Saturday, February 6, 2010

Baby, It's Cold Outside

As the Mid-Atlantic region of the East Coast is currently experiencing blizzard-like conditions, it seems a good time to talk about warm and snuggly attire for being snowed-in this weekend!
As my Constant Readers are aware, I am never an advocate of sloppiness, no matter the weather or health conditions involved. Snowed-in on the weekend is no exception, especially when it’s the weekend before Valentine’s Day. So we’ll come up with some substitutes for the “sweats/PJs/ratty hair look” that will be sure to keep you warm, comfy and stylish.
First off, just because we’re trapped in the house does not mean that we don’t need to bathe/shower/wash our hair. Really. So do that first. And don’t just wad your hair up into a topknot. Do something with it. If you want to wear it up, by all means, wear it up-but put some thought into that up-do.
Since we’re bathing and doing our hair, we should do our regular toilette, just as for any other day. Moisturizer is key here, because we’re using a bit more heat and hopefully sitting by a roaring fire with loved ones. Both are very drying. Makeup can be a little subtle, but you at least need the basics: powder, mascara, lipstick.
The routine is similar to the “Sick with Style” routine. If you’re going to sit around in pajamas, and you aren’t sick, they really need to be cute-you don’t get a pass if you feel lazy. You can upgrade from PJs to nice leggings; something snuggly and sweet, cashmere and floral prints, etc. Vintage thermals are good, if you can find them. I like to pair them with the husband’s old-school Abercrombie Big Shirt and a tank. My feet are always cold, so I choose a pair of footie socks and then a pair of thick boot socks over them; heathered wool or cashmere from Anthropologie. Slipper socks are very Esther Williams in Duchess of Idaho. (Which is great for cold, snowy weather wardrobe inspiration!) I also advocate perfume, whether you’re going anywhere or not.
Classic movies are perfect for this: find ones that make the snowy weather seem romantic and fun. (Avoid films like The Shining.) The aforementioned Duchess of Idaho, The Man Who Came to Dinner, etc., are great for the weekend.  Or, if you don’t like the snow, watch something tropical and summery and dream about warmer weather!

Whatever you decide, remember that everything is better when you’re fresh and properly attired!