Itâ€™s that time of the year again- at least for most of us- when the leaves begin to change colors and we need to put on an extra layer or two before going out. Itâ€™s also my favorite type of weather in terms of getting dressed- big coats, winter boots and lots and lots of layering. Half the fun of getting dressed is layering! Here are some helpful hints on staying warm when it isnâ€™t outside.
Invest in a Good Coat
Your best defense against the cold is a good coat. Wool coats are a great investment. For aesthetic reasons I love crazy voluminous coats, but besides that theyâ€™re great because you can layer like crazy underneath without looking lumpy or puffy.
Lulu wrote about layering a little while back which Iâ€™ll just add to. Do your base layering with garments that fit close to the body (thatâ€™ll keep you nice and warm) and then top off your outfit with a couple looser fitting pieces or pieces with volume and a warm coat. Donâ€™t get too carried away with your layering though! If you go inside and end up taking off your coat you donâ€™t want to look like your closet vomited all over you.
Double Up on Tights/Leggings/Socks
When it gets really icy out, one pair of tights doesnâ€™t cut it. In the winter, Iâ€™ve usually got 2-3 pairs of tights/socks on at any given time. You can also layer pairs of tights/leggings/socks underneath jeans/pants for extra warmth. Look for thick sweater tights, theyâ€™ll keep you the warmest.
Protect Your Feet
Do your feet a favor and wear boots/booties/oxfords. Unless youâ€™ve got some hardcore feet that can weather the cold, avoid sandals or any shoe with an open toe. Cold toes are no fun.
Here I’ve got on a warm wool coat, an American Apparel cardigan and dress (under which I’ve managed to add two more layers), two pairs of tights, a pair of warm wool socks, and a pair of nearly-knee-high boots. Plenty warm.
My favorite Sartorialist shot is a perfect example of a great cold weather look.