For those of you living in the colder climates, do you find yourselves avoiding invitations to go out at night because it's freezing?
Recently, I was invited to a holiday party and I was secretly wishing it was an ugly sweater party so I could bundle up and it wouldn't matter how I looked! There's nothing worse to me than going out into the dark and getting in a cold car to go somewhere. Often I'm even cold once I get to a restaurant or someone's home because they don't keep the temperature high enough for my liking.
So it gets even more difficult when you have to dress up because often women's clothes aren't made for warmth (Why is that? Typically men don't get as cold yet they have ties, suit jackets and thicker sweaters. They should be the ones in the strapless dress!)
Well, thankfully I have figured out some options that will keep you looking festive but also warm:
- Start with a good basic. Probably the best fashion investment than I have ever made is a black cashmere turtleneck and one in winter white.
- I always wear a silky, thin layer under my sweaters. I make sure that the underlayer fits snug so the sweater will fit over and you can’t see it.
- Keep a monochromatic palate by matching with the same color pants.
- Statement pieces like big chunky necklaces and bracelets are on trend right now. If you do go for a big necklace or over-the-top bracelet, then I would recommend very simple earrings or no earrings at all.
- Invest in a pair a basic black pair of dress boots with a side zip. I prefer kitten heels (only when I dress up, otherwise it's always flats) because they give the illusion of a high heel but are much more stable on my foot rests and practical for my wobbly ankles! I get them slightly big and wear long warm socks.
- If I do wear a skirt, I prefer a long one, as it elongates my body. Also it looks better since I don't cross my legs because I don’t want to cut off the circulation.
- If you prefer to wear a short skirt, then I would recommend warm tights instead of stockings. You can find thigh-high stockings instead of actual ones that you pull up over your hips, which is much easier when you need to go the bathroom.