Sunday, November 18, 2018

Real Winter Style

Well, it has been more than a hot minute  since I last wrote. I know, words!? Ive just been busy in real life and the blog has fallen off to the side. Winter has decided to finally grace us and while I don't love the deep cold, I actually really enjoy winter dress. All of the coats and layers and boots!

This outfit was for a colder day and while I am not wearing a heavy parka (it was right at 0F) I was warm. Staying warm in the winter is really all about the layers and I am a firm believer  that you don't have to buy an $800 coat to stay warm - I say this as someone who lives in a place where the temps drop to -60F. This day I wore a silk cami, a Alice and Olivia cashmere sweater, a wool sweater coat, a wool skirt, thick tights with wool socks, knee high boots and a shearling coat. I walked around downtown quite a bit and ended up being a bit too warm but there's the beauty of layering, you can take stuff off! I like smartwool tights and darn tough wool socks but Costco also sells merino wool socks in a three pack for $12.99 and I've used those for skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, packing wood, you name it, I've done it in those socks and they are the bomb.

I get cold during the first temp drop into the teens and after that I'm acclimated  to the cold. This isn't true for everyone so take any of my advice with a grain of salt. 40f might feel like hell frozen over to you so it is important to experiment with what works for you. I do like cashmere and wool sweaters but wool drives me crazy so I always wear a long sleeve tee or a silk cami underneath - this keeps me from being driven crazy with itchy wool and preserves body heat.

 Smart wool tights, camis and slips you guys - this is a big part of wearing dresses in the cold and not being cold. 

 I really enjoy wearing this Sorrel Conquest boots, they don't slip around on the ice and they are pretty cute. However, the liners for these are thin and while I feel ok in them down to 0F, I need two layers o wool socks if I want to wear them in colder weather.  The Sorrel Caribous are better for deep cold but I hate how they preform in slush and wet snow. If you want a good winter boot for deep col that stays warm, the infamous Bunny boots, Baffin's winter boots which are rated to -80F, Moon boots (which I raved about in last winter's posts) and Boggs' insulated Farm boots are all good choices.  If it doesn't get as cold, Sorrel has a ton of cute winter offerings.

I love coats and because our winters are so long, I have quite a few. Mine are a variety of warmth but this Helmut Lang one is one of my warmest! You wouldn't think a fashion coat would be as warm as a technical coat but I've been very pleased with the heat retention of this coat and as a bonus, it is really gorgeous. I think it makes a big difference  if you have coats you love to wear during the winter, it makes for going outside not being a miserable slough.