Hi everybody! Happy Monday!
I mentioned in my last post that I was spazzing about the East coast chill. True story. I left all my warmest clothing at my parents house in Maine, but have been visiting with friends over the weekend and have yet to go pick up those cozy goodies.
When I touched down in Boston on Thursday it was 17 degrees, and when I woke up the next morning it was 5. I figured I’d make something good out of this situation though, and bring you all through my layering strategies for when you don’t have a coat that is up to snuff. To all my new Cali friends, this one’s for you :P
I’m wearing a comfy long sleeve t-shirt as my base layer, and then a super fluffy turtleneck sweater that has been lovingly nicknamed “the thnead” (hello Dr. Suess lovers out there?). I love turtlenecks because keeping the back of the neck warm is really key for me in keeping warm. It’s also easy to pull it up over my chin and the bottoms of my ears if a particularly nasty gust of wind pops up. If you’re likely to be outside for a while, I recommend a wool base layer rather than a cotton one (this is a theme in this post – just wait). Something like this would do the trick. I also wear a scarf and wrap it snugly around my neck and overlap the ends on my chest to give an extra layer of insulation under the zipper (which is chillier than the rest of the coat). Under my pants when it’s really bad (i.e. that 5 degree morning), I’ll also wear a layer of merino wool long underwear (which I also wear to ski…!) and wool socks (much warmer than cotton and so much better if they get wet).
On top of that all I have my wool coat (which is where I would normally employee my abnoxiously puffy long down jacket). Without all the layers, this coat is Caitlin approved to about freezing, but the extra layers really help. To top it all off I add a hat and gloves. Key for staying comfy. I think a hat is where you add a bit of fun, and there are so many cute options with patterns and pom poms this time of year (example). Lastly, I highly recommend a good pair of leather gloves. They are so much warmer and wind resistant then a cotton pair, and add a little bit of polish to an otherwise somewhat rolly polly outfit.
Good luck staying warm in all of your travels! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Top: BP brand sweater (so fluffy!)
Bottoms: Paige (old, similar here and here)
Jacket: J. Crew
Shoes: Dolce Vita (old, similar here)
Accessories: BP brand scarf (sold out, similar), Cara hat, Lord and Taylor gloves (very old, similar)