Fashion Forecast: Cabin fever fashion
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 3:26 PM -
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We can recall learning from an infinitely wise source (perhaps it was The O.C.?) that the way you spend your New Year’s Eve is the way you’re going to spend the rest of your year. So, you know, no pressure or anything.
Making NYE plans can be one of the most dreaded occasions for the year, which is the exact reason we can’t stop thinking about getting away to Northern Ontario, where the weather this weekend is calling for sunshine, scattered flurries and frosty lows of -12°C. And after all, what could be more quintessential to a true Canadian holiday than snow-topped pines, frozen lakes and glistening trails?
A cottage getaway is the perfect opportunity to unplug and reconnect with friends, family and nature. Outfits demand comfort and warmth out of necessity, although this poses the dilemma of wanting to dress festively without looking too overdone. But with sportswear serving as such a significant fashion influence heading into 2014, mixing sweats with sparkle is actually a natural pairing to make.
For instance, Capitol Couture’s jersey blend sweatshirt is both functional and fashion forward, with a fleece lining that’s sure to keep you warm and a graphic print that’s perfectly on trend. Offset the casualness of its heather grey colouring with a sparkly statement necklace, such as this crystallized number from Shay Lowe Jewellery.
Textures can also make for a pretty yet practical look when cottaging in the winter. Consider shearling, wool and faux fur to achieve a rustic-luxe look. This Aztec-inspired skirt offers a country spin on a city silhouette, with foil detailing to give that extra punch of holiday panache.
Ugg boots, although generally deemed to be a fashion faux pas, can actually provide a surprising amount of mileage when it comes to being cozy and cute. Choosing a pair in classic black will help to deter any teenybopper references while also allowing for a selection of more sophisticated ensembles.
Skating, snowmobiling and tobogganing are also all hallmarks of the cottage experience, so be sure to pack some warm winter gear. An insulated jacket, like this Tamburello style from The North Face, is ideal for brief outdoor stints, and its lack of bulk will provide you with great flexible mobility. Its nylon exterior is wind and water-resistant and will repel moisture and light snow flurries, while also remaining breathable so you won’t overheat.
Finish off your look with some flirty accessories, such as this faux-fur head band from Le Chateau, which is cute enough to double as a headband indoors. Et voilà! A log cabin outfit perfect for ringing in the New Year in style.
Weatherproofing with Fashion:
- Capitol Couture Jersey Sweatshirt, $140, net-a-porter.com
- Sparkle & Shine Statement Necklace, $275, myshopify.com
- Olivia Foil Aztec Print Skater Skirt, $25, boohoo.com
- Wilfred Merino Wool Tights, $32, aritzia.com
- Ugg Classic Short, $198, uggaustralia.ca
- Tamburello Jacket, $150, thenorthface.com
- Le Chateau Faux Fur Headband, $13, lechateau.com
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