"There is no such thing as too cold. No. It's not too cold. You are not dressed properly. That is all." I was working for a well-known luxury fashion brand at the time, and this is how my boss curtly replied to my complaint that it was too cold outside. She represents the brand well--she's one of those women that just oozes luxury. Plus, she's Russian. Those two points alone make her an expert on the subject of dressing for cold weather.
She was right. I knew she was right, as I shivered beside her on the street walking home from a long day at work. I shivered in my wool vintage coat and plunged my ungloved hands in my pockets. And she glided with ease, wearing a chic black shearling number and smooth leather gloves, proclaiming, "There is no such thing as too cold."
So if you are complaining now that it is too cold, or even if you are wondering if it is even possible to look chic and still be warm, think of my Russian boss. Everyday Glamour Chicks, (E.G.C.'s), do not complain that it is too cold outside. They dress properly.
Here are the stay-warm yet chic, E.G.C. tip list:
- Warm ultra-thin undershirts can be worn under almost anything. Wolford makes an ultra-thin bodysuit, called the Buenos Aires, that is perfect for this. Warning: It's very expensive! You can find much cheaper undergarments very easily on the internet.
- When wearing a skirt or dress, opt for wool tights. Again, Wolford makes incredibly warm and durable tights in Merino wool that do not itch. (They are knit with cotton hitting your skin.) Of course they are very expensive but this is worth every cent. You might never wear pants in winter again, because these tights are so warm.
- Knits in cashmere & merino wool are the warmest. (Ok, so besides Alpaca, but you get my point.) Experts are always spouting on about spending more money on your cashmere, but I disagree. I see nothing wrong with going with more moderate price points.
- A good warm coat is worth spending more money on. We all know this.
- Find a scarf and a hat that co-ordinate well together. They don't have to match. This advise is so easy and obvious, yet how many times have you seen scarves and hats that look like an after-thought? Or like little lost orphans?
- If all else fails, do some jumping jacks. Awww, just kidding!!
Keep it E.G.C.!!!