Some of the Jungle Reds (cough cough Rhys and Lucy cough) are spending the winter months lounging about in the sun, probably wearing flip flops and capris. For many of the rest of us, however, the temperatures outside require a bit more substance:
However, if there's one thing I've learned after twenty-something years in Maine, it's that -4 degrees with -15 windchill doesn't mean your look can't be hot, hot, hot. (You see what I did there.) I've put together four outfits that will let you laugh at the polar vortex without making you resemble the Michelin Man.
I get to work from home, but I know lots of women aren't so lucky. Here's an outfit suitable for all but the most conservative offices: wool skirt over wool blend tights, cashmere turtleneck and insulated dress boots. Best of all, most of the pieces are on sale, which means you can afford the delightfully warm cashmere-silk Hermes shawl. (For some values of afford. Affordability not open to tuition-paying parents.)
SmartWool The Tight Too Tights Merino Wool (For Women)
Work in a more laissez faire environment? This all-natural fiber ensemble will get you to the publishing house or university free of frostbite. And you know if you work in a non-profit, they're not going to crank the heat up even if your window is frosting over.
Baby It's Cold Outside: Creative Workplace by juliaspencerfleming featuring a brown leather messenger bag
National Geographic Home merino wool cardigan
Comfort Corduroy Big Shirt
Frye brown leather messenger bag
Boden British Tweed Pencil
As you can see, this outfit, suitable for a lunch date, Saturday errands, or drinks with the girls, also signals my increasing mastery of Polyvore, as I figure out how to stack clothing. Next thing you know, I'll be photoshopping pics of Lena Dunham. Notice the common theme in all of these outfits: layer, layer, layer. Get those LL Bean silk long johns of some Uniqlo Heattech pieces and wear them. Every day.
I have to confess, I was looking for "long wool skirt" around which to start building a warm evening outfit, when I came across this vendor at Etsy. I stopped right there. Wool. Fur. Russian princess. I suppose I could come up with a more contemporary evening look, but I doubt it would be any more enjoyable than this.
Slim fit coat
What do you think, dear readers? What are your tricks for looking good and staying warm?