It’s been said before, and it’s true: all you need style-wise in winter in the northern climates is a fabulous coat.
If you follow me on Instagram (please do, it’s right here), you’ll see that in all my New York City pictures I am wearing a long black hooded puffer coat. Underneath, who knows? A cirque Du Soleil costume, my flannel jammies, a vintage 1930’s Charles James ballgown? That’s because in NYC I almost never took off my coat.
I wasn’t the only long-black-coated figure in Midtown. Sandy said he couldn’t spot me in the crowds if I had my hood up, because he couldn’t see my almost-white hair. I blended.
I think puffer coats can look fantastic (mine is rather bland) and I might have gone with a larger, more colorful scarf. I’ve found that – chunky though they may be – puffers are hands-down the warmest coats. Knee length and with a hood, and I was never cold in the parts of me covered by this coat.
A wool or mostly wool blend is also warm but needs a cozy sweater underneath. There are lots more great-looking wool coats, in wonderful colors and shapes, like this one:
And a faux shearling/faux fur combination may be my next choice for winter in New York. This one looks just delicious, and as it’s faux, it’s easy to clean and store. I don’t do real fur unless it’s on a vintage piece, but I don’t stage protests for those who do. I just like the fur to stay on the animal until he/she is done with it.
I’d love to hear from you who know more than I about staying stylishly warm up north (I’ve been in Florida for 30 years); please advise in the comments, and stay fabulous.
A few of my favorite cold-weather pieces:
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