Stay Warm & Stay YOU
Written December 11, 2016
Today is December 10th, meaning we can officially and undoubtedly say that the holiday season is now in full swing (as evident by the twinkly lights lurking in apartment windows, bundled up evergreen trees lining the sidewalks, red and gold nails aplenty, tourists aplenty, etcetera).
Yesterday, the high in NYC was 36ºF. Today, my Weather app is flaunting the snowflake emoji and, from 6AM this morning to 6PM this evening, is plastered with “34º” (not sure how that’s cold enough for snow to precipitate, but that’s beside the point). Being from Maine, this weather shouldn’t feel that cold. However, there’s something about cold weather in the city that leads to a bone-chilling feeling unlike any other…Prolonged time outside and traveling by foot is inevitable, the streets and avenues between buildings become ducts through which whizzing winds can travel, and the temptation of constantly being surrounded by buildings (that are warm and heated inside) whilst walking around outside leads to only resenting the low temps more.
And...I dress to stay warm. Today's look: a pair of leggings atop another pair of leggings; Smartwool socks; a bulky turtleneck layered beneath an oversized fleece; a pair of $2.99 gloves from the Duane Reade around the corner (that are touch screen compatible!!); and my beat-up Converse (not necessarily the warmest shoe, but they're unrivaled in terms of comfort/walkability)...
Lately, walking down the street (and wearing the oh so swanky look described above), I’m finding myself dragging my jaw—how are people possibly pulling off fierce heeled boots? How are their toes staying warm? Dresses without tights; jeans covered in holes—where are people's layers? No gloves or mittens!? How do they do it? Of course, though, not everyone looks and dresses like a supermodel here (nor does everyone skimp on the outerwear). Many people do dress very practically (as I do). That being said though, of course, the common thread of practicality amongst the way many people dress doesn't mean these people's clothing is exactly the same—that their clothing is identical. Instead, inevitably, everyone has their unique style and flair that makes them them—that differentiates their look from that of the person next to them (wearing the same jacket, for example). However, it can be hard to really accentuate that—to really let one's unique style be seen—when he or she is hiding among layer atop layer atop layer...
So, what can be done?
To summarize my dilemma: how do I personalize my look—how do I feel like I'm outwardly expressing my unique self through my clothing—when I'm focusing so heavily on simply dressing warmly? How do I incorporate a unique flair? What's a way to make a cold weather, practical outfit more...me?
To answer my own question: have fun. Don't think too much. Wear what you like! Play around with accessories. Don't get caught up in comparing yourself to passer-byers. And, most importantly, stay warm!
Speaking of playing around with accessories...here are some ideas:
Have fun with hats!
Beanies, berets, earmuffs...the list goes on. Keep your ears warm! And if someone says, "Wow, what a beautiful hat you have. It goes with your gloves so well! Who are you wearing?" You reply, "Who am I wearing? Why Duane Reade, of course..."
Sunglasses are important! And can be spunky!
Even though it's not summertime, your eyes still need protection from the bright sun. Warby Parker just launched their new winter sunglasses collection called "Resort." This new collection is super fun, funky, and bold. You can check out all of their awesome frames and styles here. Maybe buy a pair for yourself or even as a gift for a loved one this month...
Coats, coats, coats.
A coat is an inevitable component of winter wear. Thus, why not switch your coats up? The options are endless—long or short, down or faux fur, button-up or zip-up, etcetera.
Bag it up!
Backpacks, totes, cross-bodies, clutches, NONE—whatever you prefer on whatever given day!
Sneaks & boots & SOCKS
I'm crazy when it comes to socks, simply because I'm crazy ABOUT socks. I love peeping my socks out of my boots or sneakers; I love sleeping in socks; I love fuzzy socks and tall socks and knit socks...I could go on forever. Also, you can truly make any pair of shoes (or most any...not sure about flip flops) cold weather compatible with the right pair of socks. Plus, they can add a lot to an outfit...
I know hand and toe warmers are mostly for outdoor athletics, but would it be lame for me to stick some in my gloves and boots and use them daily?
Stay snug, clutch a warm mug, and kiss your lovebug.
Oh man...What are your cold weather essentials?