WIW in the deep freeze

Brrrrr....I am not sure how long I will manage in this. Obviously, a puffer goes on top. At -30, you don't mess around. But I was getting so tired of the ubiquitous skinnies tucked into boots, and today for a wonder it is not actively snowing. This would probably look better without the sweater, but I am sorry. I need the colour and I need the warmth. 

Off for a much needed hair cut. 

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  • replied 5 years ago

    In a perfect world, yes, no sweater, only because the color breaks the line, but you look adorable overall, and pretty radiant for someone stuck in extreme cold.

  • Alassë replied 5 years ago

    It's a nice silhouette on you - somehow the broken lines work wonderfully! (Kibbe type, I suppose?)

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    You go girl. MY HAT OFF TO YOU for always looking so stylish in hectically arctic weather. I don't know how you do it. (Diana and Sveta too).

    YES. We need colour in Winter. Great look and rock on, lovely lady. Is that a little brooch on your jacket pocket? 

  • celia replied 5 years ago

    Somehow I think the extra color makes the outfit stand out more,says the woman who has been wearing the 2 same pairs of pants for the past weeks.

  • Xtabay replied 5 years ago

    Supercute!  I love this look.  You're inspiring me to get out of my jammies and into something glam.

  • Inge replied 5 years ago

    I really like it with the sweater, Suz. That gorgeous orchid colour ties in really well with the colour of that (also fab) skirt.
    Also: I echo everything Angie said. I don't know how you super stylish Canadian ladies do it.

  • unfrumped replied 5 years ago

    I hear you on color! Very cool with the print in the skirt.
    Lusting after the sweater color--it's my lilac cashmere that seems to have got nibbled by something and may not be repairable. Would you share sizing in the JC sweater? I am always flummoxed by their sizes. I am currently in  a size M in their Tippi and Tilly, to get fluidity.

  • abc replied 5 years ago

    You gotta do what you gotta do.  I don't think the jacket takes away from the outfit at all, but I understand you are FED UP with the cold (I would be, too!) so maybe it's influencing your take on the outfit.  I just wrote on Sveta's thread that I am in awe of you ladies looking fashionable in your climate.  Honestly I would be hard pressed to get out of sweatpants/yoga pants if I lived where you do.  So you get total respect from me on this outfit.  I personally love a bright pop of color and that sweater looks gorgeous on you.  Enjoy the pampering of the haircut.

  • texstyle replied 5 years ago

    I also really like the sweater with that skirt and jacket - and wonder too how in the world you can stand the cold. We had a tiny bit of frozen precip yesterday morning and it's like the world stopped for a day. Unbelievable. You look fantastic and brave. :-)

  • replied 5 years ago

    Love the burgundy tights with the band of color the orchid-y sweater provides. The "broken" lines make this look, IMO. (Dare I mention the K. name and the FG type?)

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Ah, thank you, ladies! Balm to the frozen soul. Actually, it's not that bad right now...the sun is shining, and even though the wind is biting cold, it still feels bear-able. Once the sun goes down it will be another story. 

    Confession: Inside, I pretty much have reverted to LONG UNDERWEAR with oversized cashmere sweaters over top. Mr. Suz is philosophical. According to him, it looks just like leggings, so why not? There you go. He is my hero. 

    Angie, on my jacket is a little pin advertising our local independent book store. I will snap a picture later. I'm going to a meeting of my volunteer board for the WritersFest after my hair appointment. 

    Inge, I knew you would cheer for this colour! :)

    Unfrumped, this is a size small cashmere tee. I sometimes question J. Crew sizing, too. Most of the time I'm a clear XS, but in the Tippi I found the XS not fluid enough. I decided to size up with this sweater and a few others -- for extra fluidity. I am glad I did because it layers better this way. 

    Alasse, thank you. It may be that Kibbe FG coming out. :) Or maybe it is just a welcome change from dark everything. 

  • rachylou replied 5 years ago

    No, I'm sorry. That can't possibly be what you're wearing for -30. Minus 30, I'm sure you should be wearing like some kind of space suit, complete with bubble helmet.

  • Elizabeth P replied 5 years ago

    Hmm, I must not have submitted my reply, it's not there! 

    Just wanted to say good for you for dressing in these temperatures.  -30 wind chill for us this morning.  Whee!

    Honestly, I'm not sure about that band of colour.  It's all I see, not the rest of your outfit, or you. I think something less bright might be better.  Although, on it's own, or with the jacket open, creating a column, I'd love it - it's a gorgeous colour.

    (ducking and running to the hills... but I know you'd be honest with me!)

  • harmonica replied 5 years ago

    Lovely! That's the way to go in arctic weather! Great silhouette and gorgeous colours.  I really like the sweater peeking out - it gives the outfit a nice punch.

  • AM replied 5 years ago

    YLF. Really?? And in that kind of frigid temps. Unbelievable. I love all the banding and the tones. Great skirt. All your little details are really helpful -- I'm trying to amp up my minimal styling. Thanks for some inspiration!

  • Lyn D. replied 5 years ago

    Serious jacket love here Suz!
    It looks like such a wonderful fit on you, so that even though you are layering for the extreme cold you look so svelte and lovely!!

