1. Add shape with a belt when layering with a blanket
    2. Layer your winter outfit


Add shape with a belt when layering with a blanket

At temperature of 40 below (-40F, -40oC), one either has to wear a down coat or a long thick shearling coat with a blanket on top. Ok, unless 40 below is great for a bikini look because you want to have your photo taken at the temperature display at the UAF campus entrance to join the 40 below Nanook Club.

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 in the photos of this post. You can find a guide how to best accessorize with belts at the link.

A plaid scarf looks great over knee-length and longer coats. For more ideas how to look best in plaid see the post at the link.

midlife woman in posh chic winter outfit to stay warm at freezing temperatures

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)

Layer your winter outfit

Double tights and extra socks are a Must when the temperatures drop in the double negative digits. I of course, wore long sleeve silk underwear under my indoor outfit. It consist of my argyle cashmere sweater and a cashmere cardigan as a fale twinset and my tweed skirt. For how not to look modern in tweet over 40 see the post at the link.

Taking the indoor outfit picture outside is an extra challenge at these temperatures. I have to admit that for taking 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.

Classic winter work outfit ith sweater, cardigan, tweed skirt, tights, boots and pearls

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)

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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