My goal to wear everything in my closet is presenting a little more of a challenge as we’ve suffered some snow and sub-zero temperatures here in D.C. Although I gave myself a pass on some strictly-summer items like bathing suits and sandals, there’s still a multitude of t-shirts, sleeveless blouses, and short-sleeved cardigans that usually get stored under the best from September – May.
I’m still trying to wear as many items as possible, and there have been a couple of items that have helped me turn summery skirts and peep-toe heels into wearable, if not completely practical, items.
Sometimes I layer on 2 pairs for extra warmth or for textural interest. They make it possible to wear my favorite skirts even when the wind chill is at 10 degrees. Even better, the extra leg coverage means I can justify wearing some skirts that might normally be an inch or two too short for the office.
I’m sure it’s not groundbreaking that I layer these over printed shells and t-shirt to keep them in rotation for winter. My favorite technique is wearing two cardigans at once – it adds an extra dimension to the outfit (sometimes I wear vests under cardigans for the same effect), while giving me credit for wearing the short-sleeve sweaters.
I have a pair of old, old Target fake Uggs (I call them my Fuggs), and while they are probably the most hideous shoes on the planet, they keep my feet warm! Usually I’ll wear these for my commute and slip into cute shoes once I get to my office. It’s not the most attractive option, but my work heels (and my feet!) would never survive the slush and salt.
I look like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in mine, but I do not care. This coat + my Fuggs mean the cold cannot touch me. I’ve worn short sleeves under this coat and still felt warm and cozy. I’ve even gotten compliments on mine (someone from LA, in town on business), although I definitely didn’t buy it because of it’s attractiveness.
What have you been doing to stay warm but still cute this winter? Californians need not respond, we all know you’re at the beach!