See these bloggers’ chic cozy look for their climate
Marc Aural shearling motorcycle jacket, Pendleton pleated wool skirt, GNW legwear, Daily Shoes booties, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, smokyquartz pendant, 3.1 Philip Lim bag (all own), cloche c/o Tenth Street Hats, and top c/o Coolibar
Contents
  1. What exactly is the meaning of cozy?
  2. Now what is cozy?
    • What is called a cozy look in western Europe?
    • What do Southern Belles call a cozy outfit?
    • Where are winters the most chilliest
    • What is cozy in Colorado and Illinois?
    • What is comfortable to wear at which temperatures in Alaska?
  3. Stylish Monday linkup party

What exactly is the meaning of cozy?

When you speak several languages, you know that there are words that don’t have just one meaning in a different language. Or words that don’t even exist. Or a word relates to the different cultural content in which the native speakers use the word. Learn more about cultural diversity in dressing in the post at the link.

Cozy is one of them. The word cozy translates to the German word gemütlich. However, when I hear the former, I think of being inside on a cold Alaskan winter day cuddling on the coach with my cat, a thick blancket, a book and a mug of hot chocolate, or of a romantic dinner with my husband in downtown Fairbanks sitting on a table at the window and watching the snow falling illuminated by the twinkle lights while eating minestrone, salad, pizza or spagetthi and drinking a glass of valpolicella. As an Alaskan also the image of a miner in his dry cabin sitting at his wood stove in winter during the Gold Rush times pops up.

On the contrary, I associate gemütlich with a half-drunken, beer-dop crowd overeating on pork or sausages with dumplings and Sauerkraut, singing and jelling along with the music in a beer garden, in a tent on Oktoberfest or in a local brewery’s beer house. The song Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit comes into mind. When you watched the TV-series Winds of Wars, you may remember the scene when the Americans fleeing from Poland were served beer and food by the Germans on their way to Stockholm. After several 1 liter mugs of beer, they started to link arms and swayed from side to side (Doing so is called “schunkeln”.); most of the crowd sang along this song to the music that was played by a live band.

Now what is cozy?

It’s not an absolute. It depends on the conditions. Let’s start with the German understanding of the word. In case of Bavaria, the outfits worn in the gemütlich environment would be a Dirndl and Lederhosen with a large size gingham patterned button-down shirt (blue-white or red-white) and a janker jacket for the women and men, respectively (see post at the link for a description). A Dirndl must be snug and tight, Lederhosen are thought to be good when they can stand on their own. These properties aren’t cozy at all, neither comfortable nor homely, pleasant, homey, leisurely, you name it.

woman in Dirndl and man in Lederhosen with a leather Janker
My husband and I in a long Dirndl and lederhosen, respectively

In case of the other German Federal States, the outfits would be casual, i.e. at least comfortable and may be leisurely. Think abong the line jeans and Tee with sneakers or Birkenstocks to dressed-down business casual. See the photo below for dressed-down business casual style in an East-German restaurant that is considered “gemütlich”.

“Auerbachs Keller” by michimaya is licensed under CC BY 2.0. This resuatrant in Leipzig, Germany is considered “gemütlich”. It is famous because already Johann Wolfgang von Goethe had spent time there when he was a student at Universität Leipzig. Note that this university is one of my Alma Maters.

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What is called a cozy look in western Europe?

Western Europe has a maritime temporate climate like that in the Pacific Northwest (see the post at the link for more information on this climate region). I lived in this climate for 38 years. I found the cold season just miserable.

In the Netherlands, Ireland and Great Britain, temperatures rarely drop below 0F (-18C). Their weather that makes you feel the most uncomfortable, is temperatures around the freezing point with humidity close to 100% and strong winds. Such weather frequently occurs in winter in mid-latitudes coastal regions on the west side of the continents. These weather conditions cause slight to moderate cold stress when staying outside for a while even when dressed appropriately like the next three bloggers.

Nancy Baten of Nancy’s Fashion Style bundled up in a chic midi coat with a faux fur collar and leather pants. Leather is perfect to keep the wind out. The purple color really brightens up such such winter days. It’s a great way how to up the mood on rainy days everywhere. She wears an updo for style, but it also helps to protect hair damage caused by friction in windy conditions.

