Wrap Up Warm on This Winter Night

A reader asked me what she should wear in the coldest, heaviest, most bitter winter weather and still look stylish. This is an issue that affects anyone who has to deal with bad winters, so I thought I would do a whole post for it. Now, this is easily something that I could devote an entire blog to, being from New England, but I have whittled it down to a few key suggestions.Let's start with the top half. I like the concept of light layers, because when it's really cold, one measly sweater isn't enough for braving the elements, and it's way too hot for the indoor heat. Start with a simple long sleeve thermal tee or even a whisper thin sweater. Then add a cardigan on top. These grey options, from Casch Copenhagen and Banana Republic are perfect, because they have design interest but are also very warm. Or, put on a cozy turtleneck, like the ivory one seen above, also by Banana Republic. You could also layer a short sleeved sweater over your tee, and then top it with a wool blazer, for a very Balenciaga look.

I think keeping things fairly neutral is the best way to mix and match. That way, you can begin with only a few key pieces, and re-wear them without wearing the exact same outfit. Two to three tees, four pullover sweaters, one cardigan, and perhaps one blazer should be enough for a solid foundation. A simple checked scarf (Banana again) and a colorful hat (both by Anthropologie) keep you warm and they add color to an otherwise neutral palette.

Now for the bottom. Wool trousers are great for warmth, but not so great if it's going to be wet, so go for a nice super skinny denim trouser instead. They'll keep you warm and they will dry better if snow or sleet happens to get on them. Wear nice thick socks and pull on some nice weatherproof boots over the jeans. If you want something a little more dressed up, and it's going to be a dry day, go ahead and wear a skirt. This red one is cut a little long, and it's wool, so it will be warm, especially if you wear it with thick tights. Again, knee high boots are best. Pick ones with flat, rubber soles so you don't slip all over the place. Long coats will keep you warmest. One that is somewhat fitted on top and flares out a little on the bottom is best for fit and comfort. If you pick one that is too fitted all the way down you won't be able to move, but one that is too baggy won't keep you very warm.

Labels: , ,


Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow nice job, as a born and bred minnesotan who has sometimes felt temps as low as -28 degrees i can say you have awesome suggestions. i may also add those cool glove/mitten things, where they're fingerless gloves with a mitten top fold over- they're helpful when you need to keep your hand from cracking, but also need to answer your cell or something haha, and berets always chic and warm.

November 5, 2007 at 5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, incredibly quick response and awesome ideas! Thanks so much!


November 5, 2007 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Thank you both! Jayne, those are great ideas - I love berets. Andrea, you're welcome, I am glad to have helped. Hope you have fun on your trip!

November 6, 2007 at 7:05 AM  
Blogger vorilee said...

Awesome tips! I have been hunting all over for the perfect boot for this winter. I fear it will be my land's end lugsoles again. I love layering pieces in wintertime. I work in the world's coldest office, so being able to add and remove at a moments notice is very very nice.

November 6, 2007 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Blaze said...

What a beautiful post! Boots, tights, and beautiful hats are all I need to be a happy winter snow bunny! :) Thank you for teaching us a few tricks too!

November 10, 2007 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

LOVE that red skirt.

November 10, 2007 at 10:38 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home