Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cold Weather Chic

 The first thing I ALWAYS hear when I tell people I'm moving to Wisconsin is "Have you ever been there in Winter? You're going to die." Not exactly the positive response I'd hoped for? I know I've never lived somewhere that experiences snow and freezing temperatures, but I'm doing my best to prepare for the worst.
I will by no means sacrifice style for warmth and comfort; I think there's definitely a way to incorporate both and not freeze your butt off in the snow. That is my own personal mission when I make my move. For now, I've been building an immense inspiration file of "cold weather chic" to help me build my wardrobe.
photos via: stockholm street style, garance dore & we heart it

I know there will be days where I"ll be freezing and just want to bundle up in a sweatshirt and ski pants, but for now I'd like to think I'm going to make an effort to stay stylish! In a perfect world my chilly winter's day outfit would look like this :
Cold Weather Chic
So for all of you experienced cold weather chic girls; ADVICE needed desperately.
How do you stay chic in the cold?

xoxo, lauren

P.S. I atually just bought the Sorel boots pictured above during the Cyber Monday Sales at Endless while searching for a pair of waterproof & warm cute snow boots.


Lindsay said...

Layers, layers, and more layers. Cute sweaters and scarves are a must. Looks like you have some great inspiration. On really cold days I'll wear leggings under my jeans. Wool socks are also a life saver! Can't wait to see what you come up with!


It cannot be as bad as Fargo, North Dakota so don't worry. LOL.


BASIIK said...

Yep, leggings under jeans. Scarves. Thermals underneath sweaters. Wool socks, or layered socks.

Faith J. said...

The only way I stay chic in the cold and snow is to get an amazing chic winter coat, preferably with a hood (so the hair doesn't get messed up). One that will keep you warm but is also tailored and flattering! I really like the boots you chose in your collage!

Lex said...

Great picks. I always find it hard to stay fashionable when there is snow up to my knees! The boots you picked are fantastic though they are practical but still look cool!

Enchanted Elle said...

Love these outfits, all very winter chic. Good luck with the move. I went from Florida to the Northeast so I understand. I second the layering, and my blog currently has a winter inspiration series going on.

Leia said...

Oh my gosh. During my first winter in London I was a complete DISASTER! I looked like an oompa loompa! But I picked up a couple of things along the way...

- have a 'basic chic' outfit to wear when you just can't be bothered. Mine was a pair of skinnies (dark wash denim or black) and a long-sleeved top plus all the outerwear (coat, gloves, snood, boots). It's perfect for laid-back days and you can really mix and match.
- wear tights underneath everything! I've known people to even wear two pairs of tights. I would wear a thick pair, plus a pair of thick socks so the tights wouldn't snag on my boots.
- layers are really important because you can get hot indoors and might need to remove a few!
- think about investing in some thermal underwear. I had one that was like a tank top and shorts and it's just worn underneath all your clothes, and it keeps you *really* warm.
- find a coat that you absolutely love, because you'll be wearing it all the time! I made the mistake of getting a really boring coat during my first year and I always felt frumpy. Even if you just get a basic black coat, make sure the fit is spectacular. And consider getting a size larger than you normally wear because you might be wearing chunky knits underneath! A perfect coat and a perfect pair of boots is really essential - as long as you have that you'll always look great.
- think about things to add on top of your coat. Brooches (as decoration or instead of buttons), belts, and other accessories!
- anything knitted/woollen is perfect: long socks, sweaters, etc., but beware of furry thingsbecause they can be a bit itchy! And cashmere is your best friend!

Hope that helps! :D


Claire said...

My tips are all here!

Good luck to you, it sounds like an exciting move!

lisa said...

It looks like you have some great ideas already! For winter clothes, I always look at material composition and construction. If you're going to get a wool coat, make sure it has an interlining (the insulating lining between the silky inner lining and the outer layer of wool). Most fast fashion winter coats don't have that (hence the lower price tag and inability to keep you warm in sub-zero temperatures). Natural insulating fibres (merino wool, cashmere, silk, etc.) should make up a large percentage of the materials composition in the sweaters and knits you buy. And waterproof boots with a good tread are a must for snowy days and frozen sidewalks, but it looks like you already have your eye on a pair of Sorels so all good. :)

All the best in Wisconsin!

