Tuesday, January 7, 2014

What to Wear in the Bitter Cold (See Jane Freeze)

hat infinity scarf / coat / jeans shearling-lined boots
boot socks / lined gloves / turtleneck 
Winter in Chicago is not for the faint of heart.  When the temperatures drop below zero and the wind chill is upwards of -50 degrees, it's hard to think of fashion when all you want is to keep warm.  You know it's truly cold when any exposed skin simply hurts when you go outside (hint: use a scarf to cover your face up to your eyeballs).  A few more of my tips of surviving this brutal winter weather:

1.) You can avoid puffer coats by taking advantage of the whole "oversized" coat trend.  Why?  You can fit more layers underneath that will keep you warm!
2.) Wear thick socks--even if wearing low booties.  (I know lots of people who forego socks with their UGG boots or if they're booties are low-cut.)  If it's truly cold and you're walking around outside, you will regret any exposed skin.  Frostbite really happens!
3.) Hats and gloves are crucial.  I know this sounds obvious but street style pictures often depict stylish people with unzipped coats, exposed ankles and no gloves; frostbite is never in fashion.

Stay warm!


  1. First of all, I love your site redesign - it looks so good! Second, I couldn't agree more with your layering tips here...completely essential to surviving an east coast winter! :)


  2. gorgeous pieces!


  3. Winter in Chicago has been crazy. This is coming from a person who has been a Texan her whole life up until recently. Thank you so much for your tips! The oversize coat trick is absolutely brilliant, and so simple. I can't wait to put one to good use, and stack myself up in layers to keep warm.

  4. Great tips; I've come to find out myself that an oversized coat + plus some sort of jacket/sweatshirt really makes a difference. Oh yeah and wear like 3 pairs of gloves too! Stay Warm! xx

  5. i am SO ready for this weather to be over. warm up chicago!!! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  6. right there w/ you girl! us chicagoans are tough people! stay cozy in your pj's! no going outside for this girl! HeartofChic.com

  7. most definitely not for the faint of heart. it is absolutely freezing down here in kansas city and i know it's even colder for you! when it is this bad i just do not even care about looking cute anymore, it's just about staying warm enough.

    i have found that bright beanies and fun socks that peek over my boots help me feel a little less like a plain black marshmallow though!

    stay warm!

    xo mary-katherine

  8. Love the items you picked!!!
    cozy and so chic

  9. I live in Kansas City and it's been pretty bad, -9ish but nothing like Chicago. I really want some of those bean boots for traipsing through the snow and probably in need of a face mask. Stay warm and safe!


  10. I'm totally guilty of wearing low socks with ankle boots but it's actually your site that made me realize socks with booties and cropped pants can look super cute! And in NYC recently, it's been totally necessary to cover up all exposed skin. So thanks!

  11. -50?! I thought I was freezing here in the south. Please stay warm Anna! Loving all of these picks by the way.

    Chelsea & The City

  12. I love the gloves - not too cold here in California but stay warm!!


  13. I live in Canada and the best defense against the cold is:

    1. Goose down parka (a real one, not a stylish one that looks like goose down but isn't)

    2. Cashmere sweater underneath that

    3. Fleece-lined leggings

    4. Pantyhose underneath your pants

    5. Warm insulated rubber boots (Sorel for instance)

    6. Cashmere wrap for your face

    7. Cashmere beanie

    8. Thick cashmere / shearling gloves

    .. and that's how I stay warm.

  14. Perfect for this time of year! Love the gloves.

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