Nancy Baten in a purple midi coat with black collar, gloves, leather trousers and edgy booties
Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style stays warm in a purple statement coat with black faux fur collar, leather pants and edgy booties and gloves. Photo courtesy to her

Emma of Style Splash lives in the UK. She faces the weathers in an interesting three neutral colors outfit. She keeps the look chic with a stripped Teddy jacket that picks up the colors of the other pieces like the jeans, turtleneck sweater, tall boots, matching balloon hat and crossbody bag. She also creates interest by working with structure – smooth leather vs. rough Teddy faux fur. The air stored between the fiber of the Teddy fabric provides insulation. A balloon hat won’t fly away in windy weather. To learn more about creating all neutral outfits visit the guide at the link.

Emma of Style Splash in Teddy jacket, ballon hat, jeans, boots
Emma of Style Splash in a striped Teddy jacket, ballon hat, sunnies, jeans and tall boots. Photo courtesy to her

Hilda Smith of Over the Hilda features her classic cut navy multon winter coat. This material is well suited for wet climates (learn more in the post at the link).  I love how she shows off the winter weather in this photo. See how she fights with the wind blowing her hair into her face.

Hilda of Over the Hilda with bag wearing coat, turtleneck sweater, button-down skirt, boots
Hilda of Over the Hilda fighting the winds in a coat over a turtleneck sweater and button-down skirt with boots and bag. Photo courtesy to her

In mid-latitude marine temperate climate, a scarf or turtleneck are Must-haves to keep your neck warm. Since the wind would play with a scarf that is styled hanging over the coat, your best options and chicest to protect your neck from the cold are an infinity scarf like Nancy’s, wearing your scarf in a European Loop under or over your coat (see this post for examples), or wearing a turtleneck sweater like Emma and Hilda do.

What do Southern Belles call a cozy outfit?

Andrea Schwartz of Pearls and Pantsuits is a real Southern Belle living in American Southeast. This region has subtropical humid climate (see post at the link for more about the conditions). While there temperatures rarely go below the freezing point, I would wear an outfit like hers up here in Alaska at temperatures between 5 and 23F (-10 to -5oC). People adjust to the climate region they live in.

Andrea of Pearls and Pantsuits in jeans, otk boots, turtleneck, houndstooth coat
Andrea Schwartz of Pearls and Pantsuits in jeans, otk boots, turtleneck and houndstooth A-line coat with gloves

Robin LaMonte of Hello I’m Fiftyish is also from the US South. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. In the Interior, stylish Alaskan women would wear her look with pumps at temperatures between 23 and 40F (-5 to 5oC) as long as there is no snow on the ground. When there is a snow cover, a stylish Alaskan woman would wear her look with pantyhose and booties. Yes, in Alaska you would wear the sunglasses because of the light reflections of the low Sun on the snow. While most Alaskan women wouldn’t wear a hat at these temperature condition, I would wear the hat to look stylish.

Robin LaMonte of Hello I'm 60ish in red-black-white winter look of hat, leather skirt, sweater, otk-boots, blanket scarf
Robin LaMonte of Hello I’m 60ish wearing a fur hat,red leather skirt, black sweater, statement belt, gloves, sunglasses over-the-knee boots and a blanket scarf in Georgia winter. Photo courtesy to her

Nina Bandoni of Sharing a Journey also lives in the humid subtropical climate zone. When you follow her on social media, you know she still calls Florida her home, but intends to move into the mountains.

Yes, you can wear white in winter. Here at the Last Frontier, I would wear an outfit like hers on rainy days in summer when temperatures are in the 50s (10 to 15oC).

Nina Bandoni of Sharing a Journey in white pants, leather jacket and open toe-booties
Nina Bandoni of Sharing a Journey feels comfortable in Florida’s winter in a printed blouse, biker leather jacket, open toe booties and white pants. Photo courtesy to her

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Where are winters the most chilliest

In college, I once was at the farewell party of my bff. She had bought an old house in the Provence, just 25 miles (40 km) drive from the Mediteranian Sea. One of the guests’ significant-other asked her to where she would move. Her answer was “I move to where the winters are the most chilliest in Europe.” Everyone was in shock. Then she said “Didn’t you know that old houses in the Mediterranean region have no furnace? Thus, you freeze your bum off in an old house like mine in the middle of the rainy winter.”

Suzanne Ball the stylist at Ask Suzanne Bell lives in a Mediterranian climate in Northern California. She quite bundles up to stay comfortable. Their short winter comes along with slight cold stress for all who live there. However, when an Alaskan woman like me visits there for a week in December, feels like she gets a little mini summer. Everyone runs around in puffer coats, while the crazy Alaskan wears a light blazer – open of course.