Kristi said...

Like everyone said, layers layers layers!
To reiterate, sweaters under coats, leggings under jeans, and my personal favourite for me, two pairs of socks! (Cold feet are just the worst.)
Also make sure to stock up on hats and scarves!! They are a lifesaver, especially when it's windy out! Trust me, in -32 degree Celsius (about -25 F) windy weather, this has saved me!

Also, if you're still shopping for a coat, long ones are really nice when it's cold out.

Have fun!

Allison said...

Seriously, I cannot speak about the importance of layers enough - that's the only way I survive in the winter (and I'm in Jersey, not the north north where it's SO cold!). And maybe I'm really weird, but if my feet are cold, the rest of me is cold, so I always, always wear super warm socks, which I would definitely recommend.
I also wear long johns often, especially when I go snowboarding in Vermont - they're typically not super bulky, and they make all the difference in the world.
I'm excited to see how you dress for this new climate - I have no doubt you'll look amazing even in the freezing cold! xo

Megan said...

I love the 2nd picture! To keep warm I agree with everyone on wearing many layers. Also my Ugg boots keep me warm when it's really cold. The last thing is have one really good coat.


Anonymous said...

If you invest in one thing, make it a coat! It should be heavy-duty, extremely warm, preferably below your hip for maximum warmth, and include a hood and pockets. Add mittens/gloves, a scarf, and a cozy pair of boots, and you're good to go. I can't wait to see how you adapt to the weather!

xoxo Hannah

MizzJ said...

Looks like most of the previous comments have you covered! I would say invest if you can find them in a pair of those gloves that come with mitten covers - that way you can still have dexterity if needed, but the warmth of mittens when you're walking! Good luck!

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Rin said...

I am in love with your inspiration pictures. Those will be good for fall...haha. As someone else said, splurge on some beautiful coats. Don't expect to wear tights in the winter without freezing your legs off. Look for lined coats. Hefty scarves will become your best friend.

Nubiasnonsense said...

Beautiful pictures.. looks like effortless style

Anonymous said...

Love the second and the fourth photos! You'll be fine, you've got the fab boots, all you need is a collection of gorgeous scarves, a tailored wool coat, and some pretty hats and gloves. Also, my trick is to layer leggings or tights.



Petite Chic[k] said...

I live in Colorado, but I have relatives in Wisconsin so I know how cold it can get there! But it's still pretty cold here, and on snowy/chilly days I always layer a cute coat over my outfit. I have a few to choose from so I can always try to match it to my outfit. The coat can become part of the outfit, too, if it's really cold inside. Invest in some sweater tights and knit leggings--I like to still wear miniskirts and sweaterdresses so having a layer underneath keeps me warm and chic. Don't forget the cute gloves and hat. Get some good boots for snow or at least waterproof any that you have to keep them safe from staining. Good luck in the cold :)

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Cafe Fashionista said...

Ooh, I am in love with the first two looks - tres fab!

I live in SoCal - we hardly know what cold is here. :P

Shopgirl said...

Thermals!! They are the perfect answer!! They are thin and so so warm and you can layer up whatever you want to wear over the top and not worry about looking bulky or having too much else on - honestly - long sleeved and long legged are a must!

Then, hats, scarves, gloves to go with EVERYTHING.

Wool socks - two pairs at a time. You can even get thermal tights now too! So I'm told.

Boots are the ONLY footwear of choice so have a few pairs.

Good luck - winter dressing is so much more fun and you can do so much more!! :)

nikkistyle said...

OMG cool blog post :)

Ori said...

Just wear double everything: double socks, double hats, double scarves, double gloves/mittens and you're good to go. (I live in -20 degree Celcius weather sometime with wind chill and in those days fashion kind of goes down the drain :/) But I love layering a lot in the winter, and I especially love knitted sweaters and comfy stuff like that.
Good luck with your move!
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