Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Oh winter, how I complain about but secretly maybe love you for all of your layering possibilities. In winter, I embrace the potato with legs look and just pile on all of the coats and the big scarves. Want to stay warm? Wear a blanket around your neck or to make a case for wool capes, they work just as great! Wear a coat, wear your cross body bag underneath and then throw on a wool cape like a big blanket. Ultimate comfort.
I still wear my dresses in the winter because I feel nine months of not wearing might really cut into my cost per wear and I like my dresses. As mentioned in earlier posts, I like smartwool tights for warmth or I'll double up on tights or roll with leggings - I don't care a lot for fleece tights because I've found they wear oddly. They ride weird, kind of like a diaper and roll down easily, even in the correct size, and they pill very quickly. I'd rather double up on tights or wear wool ones than deal with poorly fitting tights or ones with pills all over them. I also wear wool socks over my tights to keep my toes extra warm.
In the cold, you have to embrace that potato look. I try not to look too overwhelmed by my looks by making sure my coats fit properly in the shoulders and I will usually buy a coat just a bit large so that I can layer a lighter jacket (like a fleece or a micro down, north face and Colombia have great lightweight down jackets for layering) or a few sweaters. Layers are really the key to staying warm. By trapping air in-between layers of clothes you end up insulating and keeping the warmth in close where one large layer like a coat and then a tee shirt really isn't going to keep you warm.
To help balance out all of the volume on top, I like the keep my bottom layers a little more streamline most of the time. I know skinny jeans are not considered super fashionable now but I think they will have a place for a long time in colder climates. The ability to wear taller boots or snow boots without having to do the dreaded roll and tuck of the jeans is pretty convenient and it really does help add balance to all of the big coats.
Mittens and hats seem like a no brainer but I am always surprised by how many people I see in the cold with neither. Find a cute hat you like whether it be a Stormy Kromer flap cap or a cute pompom hat and get yourself a pair of thick wool mittens.
Side note, I love this cardigan coat. It has a tiger! Free People is a great place to find fun cardigan coats and I find most of mine on ebay, although this was a lucky thrift find.
Keeping your feet warm is a big part of winter style and safety. I've worn a lot of boots in my time and there's nothing, even those crazy Baffin boots the north slopers wear, that is as warm as these. (I might be lying, those Baffin boots are rated to -80F and I have no idea what Moon boots are rated to. So far, I've worn them in -50F with cotton socks and have stayed very warm but Moon Boots suck for slushy snow.) I personally love the big look of these Moon boots, they are so fun and make me happy every time I put them on. I've found them very easy to style and worn them in my winter 10x10 last year - they look cute with skirts and just about everything. Except for straight leg pants.
I don't think I will feel shy about taking photos again! Here I was taking my outfit shots, all bundled up because it was a little chilly at about 9f and here's this chick taking pictures in her bra! (My chest hurt in sympathy, ow.)
Again, I'm wearing my Moon boots in this look with leggings, a sweater and long underwear and then a wool coat and scarf. This might not work depending on how you feel about cold and what your winters are like but above zero in the winter tends to be considered very warm for us. Dudes go to the gas station in their shorts and then slides and socks.
I will take this moment to make my yearly safety grouse: Pack your damn snow gear in your car. Anyone whom drives or really goes outside should be prepared for the elements, even if they're running out for a moment because it takes nothing to suddenly be in a situation where a car/bus breaks down, gets stuck, hit, ect. Many years ago as a stupid youth I tossed on a coat, snow boots and gloves and went to work. My car broke down in -55F at midnight. it was a populated area but no one was on the roads and I had to walk to get help. I ended up with frostbite on my legs, the one spot that wasn't covered correctly and I still have to "scars" from it. (Frostbite scars are hard to explain.) I always pack these things in my car trunk now: two down sleeping bag, an extra winter coat, extra boots, snow pants (better than a skoop skirt in case of emergencies but sckoop skirts are great otherwise) extra wool socks, road flares and my car tools. There are quite a few horror stories of people sliding off the road and not being seen which is where road flares are very helpful and knowing some car skills and having tools have be a life saver. (These days, google is an amazing tool and if you type the symptoms of your car and type of car into google, you can normally find youtube to help walk you through it. Of course, this doesn't help you if it's the fricking alternator again because who carries around a spare alternator? I should, that's who...) Don't be one of those people who goes from house to car to work and doesn't think about the cold because it will get you one day and it is deadly.