Suzanne Bell in posh casual Teddy coat, dress pants, T-shirt, silver pumps
Suzanne Bell of Ask Suzanne Bell in a Teddy coat, dress pants, silver pumps, white T-shirt with a crossbody clutch

What is cozy in Colorado and Illinois?

Cindy Scurry of the Middle Sister Style Blog lives in Denver. See this post on how to adjust to the climate in Denver for more information on the subtropical steppe climate she lives in. She wears a trendy teddy bear coat to stay warm when it’s cold outside. She styled it with a classic long leopard print scarf. Underneath she wears a winter white sweater with a pendant necklace.

Cindy Scurry in a trendy teddy coat with leopard print scarf and winter white sweater
Cindy Scurry of the Middle Sister Style Blog in a tan trendy teddy coat with a classic leopard print scarf and winter white sweater. Photo curtesy to her.

Julie Augustyn of Fashion, Trends and Friends calls Illinois her home state. Here you have humid continental climate (see post at the link for details on the weather). She shows how she layers for comfort.

Julie Augustyn of Fashion, Trends and Friends in yellow Fair Isle sweater, jeans, booties, pendant necklace
Julie Augustyn of Fashion, Trends and Friends in a yellow Fair Isle sweater, gray jeans and booties accessorized with a pendant necklace and bold matching earrings. Photo courtesy to her
Julie in Fair Isle sweater and jeans layered under a trendy Teddy coat
Julie Augustyn of Fashion, Trends and Friends in a yellow Fair Isle sweater, gray jeans and booties accessorized with a pendant necklace and bold matching earrings, and winter white short Teddy coat. Photo courtesy to her

What is comfortable to wear at which temperatures in Alaska?

As you see when looking at the above examples, what a person considers to be cozy strongly depends on the ambient humidity, temperature and wind conditions of the environment they live in. Nina and I demonstrated already last February how different a spring work outfit is in the South vs. North.

In Fairbanks, cold season temperatures range from around the freezing point to way below -40 F/C. The cold season starts in October and ends in late April, i.e. it lasts seven months. In the Interior, people fear wind more than 40 below. At 40 below, a bikini look is a Must-wear at least once for many Fairbanksan women, which is not cozy at all, but donning it once makes everything else feel cozy in comparison.

Now let’s see what I find cozy. When cuddling at home with the cat on the coach or in bed while reading a book and drinking choco, it surely is a PJ. I love the ones that are cut like a men’s PJ were cut in the mid of the last century. Preferably with a print like stingray, leopard, hounds tooth, polka dots, or abstract florals. Since a furnace even when burning fuel 24/7 fails to heat the room of a 5 star rated house to 68F (20oC) at below 40 (-40oC), one made of flanel is fine.

Alaskan blogger in PJs brushing a cat while sitting on a coach
Me at home, brushing our cat Celestina. I am wearing a Cool Night Pajama top and bottom c/o Soma Intimates. Book c/o Intecoo
fashion blogger in PJs sitting in bed cotton sateen cover and pillows
Me sitting in bed, reading a book and petting Celestina. Duvet cover set c/o SouthShore Fine Linens, Anne Klein PJs (own)

In the case of a cozy dinner with my sweetheart, I wouldn’t speak of a cozy outfit at all. I would wear a dress or a skirt-top outfit. The outerwear would be appropriate for the outside temperatures. Typically, snowfall occurs between -4F and 36F (-20 to 2.2o in Fairbanks. Thus, my navy blue downcoat, gray shearling or light denim coat would be it with a beret or wool felt hat and a scarf. Here the coats are listed in the order from the coldest to the highest temperature. None of these looks would feel cozy at all even for longterm Alaskans who are adapted to the cold environment. A long walk to the car, which hopefully would start despite not been plugged in, would lead to some degree of cold stress. Sure, you could bundle up more, but what will you wear when the temperatures drop even lower than -4F? It is important to identify the best downcoat for the temperature range. Below, see my outerwear in form of a thermometer.

