Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Dress for the Cold (if it's cold)



A reader writes:
Dear Gurus-of-fashion

I'm in need of your help. I'm from London and I have an impending trip to NYC in January that I'm desperately trying to buy clothes for. It's not too cold here (at the moment anyway) so I don't really have to concern myself with keeping warm. I'm afraid I'm going to be wearing sweater jumpers with belt and jeans tucked into books because I can't see beyond the fact that its going to be so cold. I need to understand how those damned NY ladies manage to look gorgeous and stay warm. My main concerns (and there are a few of them) are:

1.I'm financially challenged, the trip is costing quite a bit and I'm also a student, so I can't afford to spend lots of money.
2. Its bloody cold in NYC in January I don't want to die of pneumonia, but I don't want my sense of style to suffer to keep warm.
3. Similar to #2, how do you do sexy evening wear when its freezing? I don't want to look like I'm attempting to look sexy by not wearing anything, but I do want to look like I'm making an effort.

Looking forward to receiving your much needed advice.

Confused-Londoner

Jeepers replies:
Our Dear Londoner,

New Yorkers dress for the cold--you know, coats and scarves and boots. It's really that simple. Tourists, on the other hand, often walk around (slowly) in the cold with bare legs, no scarves, short puffy coats that only protect half the body, and flimsy shoes unsuitable for slushy snow and puddles at the crosswalks.

1) Don't spend ANY money in London. Wait until you're here in New York, after you've had a chance to walk around for a day and people watch and window shop. The dollar is very weak--you'll be rich here!

2) It is considered stylish to be dressed for the actual weather, not for what the weather should or could be. So, if it happens to be balmy in January, many New York women will dress skimpily, even though it's "January."

If you don't own a long, warm coat, borrow one for the trip. You should also pack a pair of waterproof-ish boots, at least one voluminous wool scarf, a long coat, a hat or woolen head band to cover your ears, and some bright or patterned tights to wear with skirts. This is truly the New York way.

3) To look sexy and stylish, wear a beautiful dress or dressy wool pants or nice trouser-cut jeans with a sweater, but when outdoors, cover yourself with proper outer wear. Puffy vests are gorgeous this year.

To see for yourself what New Yorkers look like in the cold, check the Satorialist photographs from last January. This one's good, for instance.

Bon voyage!
Jeepers

14 Comments:

Blogger mareGa said...

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2:06 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Hi! (From the Great Northwest, where it is currently 35 degrees with snow on the ground) I consider that all good advice. :)

Merry Christmas!

12:41 AM  
Blogger Flashy_Shades said...

nice job capturing manhattan's style sensibilities

8:57 PM  
Blogger Gloria said...

love the cartoon!

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, New York is sure a cold place, but London isn't the Tropics either. :-)
In Milan now there's the same temperature as NYC... not so cold actually.
R.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,
I have just passed on your blog, and I see that you have an interest for fashion.
I wrote you this message, because I have myself a blog. The objective is that people send me their picture(s) with the clothes they intend to wear today or the next few days. And this to find out how is the fashion for people like you and me and by people from all over the world. I live in Singapore and here, fashion has a big importance, there’s a mix of cultures. It gives a colorful city… Anyway!
I think it’s great to share, to see how people match their clothes and accessories together. Anyway maybe I’m dreaming a little bit but who doesn’t intend anything, doesn’t get anything.

If you know anyone interested, it’d be great to talk about it, if yourself you find the idea interesting, of course!

My blog : http://your-fashion.skynetblogs.be

Thank you in advance

Have a nice day

Marie

4:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, i am a 23-about-to-turn 24 year old Indian girl (Asian). I am tall, slim, and fair. I have a problem. I am pretty bored of wearing the usual stuff, and i want to bring in some change in my wardrobe. Please advise, as I am low on budget, what ten--must-buys I should include. I prefer stuff i can wear regardless of trends and all, though ofcourse, i wear unusual clothes just for the kick too. stilli dress pretty much like street smart. Want to look more lady-like or glamorous..what to do??
-a naive girl trying to grow up ..

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

23 year old anonymous, I emailed in a similar query to you and i got a great response which i think would apply to your questions too. Check it out - November 12th. If you're like me you probably have quite a lot of the basics already so you just need to buy a few accent pieces to make your wardrobe a bit different and unique to you. Hope that helps,
Anna

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

23 year old anonymous says:
thank you sooo much!! u hav been such a gr8 help! :) i desperately neded sum advise n u have helped me so much.. :) thanks again.

3:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

update no!! its been so long. n i so look forwar to your posts..

6:44 AM  
Blogger Model Citzen said...

I'm from nyc and I try to mix it up by having several coats. (I've accumalated them over the years- never throw them away!) and also with accessories, scarves, and fun hats! bundle up its cold!

ps. you must hit up century 21 when you get here for some designer deals.

11:39 PM  
Anonymous Alissa said...

Hiya! These tips are really helpful, I get to go to NYC in September! Hopefully it will be mid temperature so not too difficult to look stylish :)

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Anonymous top pills said...

It is always important to be ready for any change in the weather, with this crazy weather these last couple of years, caution should be primordial.

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