How temperature affects your look

Winter outfit for Chinook weather

I wore this look last week. The temperatures played roller coaster. They went from -19F (-28.3o) to 19F (-7.2oC) within 24 hours and then down to -7F (-13.9oC) within half a day. Such temperature differences often occur in connection with Chinook in Fairbanks, in winter.

#fashionover40 winter outfit with motorcycle shearling jacket to stay warm at low temperatures
Andrew Marc shearling motorcycle jacket, Newport News pants, Coach Chelsea, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves and beret, Pavlova floral print wool scarf with silk fringe, and Philip Lim 3.1 bag (all own)

Even though I have only a short way from the building to the parking lot, the additional cover is needed when temperatures are in the negative digits on the Fahrenheit scale (colder than -18oC). When it is this cold, the car has to idle some time for the transmission oil to get warm so I can punch in a gear. It also takes some time before the furnace provides heat.

#fashionover50 Casual look with Russian scarf
Orvis Irish cable-knit sweater with Pavlova Russian scarf, Newport News pants, Festina watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Coach Chelsea, and Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle (all own)

Adjust your look to temperature swings

Of course, such temperature shifts make it hard to dress for. The best option is layering of clothes so one can take layer after layer off once it warms up. However, when the forecast calls for cold air advection, i.e. cooling during the day, I usually pack an extra cardigan or sweater in my bag. Sometimes I pack a blanket scarf to wrap it around my coat on my way back home.

#maturefashion casual look with leather pants, cable knit sweater and wool fringe scarf
Back view of above casual outfit with Orvis Irish cable-knit sweater, Pavlova Russian wool fringe scarf, Newport News white leather pants, Coach Chelsea, Festina sport watch and Kieselstein Cord belt (all own)

Temperature also affects the road

Once you start driving it feels like being on a dirt road with a washboard profile. The tires are “squared” from the cold and it takes about a mile (1.6 km) for the tires to be warm enough to get back into shape. The ride first feels like the car limbs.

#midlifefashion weekend outfit with leather pants and knit sweater
Side view of casual winter look with Orvis wool Irish cable-knit sweater, Russian scarf, Newport News leather pants, Coach Chelsea, and Kieselstein Cord belt (all own)

How I adjusted my look to moody temperatures

In this OOTD, I opted for wearing long-Johns under the leather trousers and a long sleeve T-shirt under the sweater. The pants have a lining. Thus, there are air layers between the long Johns and my legs, the long-Johns and the lining, and the lining and the leather. A thin air layer is a great insulator. The Russian fringe scarf adds style and insulation, but the outfit looks still neat when I have to take the scarf off.
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Top of the World Style linkup-party

Welcome to the 43rd Top of the World Style fashion linkup party. Thanks to those of you who linked up last week. You are all so stylish! I can’t wait to see what you are wearing this week.

As usual, the Readers’ Fav OOTD goes to the link you clicked the most, which was Lisa’s post. She is the blogger of Beauty 101 by Lisa. Patty from Not Dead Yet Style sent me down the memory lane with her crochet skirt and became My Fav OOTD. As a pre-teenager I started crocheting a skirt and my plan was actually a mini-skirt version of what she is wearing in the post. However, my late mom said that this kind of pattern would be unacceptable. Sure, one has to sew a matching lining that shows thru the pattern. Thus, I had to do a crocheting style that I did not like. Do I have to say that I never finished the skirt because what I was crocheting was not what I wanted to crochet?

Top of the World OOTD at the weekly #fashion #linkup
Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav and My Fav Lisa and Patty, respectively. Photos from these ladies’ blogs

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I am honored to introduce you to this week’s co-host of Top of the World Style. Claudia Lasetzki is the blogger at Claudias Welt which is German meaning Claudia’s world. She lives in Germany, but she is from Brasil. She write not only about fashion, beauty and style, but also about travel, food and Brasil in both German and Portuguese. Take a minute and stop by her blog to say Hi.

Top of the World Style co-host Claudia
Top of the World Style co-host Claudia Lasetzki. Photo from her blog

Now let’s get the party going. Everyone of any age and gender is welcome to share their fashion and style posts.
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Photos of me: G. Kramm

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