40 to 50F (5 to 10oC)

Fashion blogger in self-made tiered skirt styled with top, leather jacket and studded pumps
Newport News biker jacket, Hermes collier de chien bangle, multi gemstone bangle, DIY tiered skirt, Valentino studs pumps (all own), baroque multi color pearls c/o Pearl Claps and boatneck top c/o Covered Perfectly

10 to 20F (-12.2 to -6oC)

over 50 years old blogger in denim coat layered over knit wear to stay warm in cold weather
Max Mara denim coat, Harley Davidson booties, unbranded structured bag, Vince knit skirt, Anne Klein crewneck cashmere sweater, Rebecca Collins belt, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves (all own) and tights c/o Histik Legwear

-15 to -4F (-26.1 to -20oC)

style blogger in burgundy, black pink winter outfit with head gear
Walrus wool felt cloche c/o Fashionable Hats with own Cole Haan shearling coat, GNW tights, GNW cardigan, statement belt, unbranded structured bag, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves and Daily Shoes booties

below -20F (-28.9oC)

Style book author in long winter coat, boots, dress with gloves, wooden bag and hat
Calvin Klein sheath dress, moky quartz necklace, Judith Leiber belt, GNW tight, Vince Camuto suede boots with chain detail, striped coat, pearl studs, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, Timmy Woods wood bag (all own) and Scala Fabia wool felt hat c/o Tenth Street Hats

20 to 40F (-6 to 5oC)

Alaskan woman in red cape, tights and boots with black gloves, beret
Armani cape, Celine tote, GNW tight, Manolo Blahnik booties, Moda International cardigan dyed red, LeatherCoatEtc leather beret and gloves (all own)

-4 to 10F (-20 to -12.2oC)

style book author in posh winter outerwear
Walrus wool felt cloche c/o Fashionable Hats, fitted downcoat c/o Happy Goat Lucky with own LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, unbranded structured work tote, DIY dress, quarz earrings, and L.K. Bennett tall suede boots

-20 to -15F (-28.9 to 26.1oC)

Style blogger in floral print down caot with shearling hat
Snow Touch floral down coat, 3.1 Philip Lim bag, Salamander shearling booties, shearling hat, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves (all own) and tights c/o Hipstik

below -20F (-28.9oC) indoor outfit

fashion over 50 woman in winter outfit at -41C
Halogen skirt, GNW Luxe sweater, GNW leopard print cardigan, GNW tight, Kieselstein Cord belt, H buckle, Jord bamboo watch (all own) and boot topper c/o Top of the Boot

You can find indoor cold (and warm) season outfits in my lookbook what to wear in Alaska series.

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Stylish Monday linkup party – Cozy outfits

9 hostesses of January Stylish Monday linkup in cozy chic outfits
Nine of the hostesses of the January Stylish Monday linkup party

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Anna Shirley

    I like the cozy chic. But to be honest, I’m happy that I don’t need nothing like this now. You have mastered this style.

    Anna

  2. shelbeeontheedge1

    This was a fun post to read, Nicole! For me, the word cozy connotes softness and comfort like being wrapped in a warm hug! I love all these wintery looks. Since I live in a place where it snows 8-10 months a year, I have developed a knack for creating cozy and stylish outfits for winter. At least, I hope I have! Thanks for linking up.

    Shelbee

  3. Suzanne

    What a fabulous and informational post on weather around the globe. I learned so much about climates from reading this post, thank you Nicole for all the research and sharing. Your looks are always amazing, and it is so inspiring to see how you pull this all off in your cold temps.
    Another wonderful episode as Nancy said!
    xx
    Suzanne

    PS, yes, the tourists wear flip flops and a light jacket in the winter, LOL!

  4. overthehilda

    I love your scientific approach and explanations of all the different climates, as well as your fashion tips.

  5. aquamarinastyle

    I love the different outfits for winter weather with this group! I did have to laugh at your description of Northern California winter vrs. Alaska. Even here in Southern California we are wearing our puffy coats some of the time. But not today as it’s 73 here along the coast. I’ve learned a lot about dressing for Alaskan weather from you, however!

    xx Darlene

  6. Julie Augustyn

    Nicole,

    Love seeing how you are able to style cozy chic for all the varying temperatures especially the bitter cold you experience in Alaska! Love our monthly themes especially seeing how each beauty interprets it!

    Julie xo

  7. so cozy! Out here in Northern California, we don’t have too many frigid days…but when we do I love wearing one of my stylish coats! recently i’ve been loving a vintage 80’s purple and green plaid coat!

  8. Nancy

    Another lovely episode of our series!

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