Flipping through some current magazines recently, I decided that head honchos at fashion’s biggest periodicals must be promoting hypothermia this season. Short skirts, bare legs, sheer blouses – sure, okay, if you live in Arizona or L.A. this wardrobe could be practical and fashionable year round, I suppose.
For those of us trapped in the Northern climes with that wet, puffy white stuff – forget it, we’re freezing. Give me a polar parka or something, Vogue! As cute as they are, those microscopic sparkly shorts aren’t exactly what I’m looking for.
BB Dakota Davina Fur Trim Patterned Coat – so cute!
Though a heavy-duty coat and a pair of functional boots are the essential basics for staying warm and cozy through the winter, the real trick is learning to layer. The fabrics you choose are obviously a big factor in the warmth department.
I’m just going out on a limb and stating: wool is awesome. Sheep and goats have been keeping people warm for several millennia. Thanks, fuzzy lil’ guys! Somehow, wool still has a reputation for being a scratchy, temperamental fabric. Coarse wools are on the market, but the ultrafine versions, like Merino, feel great against bare skin. And the heavier styles are perfect for throwing over a button-down Oxford shirt or turtleneck.
Elizabeth and James Kimono Elijah Coat (yep, it’s bunnies…)
Speaking of cuddly animals who give their lives to keep us acclimated; I should mention that I, most certainly, am a big fan of fur. Though there are many who disagree, wearing animal skins is the best way to stay temperate when your thermometer is dipping into negative numbers. Your ancestors probably did it – and you should too. You can channel Bette Davis, Lewis & Clark, Kate Moss…the options are endless.
Minnie Rose Cashmere Blankie Wrap – Mmm, cashmere!
A thick, utilitarian scarf that you can actually wrap yourself in (making it more than a simple accessory, my friends) is one of the most luxurious and functional moves you can make. Add some legit mittens or gloves and a fuzzy hat and you’re bundled to perfection. Or ready for a snowball fight.
So, I’ve seen plenty of fashionistas rocking the classic, old-school Sorel boots with their tight denim, but weather-resistant footwear does come in trendier shapes these days. Whether they’re knee-high or ankle-length, sensible boots keep your tootsies snug in the sub-zero temperatures. Feel free to stomp that puddle of slush – your feet won’t know the difference.
Not sexy, you say? Au contraire!
Down jackets and their warmth cannot possibly be overstated. Fuzzy tights can turn summer/autumn dresses into winter gear or be worn under jeans. Silk long-underwear is another secret power tool. There are many more tips and tricks to staying cozy and fashionable – what’re yours?