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Article 53 - Jan. 14, 2013
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How to Stay Fashionable and Warm in Winter



By Jessica Lynn Harris

     When the weather outside is frightful, fashionís importance wanes as our need to keep warm takes precedence. Chic fall coats that skim the body and show off our figures are replaced with their fluffy winter counterparts. And sadly, winter coats often have few darts, tucks, pleats, or princess seams to reveal the bodyís contours, which limits our ability to use the shape of garments to call forth a specific attitude, style, or time-period, and also makes us look like, well, marshmallows. To avoid discomfort, dresses and skirts are worn less frequently, and are replaced with trousers and jeans. 

     These fashion limitations brought on by cold weather are especially irritating for people like me, who easily get bored with repetition, and use clothing as a means of self-expression, imaginative thinking, and playful social commentary. Additionally, I have a mild case of Raynaudís Disease--a circulatory issue which exaggerates the uncomfortable symptoms of cold weather in fingers and toes. So, it is especially important that I take care to stay warm.

     Fortunately, for you, I have spent years experimenting with my wardrobe in an attempt to satisfy both my need to stay warm and my more vain desire to look my best at all times. After walking through the snowy streets of NYC with freezing toes because I insisted on wearing oxfords, and after feeling grumpy and constrained in a frumpy, oversized coat with two many sweaters tucked underneath, Iíve learned a few lessons.

     Unless you live in the tundra, or you are vacationing at a skiing resort or camping in subzero temperature, itís not impossible to compromise between staying cozy and dressing to suit your personality. Listed below are a few things to consider if you are interested in how to wear a variety of clothing during the winter, but are concerned with staying comfortable. There is advice on how to wear a skirt in winter and choosing the perfect winter coat.

     This advice is mostly for people who will be spending some time outside (taking walks, using public transportation, etc.), but will also need to transition to indoor, business casual settings. 

How to Wear a Skirt in Winter 

How to Choose the Perfect Winter Coat




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