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Styling a plaid blanket over 40 at 40 below

midlife woman in winter outfit for 40 below
Plaid blanket scarf over long shearling coat belted for shape, accessorized with hat, leather gloves, Celine bag (all own)

Add shape when layering with a belt

At temperature of 40 below (-40F, -40C), one either has to wear a down coat or a long thick shearling coat with a blanket on top. I am not particularly a fan of down anoraks as I am allergic to downs. Thus, I prefer using layers and layers, which of course, makes me also look like a dumpling. But at least, a stylish dumpling. I have several of these wraps/blankets that I can wear around this long shearling coat. I usually belt the blanket/wrap to give the outfit some shape as shown above and below.

midlife woman in posh chic winter outfit to stay warm at freezing temperatures
Side view of the plaid blanket over long shearling coat outfit to show the hood of the coat

Layer your winter outfit

Under this outer outfit, I of course, wore long sleeve silk underwear under my indoor outfit. It consist of my tweed skirt, argyle cashmere sweater, and a cashmere cardigan. Double tights and extra socks are a must as well. Taking the indoor outfit picture outside is an extra challenge at these temperatures. I have to admit that taking for the photo, I wore the suede boots, despite I wore my gray pumps at the office. I just could not bear the cold feet taking the photo with the pumps. When wearing pumps the indoor outfit gets a Euro Chic vibe with all the pearl necklaces like Mademoiselle.

Mature woman in posh chic work outfit
Argyle cashmere sweater under cashmere cardigan worn over tweed skirt and tights with Vince Camuto suede boots accessorized with multiple strings of pearls (all own)
#fashionover40 Classic winter work outfit | High Latitude Style | http://www.highlatitudestyle.com
Side view of winter work outfit with sweater, cardigan, tweed skirt, tights, boots and pearls

Do you style your outerwear? Do you layer to increase the insulation and to look stylish at the same time?

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Photos: G. Kramm

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