This past week, much of the Midwest was frozen solid in a record snow storm. Wind chills reached the negative forties. Entire bodies of water turned to ice. And I had to scrape what felt like pounds of snow from on top of my car. But the weather got me thinking: what are the best wardrobe choices for subzero temperatures? I know the obvious choice is down-filled snowsuits that zip up to your eyelashes. But is there a way to be cute without being cold?
I say yes. You’ve heard this a thousand times before, but layering is everything. Start your outfit with a pair of long johns, a thermal, leggings or a tank top. Add a crewneck, cardigan or jacket over anything you wear. Hats, gloves and boots are a must. And don’t be afraid to double up on socks and such. The weather is also an opportunity to play with textures, colors and even technology. (Text-friendly gloves are a lifesaver.) If you dress accordingly, and fashionably, the cold doesn’t feel so bad.
Scarf, Urban Outfitters | T-Shirt, New Look | Chain, Nasty Gal | Gloves, Urban Outfitters | Socks, Asos | Crewneck, Romwe | Turban Hat, Asos | Denim Jacket, Topshop | Boots, H&M | Leggings, Madewell | Riding Pants, Topshop
Hopefully this slightly warmer weather will reign supreme for the rest of the winter, and we won’t have to embrace these fashion tips any time soon. But I have a feeling February is going to be brutal. So it’s best to stock up on these pieces now.