A friend of mine came out to New York from California recently, and was commenting about the unbearable cold. It’s been a cold winter yes, but when I saw her wearing a thin cotton sweater, jeans, trench coat with no scarf and leather boots it dawned on me that not everyone knows how to dress for these days! It’s not a natural act… heck, I’ve spent the last three winters in the super cold and I don’t get it sometimes.
If you live on the west coast, visiting the East, or even going up to the mountains can be a real treat, really. I have learned to love snowy days! Don’t be intimidated by the cold! The thing is, you don’t have to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe, but you do have to have some key pieces you might already have.
Cashmere Socks: Wool socks also work in super cold temperatures. I just like cashmere socks because they’re so soft and cozy. It’s been totally worth it to invest in a few pairs, as they’re so nice to wear, even if around the house. Cashmere socks are so much warmer than cotton or synthetic fibered socks and they are the most luxurious bits of coziness you can put on your feet. I love the Kiki de Montparnasse over the knee cashmere socks with the red seem in the back.
Warm Tights: Growing up in Southern California, I thought warm tights were just the opaque ones. As a woman in New York, I can tell you opaque tights help, but they don’t keep you warm like tights specially made for cold weather. For some reason I never got into thermal underwear, mostly because it’s too bulky, especially with skinny jeans. A good pair of tights does just fine and you can find for an affordable price. The Plush Fleece Lined Tights for $35 have gotten great reviews for keeping warm without the bulk. I also have a pair of wool tights and a pair of cashmere tights that also work on even the coldest of days.
Cold Weather Boots: Depending on how often you’re going to be in the cold… it might be worth it to invest in a pair of snow boots, or even a pair of shearling lined boots. TIP: Make sure the lining covers your toes…that’s the most important part! There are more options than Uggs, like the Elizabeth and James Wild Combat Boots, that don’t even look lined from the outside. Hunter Boots make some great options as well with their interchangeable liners to help keep you dry and warm.
So that’s what you’d wear with your jeans to keep you warm, on the bottom half anyway.. Coats and sweaters will have to come in another post!