  • citygirldc replied 5 years ago

    Any color in this drab time of year is a good thing. You look great, as always.

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    Perfecto! Especially for those temps. Meanwhile it's sunny and 45 here. People are at a complete loss. I have worn my down coat only 5 times this winter!

  • Sarah Kay replied 5 years ago

    I love how you put the color together! It's something I struggle with - you make it look effortless.

    You look fantastic - hope you're keeping warm!

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 5 years ago

    The need for color makes so much sense. I can't imagine those temps as our recent record low was 10F and I hibernated... Great job keeping your spirits up and looking sharp. The rut of skinny pants tucked in does get old doesn't it?

  • approprio replied 5 years ago

    See, this is why I love skirts in the winter. Layer them over woolly tights or leggings and you're warm as toast. And the band of colour in the mid section is just enough to keep your spirits up and your butt warm. 

    So sorry you're dealing with the big freeze. Keep smiling. You look terrific. :)

  • Ann in New England replied 5 years ago

    Ok, you've inspired me. Skirt tomorrow. I knew I bought fleece-lined tights for a reason.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Ah, thanks, all. And Elizabeth, I totally get what you are saying. I just had to, you know? Later on I did wear the jacket open. Actually, IRL you could see the sweater peeking out at the collar, too, which was another pop of pink. 

    Mainly, I just wanted to do two things: 

    • Layer like crazy.
    • Try Angie's Burberry buttoned up denim look. 
  • jackiec replied 5 years ago

    Love it all, Suz. Fun to try the buttoned up jacket idea - it totally works! And the colours are brilliant and cheerful. Hope you had a good day :)

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    You have mastered the denim jacket Burberry style! Great outfit, Suz. The skirt is just gorgeous.

  • Windchime replied 5 years ago

    Very fun and creative take on the buttoned denim jacket look! I wouldn't have thought to pair that pretty shirt with the skirt; what a good idea; it works well! I like your burgundy tights with this, too.

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Gadzooks Suz! I think I would bury myself in a heated blanket and carry around a generator with me. You look amazingly fab!

  • Laurie replied 5 years ago

    so many layers of adorable here - that skirt is really interesting, bet you can do dozens of outfits with it.
    i am so over this winter.  can't imagine that kind of frigidity.  i would go absolutely stir crazy.

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    Welcome to the Team Skirt in a Deep Freeze. The winter just cannot get us down, right?
    We have positively balmy weather of -10C this evening - a positive relief after -34C  windchill  yesterday morning. I wonder if it is time to get the sandals out now? :-)
    You really rock the pencil skirt with flat boots (they are flat, right?) This is something I cannot get right at all - I don't like the look of my flat black boots with any tipe of skirt  - or with culottes for that matter.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Sveta, these are not completely flat, no. They are about a 1.75 inch heel, maybe even 2 inches. They're a sort of quasi-but-not-quite riding boot style. They are more fitted in the ankle than a true riding style boot. I think this is why they work for dresses. I don't like them as well with tucked in skinnies, something I realized too late. Fortunately, I have had plenty of chances to wear them with skirts and they are going to last me a long time; eventually I will get some flat boots for wearing with the jeans. 

    It actually warmed up this afternoon!! It is only -12 now!! But SNOWING again, of course. 

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    Yep, snowing here too: not mighty but messy. I hope you are WRONG and we do not have another 4 months of this weather :-(
    Makes sense about the boots. Mine are fitted on the ankle but then flare a bit above it which may play a role. Thankfully I have my dressy boots now so I am all sorted for winter skirts!

  • Runcarla replied 5 years ago

    Room for another on team 'Skirt in Winter'? With the right (low heeled) boots, anything is possible!

  • anne replied 5 years ago

    Love it Suz!

  • Sharon replied 5 years ago

    You look lovely, Suz. That pink is so beautiful on you. I've got two words for you: "Australian holiday".

  • Caro in Oz replied 5 years ago

    Seconding Sharon. YLF Suz not sure which is worse too cold or too hot :).

  • replied 5 years ago

    Suz, I'm going to join the chorus of 'I don't know how you do it' too. You have nailed the fitted Burberry look to perfection and I'm not overly bothered by the sweater either. Love the pattern on your skirt and the colours are all fab!

  • Summer replied 5 years ago

    You look lovely, Suz.  I can't begin to imagine what -30 must feel like.

  • kkards replied 5 years ago

    FAB. i can't even imagine wearing a skirt in that temperature! love this, and i can imagine this outfit translating well into the transition from winter to spring (which will happen, and hopefully sooner rather than later)

  • lyn67 replied 5 years ago

    Are you kidding, Suz??? For the -30 this is glamorous! Love the pop of colors in the sweater and tights, and the skirt too, but leather sleeves are also fun!

  • Ruth M replied 5 years ago

    Adding to the chorus, Suz - I don't know how you manage to look so good (and so cheerful) in these temperatures. Love the bright orchid colour - sometimes colour can be medicinal!

    The denim jacket buttoned right up really does suit you - AND you can turn the collar up and still show off your neck. Fab.

  • Lisa replied 5 years ago

    I am speechless, the colors and fit of this outfit, it's one of my all time favorites for you!  You really look lovely in berry shades.

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