navy turtleneck: j. crew
boots: j. crew
Brrr! Winter is upon us. This morning, it's 18 degrees--so these pictures were taken in a hurry! I bought this dress last spring thinking it could transition well into fall and winter style, but I've had some trouble navigating the ruffles and layering sweaters over it. I also find it strange to belt a dress with a clear empire waist. I'm eager to know what you all would do about this--style a sweater over it without a belt (even if you risk looking a bit wider than usual), or layer things under it? I do really like the way this turned out, and a turtleneck is my go-to winter layer because it's light and warm. I mixed a few colors in the same color family--black, blue-gray, blue, and navy--and let my turquoise earrings brighten things up.
As a side note, just because I haven't been posing with my bicycle doesn't mean I'm not riding it. I still hop on it every day! While my legs stay warm even in tights, my hands get cold quickly so C. and I are going to buy better mittens on the way home from campus this afternoon. I'm excited by the thought that I don't have to retire my bicycle in the winter just because it gets cold (but don't worry, Mom, I won't ride it on icy days) and I keep telling myself that if I can wait for the bus for fifteen minutes in the cold, I can certainly zip along on my bicycle for that much time (about as long as it takes me to get to campus in the winter).
What are your tricks for staying warm in the winter months? I am genuinely curious because being a west coaster at heart, I have far fewer tricks up my sleeve than people who have been living in climates with four distinct seasons!