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how to dress for extreme cold

how to dress for extreme cold

I've mentioned it already, but I really hate the cold. I'm always cold, and for some weird reason, I'm really cold much earlier than usual this year. So this post is about a level of layering that I usually don't have to utilize until January or February, but because of some unusually cold spells we've already had here in St. Louis, has already been put into action. Hopefully these tips are useful to some of you, and I'll be using them again this weekend when the temperatures drop into the teens.

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Thanks to a maternity-wear suggestion by Carmen on this post, I started my layering with a Gap maxidress and a favorite necklace. Underneath, I'm actually wearing Cuddl Duds long underwear, but tights would also be sufficient. I like Cuddl Duds because they have a silky outer layer, making it easy for for pants and tops to slide on over. For the real cold, I like wool tights like these. Look for something with a high wool content and high dernier count. The higher the dernier, the tighter the weave and more opaque the tights. The higher the amount of wool in the tights, the warmer they'll be. I'm also wearing suede knee high boots - even more warmth and layering!

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Another comment on the maternity wear basics post, this one by Annemieke, inspired me to add this wrap top, which I found at Red Racks thrift store recently. It would be a little short for normal wear, but for pregnancy and over a dress, it works well. For even colder weather, I would totally add a Cuddl Duds v-neck top underneath. Since I like to wear things with three quarter sleeves, I've actually cut the sleeves shorter on some of mine. 

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Next, I added an old fleece vest from the Gap.

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Over that a leather jacket. I've had this one from Banana Republic for over 10 (!) years. It was $200, which seemed like an exhorbitant amount to me at the time, but it's certainly been worth its cost per wear. I'm holding it in awkwardly to pretend I still have a waistline.

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Of course, a scarf. On top of all of this, I added a coat and gloves before leaving. I hate wearing a hat (it messes up your hair, don't you know) so I wear earmuffs like these that go behind your neck.  

So that's it. A lot of clothes. What do you think? Are these tips helpful? Is this overkill, or do you need this much extra warmth too?

layering piece: fur vest

So, I don't do too well with cold weather. I grew up in coastal Alabama, where we regularly wore shorts on Christmas. Living in St. Louis has made me realize the importance of layering for warmth, and one of my favorite layering pieces is a fur vest.  

As I was pulling images from my Pinterest board for this post, I realized that three of them were of Wendy from Wendy's Lookbook, who has clearly mastered this piece. Above, under a trench, below, over a cardigan and with wide-legged denim. 

image via  wendyslookbook.com  

image via wendyslookbook.com 

image via  wendyslookbook.com  

image via wendyslookbook.com 

I also love the vest over a striped tee, patterned blouse, or a black dress and it's guaranteed to keep me warm! I was lucky enough to find mine at a thrift store, but here are a few options at various price points.

From left: 6 Shore Road via Shopbop, $175; Favorite Faux Fur Vest via Forever 21, $39.80; Standout Faux Fur Vest via Forever 21, $39.80; and BCBG, $598

Although I wore my vest all winter last year and plan to do the same this season, I'd say this is a trendier piece that you may not want to spend the big bucks on. Anyone else out there trying out this look?