How to maintain great style in painful cold

#fashionover50 mature woman looking stylish in shearling coat, beret, gloves on a cold winter day

Layer when the Arctic vortex brings cold air

Clothing hinders energy loss. Thin air layers are best as a thin air layer is a great insulator. Thus, in addition to look stylish layering creates appropriate insulation when it is painfully cold outside. For both style and best insulation how to layer is key. Wherever the fabric is in direct contact with your body and/or the environment, conduction takes place, and you will feel cold in no time. This means tight layers won’t do the trick. Also wrong layering may break the style. Not to mention that you may end up looking like the Michelin man.

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#fashionover50 woman standing in the cold in a shearling coats with stylish accessories
Me in front of the snow pile in the parking lot at work. I am wearing a shearling coat belted for shape with an ethnic belt, structured bag, blue LeatherCoatsEtc cashmere linen gloves, L.K. Bennett tall boots and wool beret (all own)

Style secrets for the cold

Here are some of my secrets to maintain stylish in painful cold weather.

  • Wear silk or polypropylene long underwear under your pants and sweater/shirt.
  • Depending on where you have to go wear slim, straight – read not skinny – winter wool trousers with lining or Alaska weight jeans with flannel lining.
  • Layer with a slim qiviut or wool sweater and a polar fleece vest for insulation. Note that qiviut is the underwool from the Arctic musk ox and provides the best insulation while looking chic and thin.
  • When layering pieces (sweater/cardigan, sweater/vest) of different color make sure it is either short over long or long over short with a difference in hem length of at least 2 inch (5 cm) and up to 5 inch (12.5 cm) except for a long vest or long cardigan that hit just above or below the knee.
  • Wear a turtleneck sweater to keep your neck insulated. They look stylish. Accessorize with a brooch on the side of the turtleneck or pearls when you style a winter work outfit for a conservative work environment.
  • You may consider to wear a turtleneck sweater with a matching cardigan as a modern version of the evergreen twinset classic. It looks beautiful with layers of pearl necklaces à la Coco Chanel.
#advandedstyle woman looking stylish in a cold weather office look with skirt
GNW cashmere wool sweater (dyed blue), silk scarf to keep the neck warm, Pendleton plaid pleated wool skirt (slip and tights are not visible), Gucci belt, L.K. Bennett tall sude boots, Hermes collier de chien bangles, and LeatherCoatsEtc wool beret (all own)
#styleover50 mildife woman looking posh and stylish in a cold weather office outfit
Back view of cold weather office outfit with Pendleton wool skirt, GNW Luxe sweater, silk scarf, Gucci belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, LeatherCoatsEtc beret, and L.K. Bennett tall boots and wool beret (all own)
  • Go for a chic Russian wool scarf, a silk scarf or a knitted qivuit scarf to insulate your neck when your outerwear look must be dressy and work appropriate.
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  • Wear a hat that covers your hat and ears. Berets, or shearling hats are great options.
  • When you expect to stay outside for a long time like walking the dog or waiting for public transportation wear insulating pants over your trousers or an insulating skirt over your skirt/dress for extra insulation.
  • When dressing for the commute to work wear a tailored down coat with water resistant outer coating or a tailored below the knee length shearling coat. You can find what to look for in a down coat at the link.
  • In windy cold weather, your outermost layer must protect against wind too.

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