Sunday, November 18, 2018
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.
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.