Winter Warmth and Elegance

It's that time of year when blustery weather makes me want to curl up by the fireplace with a good book and a cup of hot tea. It's hard to think about wearing ladylike skirts and dresses when it's so cold and windy outside!

But our grandmothers, great-grandmothers and ladies throughout the ages did so, and lived to tell the tale. So how can you stay warm and elegant during the winter months, ladies?

5 Tips to Stay Warm in Dresses and Skirts

  1. Wear layers:  Layers are lady's best friend! Layer warm woolen skirts with slips, pettit pants (like old-fashioned bloomers), tights, and other layers to stay warm.
  2. Layer on top: Wearing a warm sweater and a blazer, or a sweater and a nice pashmina, can make you feel toasty warm even when wearing a skirt.
  3. Tights: I love tights! I found great bargains from Target on their Merona brand tights. Most of the pairs that I bought lasted a long time when washed properly. This means placing them in a lingerie bag in the washing machine and hanging them on the line to dry. The lingerie bag protects them from snagging on buttons, snaps and other closures in the machine. Line drying them keeps the spandex fibers from wearing prematurely in the heat.
  4. Boots: Boots are a gal's best friend in the winter months. High boots can be worn under shorter skirts with leggings or tights for a modern look. I wear hiking boots with denim skirts, tights and slouchy socks for a casual, sporty, warm and practical look here in the countryside. Boots worn with wool socks keep me toasty warm.
  5. Leggings under skirts: Leggings aren't pants. They are inelegant, unladylike, and frankly, not flattering to most figures. Wear them under skirts and dresses to keep your legs super warm on very cold days or wear them for sports and exercise. Please don't wear them as pants!

Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean you have to look sloppy. With a little planning, you can look elegant and poised even in the coldest weather.