and underneath the layers:
coat: marmot mountain works (REI)
pink hat: j. crew
white tee: hanes
flannel shirt: target
black sweater: banana republic
Snazzy, huh? Because I'm from California originally, a down coat is pretty much the only thing between me and a one-way ticket back to the west coast. I also have a long wool coat, which I alternate with this one during the really cold months--that coat is just as warm and has the benefit of making me look more like an adult and less like a ski bum.
I also purchased a balaclava this weekend, a garment which makes me look like a cross between a ninja and an amateur bank robber, but makes me feel like I am curled up next to a warm fire even when I am biking into icy 15 degree wind. I also got these down mittens, which are waterproof, windproof, and lined with fleece and thinsulate. They will surely come in handy the day I decide to climb Mt. Everest, but in the meantime, I'll use them to keep my fingers toasty while I ride my bicycle in the midwest.
Which brings me to an important thought: I find it much more different to feel chic and warm at the same time. My fashion sense tends to accelerate downward at approximately the speed of the mercury, and by the time it is zero, I want to wear seven pairs of sweatpants, three sweaters, and two hats, like a grotesque, long-haired Michelin man. Even though I find it a challenge to dress both warm and stylishly, I'm hoping this blog will help inspire me to make my wardrobe stay chic this winter, despite ludicrously cold temperatures.
(P.S. Thank you all for wonderful advice on how to layer this dress. You've given me so many good ideas, I think I'll have to wear it again soon. xoxo.)