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Head band, GNW de Luxe sweater, smoky quartz statement pendant, Pendleton glencheck pleated midi skirt, Manolo Blahnik leopard print kittenheels boots, and Snow Touch floral down coat (all own)

Forgetting your clothes at 40 below

As a regular reader of my blog, you know that I am a passionate ballroom dancer and that dancing is the only exercise I do. My husband and I practice in a studio owned by the Fairbanks NorthStar Ballet. Of course, during the training I wear gym gear like print leggings with a top or when we are working on a choreography for an upcoming performance a practice skirt. Doing the latter is important to get the speed in turning right. The voluminous skirt of a ball gown – see this post from Dancing with the Fairbanks Stars for a photo – develops sort of a life of its own. It reduces your speed in turning and it still spins when you stop. If you don’t practice the dance with this effect, your performance will look awkward.

fashion blogger in floral puffer coat with contrasting lining winter outerwear over glen check skirt, solid color sweater with leopard print footwear
Head band with pom-pom details, GNW de Luxe sweater, smoky quartz pendant, Pendleton glen check pleated wool skirt, Manolo Blahnik leopard print kitten heels tall boots, and Snow Touch midi puffer coat (all own)

Loosing outerwear ins spring or fall

Of course, I don’t arrive in my practice attire. There are dressingrooms that the dancers can use. I can understand that teenagers may forget their jacket in the shoulder seasons when it is still/already chilly in the morning, but already/still pleasant in the later afternoon like it is the case in late April/early May or in early September. I can understand that kids forget their gloves or hats and that their guardians are to busy/stressed out to realize it. However, there is something that doesn’t get into my head.

Each week there is at least one down jacket or other heavy coat that was left behind. At temperatures in the double negative digits (colder than -23.3C) , one would think that you realize that you forgot to put on your outerwear when leaving the building. Even when your mom/dad picks you up at the front door.

Not that I never lost something or forgot something somewhere. But forgetting outerwear when it is so frigid cold outside that a freezer seems to be warm!

Walking thru the snow in ballet shoes

Monday last week, I saw the most incredible abondomned iten in the Lost and Found basket: A pair of heavy duck boots! At -20F and below (-28.9C) and about 5 to 6 inch (12.7 to 15.2 cm) of snow on Sunday, one would think that a person would realize running outside in their ballet shoes!

Not that I have never run out the house in winter bare feet by accident. But I realized it and went back to put on shoes to go to the just 20 yards to the mail box. The cold ground just hurts on your feet. That’s why I wore boots at 40 below for the bikini photo. And yes, I wear one shoes size up in winter to avoid cold feet at frigid temperatures. Shouldn’t s/he feel the freezing cold ground thru the ballet shoes too? What relationship do they have to their clothes and footwear?

#streetchic mature woman wearing trendy animal print with classic glencheck and a solid sweater winter office look
Black GNW de Luxe sweater, smoky quartz necklace, Pendleton skirt, GNW tight and Manolo Blahnik boots (all own)

My favorite trend

Now to my winter business casual look. One of my favorite trends this season  and in the upcoming season is the mixing of prints and pattern. The animal print trend is great to pull this trend off as it acts like a neutral when the piece in the animal’s natural color. When you never wore the mixed print and pattern trend before, start with an leopard print and floral or animal print and something geometric like glencheck or plaid or stripes. See this post on mixing prints and pattern to find out what works and what doesn’t. When you want to try the animal print trend you can find out how to look sophisticated in animal prints in this post.

#trendsover50 over 50 years old woman in winter work outfit business casual
GNW de Luxe cashmere wool sweater, smoky quartz necklace, Pendleton pleated midi skirt, Manolo Blahnik tall footwear, and Festina sports watcht (all own)

Business casual winter work outfit with leopard, floral and glencheck

In todays, outfit I mixed leopard with floral for the outerwear. Despite I  this puffer coat already several times on the blog, I never showed you its incredible print inside. Too bad that the coat isn’t convertible. The tiger and face print would be so cool street chic. Underneath I wore a business casual winter office look with a solid sweater and wool skirt. What are you wearing to work these days?

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. thestylesplash

    I love those leopard print boots! When I see discarded shoes by the roadside I always wonder how they came to be there because it’s usually just one shoe. I’m guessing alcohol has played a part!
    Emma xxx

  2. Jennie

    Absolutely Love those amazing leopard print boots!

  3. blogthirtyminusone

    Those boots are fabulous. I love animal print, it’s kind of timeless.

    Xx, Nailil

  4. yourtrueselfblog

    Haha! Nicole, you are so funny sometimes 🙂 I love how you choose subjects to chat about on your blog, and yet it links with your content so well. What always gets me is how people, especially men, want to wear their shorts when it’s not warm outside yet 😀 – Angie

  5. mummabstylish

    Wow that’s cold, I sometimes forget to put on an extra jumper when I leave a dance/gym class, but not in your temperatures Nicole. By the way I’ve just started ballroom dancing lessons! every year I watch Strictly Come Dancing and vow to start lessons, finally I have done it! I love going and things seem to come easy for me, I think that’s because of my dancing back in the day! Thanks for sharing Hun. Jacqui Mummabstylish

  6. Gorgeous look Nicole, love those boots! Oh, I have lost jackets before in cold weather and boy I am very careful now, taking note of everything I am wearing so nothing is left behind!
    jess xx

  7. Amy Johnson

    Dressing in frigid temperatures is such a challenge! Thanks for the party!

  8. This Main Line Life

    Ha, that’s so funny. Yeah, how could you not know you left your jacket. Kids can leave anything behind.
    x, Julie

  9. shelbeeontheedge1

    Nicole, this post made me chuckle a little as I have also seem some of the strangest articles of clothing left behind. And I live where it is equally frigid. How does one forget their coat when it is 30 below zero?! Yesterday, as I was leaving work in the middle of an ice storm (we got 1/2 inch of ice accumulation), the sidewalks were like skating rinks, and I saw a girl walking down the street in leggings and a short sleeved tee shirt. Ice was literally pelting us from the sky. Granted, it was about 28 degrees which can feel warm since it was -30 last week, but still. I was all bundled up in layers and this girl was just strolling along with lots of bare skin!

    I am pretty good about remembering my things…but I did leave the house once to pick up my kids in my bedroom slippers. I didn’t even realize it until I got to the school and started walking from the car. Oops!


  10. nifty50girl4237

    I always enjoy reading about and seeing what you are wearing and doing in Alaska. Being from the south, I have no idea what that kinda of cold is like. We complain at 40 degrees, you all pose for pic in bathing suits at 40 below. Love how you are mixing prints and fun colors to brighten up and have fun this winter.

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