Layering Up For Winter

I'm beyond sad to announce that winter IS coming this year.  I was hoping to pretty much avoid it like I have in past years and just escape to Florida, but with my youngest son in Kindergarten, it was suggested to me that we stick around if he wants to proceed to first grade next year.  Darn it.  Reality has hit me and as it gets colder and colder... it hits me harder and harder.  Some of you may think I'm being a bit dramatic.  I mean it's just one season, right?  Well, you must not live in Maine.  We're talking a full six months of frigid temperatures, obscene amounts of snow and gray skies. 

Most Mainers live here full time for two reasons.  One, they enjoy outdoor activities like skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, etc.  The reason why I'm here is because one of Maine's biggest natural resources (lobster) is our number one source of income.  Looks like I need to just suck it up and endure a long Maine winter.  Luckily, I WAS born here and have learned that warmth trumps fashion.  This picture is probably the last time I'll be able to go out without boots and a coat.

From now on, two pairs of socks will be layered underneath all my stacked heel boots.  Stems do not work in snow.  A down jacket will always be layered over any outfit.  A down jacket with a hood that is long enough to cover my bottom.  Skinny style pants will exclusively be worn, so I can tuck them into my stacked heel boots.  Otherwise that hem drags through the snow and becomes frozen pants.  Now, since I'll be wearing skinny style pants all winter, I need to find pieces that I can layer on top.

Layering is all about proportions.  If your top is fitted, wear a flared skirt/pant or wide leg pant.  Same thing goes for if your pants are a skinny style or you're wearing a fitted skirt, your top should have some flow and some layers.  I describe my body type as an apple.  The middle part of my body is the biggest and the part that I want to conceal.  In the picture above, I do just that.  My fitted flare pants are tight around my thighs and hips, my cropped sweater is fitted around my ribcage and shoulders and my middle is concealed by a loose fitting hi-lo t-shirt.

Winter is coming fast and furious and layers are essential.  Don't sacrifice fashion for warmth.  It's not worth it.  You'll look ridiculous and freeze your bottom off.  Double up on socks.  Invest in a down jacket.  Embrace yourself.  Layer up.  Say hello to winter.

Canvas Sneakers: Target
Flare Pants: Forever21
Hi-Lo T: H&M
Cropped Sweater: Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

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