfort, and that should come as no surprise. People typically associate comfort with loungewear, but it really encompasses much, much more. To be comfortable, you need to feel confident in what you’re wearing; necessarily, then, a comfortable outfit is one that not only avoids irritating you while you sit, but also allows you to feel confident when stepping out of your Morgan. Consider freedom of movement, as you’ll likely be out and about when you’re not in the driver’s seat.
- Practicality – Winter is the harshest month of the year, so covering up is to be encouraged. Depending on your destination, you may need to adjust your outfit slightly. A city break, for example, may not require the same degree of envelopment as a country one. The walks and enhanced exposure of destinations such as the Chiltern Hills or Kent Downs (both ideal destinations for a London road trip) lend themselves to more layers and warmer coats.
- Style – Morgan cars are naturally associated with the finer things in life. Your outfit should reflect that. Consider practicality, yes, but you also need to look the part; stepping out of a Morgan in a second-rate outfit is clear juxtaposition, an effect that no-one wants to create in their everyday lives.
Light shoes (above) or trainers won’t cut it. Winter road trips require more sturdy, durable footwear to be worn. We would strongly recommend a pair of reliable, well-fitted boots. This rule is pretty hard and fast regardless of your destination – be it a city, town, or hills, boots are a must from November until March.
You may want to consider two different pairs, depending on the plans you have at your destination. If you are likely to be exploring England’s green and pleasant land, a heavier pair for your excursions is advisable. Either way, a comfortable, practical, and stylish pair is easily achievable and should really be in your wardrobe anyway. Chelsea boots represent an excellent blend of these three attributes – just be sure to consider something heavier if you’re likely to be walking on rough terrain!
For the torso
Sufficiently warm and protected upper-body wear is absolutely essential for a successful winter road trip. For one, staying warm should be one of your utmost priorities while you’re out on the road. It is also important, however, to protect yourself against the other elements; wind, rain, and more extreme weather such as hail has a habit of disturbing even the most meticulously planned outfits. If you’re going to take pride in the way you look, you need to ensure that your chosen aesthetic remains intact.
With this in mind, investing in a reliable coat is a must. Depending on the rest of your outfit, you can choose a range of styles that all offer something different in terms of formality. Long coats should be accompanied by smarter wear, while a waxed jacket or windbreaker would both work perfectly with a rugby shirt and pullover jumper.
Many of these optional extras are mainly there to provide additional warmth or comfort in the face of more extreme conditions, but certain items are advisable regardless of the conditions.
Chief among these more indispensable additions is a pair of high-quality driving gloves. Your car, outfit, and personal taste should dictate the colour you go for, but buying from London Morgan guarantees the quality. For the very coldest of mornings, beanie hats are able to completely shut the cold out, while blankets are also advisable to keep your legs warm if you’re in the passenger seat with the top down. Sunglasses, scarves, and a trusty holdall are all also best kept in your Morgan throughout the year.
Hopefully, this guide has given you a starting point for your winter road trip wardrobe. To find out what we have in stock, call us on 020 7244 7323 – alternatively, our online shop catalogue contains links to many of our products.