Fashion Forecast: Staying stylish in sub-zero temperatures
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 2:40 PM -
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January has been an interesting month, in that while we’ve likely been reinvigorated by the energy of a new year, we’ve also had to contend with the delightful novelty of polar vortexes. Yes, weather across the country has treated us to razor-sharp winds, sheets of ice and bone-chilling temps, but such is the Canadian way—we are genetically configured to know how to dress stylishly in conditions akin to those experienced in the Arctic Circle.
As Toronto braces itself for another chilly weekend with predicted lows of -16°C (feeling like -20°C), city dwellers know that the best way to stay chic and warm is to mix complimentary, cozy fabrics together. Patterned wool pants are a winter workhorse, with plaid proving the perfect counterpoint to winter’s rough climate. This rendition by Karl Lagerfeld borrows inspiration from the punk movement with vibrant red tartan slashed with leather panels and zipped pockets. Match with a wool sweater for an outfit that is sure to keep you toasty, such as this swing shaped mockneck knit by Babaton
When heading out and braving the elements, appropriate footwear is key. Flat leather boots are perfect for conquering slick or salted terrain, plus they are ideal for adding an edge to any ensemble that may have you resembling a walking sleeping bag. Of course, your coat is also of the utmost importance to surviving a barrage of frigid weather and can dictate the difference between a pleasant winter stroll and being assaulted by a deep freeze. A quilted parka will seal out the cold—try to select a design with utilitarian details such as cargo pockets or drawstrings so that despite being bundled up to your eyebrows, you’ll still look contemporary and sleek.
Finally, the best accessories to any cold weather outfit are glowing skin and glossy hair. Tame unruly locks with an all-purpose, trusty toque (thick cable knits are preferable for locking in the heat), and make intensive moisturizing your new best friend to help maintain a dewy complexion (even if it’s been a few days since you’ve actually seen the sun).
Staying in, buried under the covers, may be the most attractive option during a polar vortex, but it isn’t always a realistic one, so if you do have to venture out, at least take comfort in knowing you can keep cozy and chic. (And if you do stay in, we suggest a prescription of sweatpants and hot chocolate.)
Weatherproofing with Fashion:
- Karl Lagerfeld MacPherson Tartan Wool Pants, US $370, net-a-porter.com
- Babaton Jett Sweater, $65, aritzia.com
- Silvano Sassetti Flat Ankle Boot, $648, farfetch.com
- Won Hundred Evy Coat, $219, shopbop.com
- Recycled Fisherman Beanie, $24, americanapparel.ca
- Udderly Smooth Hand & Body Cream, US $6, uddercream.com
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