It was just 36 hours ago that I was in Austin, Texas, enjoying the warm sunshine and swimming — yes, swimming, outside in a non-heated pool.
Then a winter front moved in and now it’s in the teens.
Weather is weird, you guys, and I’m pretty sure that’s the case everywhere. If I were to ask you to raise your hand if the weather where you live is weird, I bet most all of you would raise your hand.
Anyway, whenever the temperatures drop below freezing, I have no desire to get dressed. I just want to wear workout clothes — the warm kind that you’d camp or hike in. I’m currently trying to pep talk myself out of that rut.
But I’m curious to see how it goes this winter — if I’ll give in to my workout wear side or if I’ll try to push for “cute” outfits. Perhaps I’ll pay attention to why I want to wear workout clothes when it gets cold, and apply that information to cute outfits, essentially blending the two. No matter what, there’s something to learn.
Anyway, let’s talk about three parts of this outfit:
(1) On top, I’ve got a soft, fitted base layer, a thick sweater, and a down vest — essentially my go-to formula for layering right now. I should be wearing a coat of course — a vest alone is not warm enough for the temperatures right now — but I still don’t own a winter coat yet. However, I’m narrowing down my search and closing in on one, just in the nick of time.
(And thank you for all of your coat advice on the last post! If you’re in the market for a warm winter coat, you should check out the comments from that post.)
(2) BUT. Despite the lack of a coat, I’m upping my cold-weather game here with this toasty beanie. It’s 100% cashmere and it was an investment, for sure. But, ever since the winter front moved in, I’ve worn it any time I’ve been outside and it’s kept my ears and head warmer than any other beanie I’ve ever had. Plus, it slouches really beautifully while staying put on my head. V important.
(3) On bottom, I’ve got thick socks and waterproof boots. I’m not sure if I’d go so far as to call them true winter boots, but they are lined with fleece, so they are warmer than just about any other shoe I have. I got these boots last winter, as my first step into warmer boots, and they’ve been excellent. Comfortable, soft, and easy to walk in.
So tell me, when it gets super cold do you still try to dress cute? What are your favorite pieces in your closet that keep you toasty and cute?
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2 | Vest by Marmot
4 | Black jeans (old by Joe’s Jeans) | similar (made responsibly)
5 | Socks by J.Crew