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Cecil and New Castle County locals, it's time to dress for function, not fashion

My local fashionistas, do not go off into a biotch-fit over the headline. This just means that fashion is not the primary focus when dealing with temperatures that can give you frostbite and hypothermia. When subzero temperatures hit, the focus is on the functionality of the clothing with fashion/style coming second. This is when layering is your best asset. Here are the layers to focus on the most.

This winter coat is warm and high on style.
Photo by Peter Michael Dills


Thongs and demi-cups are very sexy. Unfortunately, they do nothing to keep your T and A region warm. It is time to skip sexy and downgrade to flirty. Cotton bras and briefs with lace accents are still cute and flirty but they do more to keep your assets warm than that "thong, th-thong, thong, thong". Sheer hosiery also is preferred as a light barrier to cover the legs but in frigid temperatures, your legs may as well be bare. Try wearing opaque tights or lace tights with a dense pattern. They come in many colors adding a decent layer of warmth for your lower body.

Main Layer

A sweater is necessary. Not a thin, almost transparent one either. Wear a sweater designed to keep you warm. It should be a tight or dense knit. The weight of the fabric should be heavy. You can wear a sweater top or sweater dress that at least comes to your knees. Wool, crepe, or heavyweight twill pants in relaxed fit or slim fit (not skinny) will keep your legs adequately warm.

A straight or pencil skit that comes below the knees is best. You do not want to wear anything too big that will allow extra air to freeze you out. You do not want anything tight that could cut off your circulation causing you to breath in cold air too sharply. If your job demands for you to wear a suit, choose a wool or wool blend pantsuit that is lined and underlined for additional warmth.

Outer Layer

Ankle, calf, and even knee-high boots are your better options in footwear. Just avoid skinny heels. Squared, stacked heels are best with soles that provide a little traction for snow and ice. Gloves are essential if you are scraping away ice or have to sit in your car while it warms up. A warm, thick scarf is important for covering your nose and mouth. If you have a long one, it can also be wrapped around your head to keep your noggin warm.

You may want to wear a huge parka with a massive hood. While these do keep you warm, they are too bulky for entering and exiting vehicles in. Plus, the longer ones tend to restrict your movements a bit. Grab or purchase a long single or double-breasted wool coat that is lined. It provides sufficient warmth and is not too bulky, hindering your movements.

With so many clothing options available, you should still be able to dress for warmth without sacrificing style. If you are unsure and need a little guide, check out my Polyvore style set for help. Stay warm out there!

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