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Getting the perspective on climate adaptation with clothes

Last week when a colleague of mine from Arizona and I visited the Purdue campus in Lafayette, Indiana, I finally found a sense in the often heard greetings by the Fairbanks cashiers “I hope it is cold enough for you today” or “I hope it is hot enough for you today“. When walking on the Purdue campus, we got some funny faces. It struck me how people adapt to their environment.

style blogger in winter office look with diagonal plaid skirt, turtleneck top, cardigan
Plaid wool skirt with cashmere cardigan, GNW tight, Clark ankle boots (all own), turtleneck layering top c/o Adea, and white jade and onyx necklace c/o Almo Jewellery

Creating thermal comfort is affected by the weather you are used too

Indiana was very windy with temperatures in the upper 50s to lower 60s (~15oC). Given the wind chill it may have felt like 50F (10oC) or so. Coming from temperatures in the 80s (~27oC) she felt cold, and wore a tweed wool skirt, wool cardigan with long sleeve T-shirt underneath, opaque black wool tights, very cute booties, and an open black trench-coat style jacket.

I was wearing my Anne Klein open-toe pumps, winter white v-neck dress from summer with my Burberry plaid blazer, and no coat. Upon departure, Fairbanks’ temperature was in the single digits (-18 to -12.8oC), and I had exchanged my winter coat with my burnt red leather concon coat at the airport. However, in Indiana, this leather coat felt just to warm to wear. 😉

details of the look to illustrate the layering technique used to adapt the look to the climate
Zoom-in on the knotted cardigan, Hermes collier de chien bangle and leather band (all own) and necklace c/o Almo Jewellery

What is your cold or hot enough temperature?

professor in sheath dress with blazer
Burberry plaid blazer with Kieselstein Cord belt, Hermes H-buckle, Ray Ban sunglasses (all own) and winter white V-neck dress c/o Lookbook Store


Back in Fairbanks, it is cold enough again to layer. I am wearing a turtleneck layering top c/o Adea under a cashmere cardigan. I knotted the long “wings” to up the style. The plaid skirt is one of my wardrobe essentials. The layering allows wearing still a wool peacoat with quilted lining on the commute to work. But it is foreseeable that soon I will have to switch to heavier coats, or in other words, it will be cold enough to wear them. LOL. 😉

Pro tip: When wearing a longer skirt than coat make sure that at least an inch and a half to two inches (3-5cm) of the skirt show.

fashion blogger wearing Paris streetstyle with pea coat, beret
LeatherCoatsEtc red pea coat with winter white LeatherCoatsEtc beret, brown YSL bag, GNW tights and Clark booties for a Parisienne winter look

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Photos: G. Kramm

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