What is everyone wearing in the cold weather?

(76 Posts)
Dancergirl Sun 20-Jan-13 22:58:08

Does anyone give a stuff at the moment or is the aim just to keep warm?

I have been wearing:

Jeans/jeggings/thick leggings
Long sleeved jersey tee (usually Boden, one thing they do well)
Long cardie on top

I'm bored though! Maybe I should dress it up with some jewellery!

Screaminabdabs Sun 20-Jan-13 22:58:42

Not enough.

Beaverfeaver Mon 21-Jan-13 01:13:03

Normal clothes but with ski jacket, ski gloves, walking boots with yak trax attached.

That's sorted me out

BunFagFreddie Mon 21-Jan-13 02:24:27

I've been wearing my thermals underneath what I'd normally wear. Old fashioned, but cosy.

ElectricMonk Mon 21-Jan-13 02:57:12

Dr Marten 8 hole boots in black patent, thick cashmere military jacket in navy, ski gloves, charcoal and silver grey pashmina (or navy and silver grey sometimes), skinny jeans with thick tights underneath, plus 3 layers of tops (vest, cowl neck jersey and thin black waterfall jackety thing). I use necklaces and makeup to add some variety. The relentlessness of it is tedious, but it's very practical without looking outdoorsy.

Tights under jeans or leggings. Skirt/dress if leggings. I like the m&s heatgen tops as they're v close fitting (over a vest or two) then a jumper or cardigan. Bored bored bored. Serves me right for starting to buy stuff for spring, blouses and ballet flats. And some leather sandals hmm

I'm going to dig out some jewellery today. Exciting. Oh I've tried to be enthusiastic I just hate the cold. The snow is fine, just not the necessary temperatures grin

madammecholet Mon 21-Jan-13 07:36:47

I'm wishing I had bought one of those padded, to the calf jacket, with a fur hood.sad I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOO cold....

BunFagFreddie Mon 21-Jan-13 08:25:58

I wish I'd got more in the way of Winter clothes too. It's been so mild until now, and I didn't want to do a repeat of the Summer, with my unworn sandals and other nice bits and bobs.

MarshaBrady Mon 21-Jan-13 08:30:55

Long top, jumper, coat. Scarf, hat and long gloves. Feels good outside but always want to take it off inside quickly, so much stuff.

Plus have some old Italian flat boots with a good grip I never wear and keep just for snow.

GinAndSlimlinePlease Mon 21-Jan-13 08:37:50

layers smile

So leggings or skinnies (or both), heat tech tops, then a dress or nice top, jumper/cardi. Then when outdoors a coat, scarf, hat, gloves, etc.

I like wearing dresses and jumpers, it's surprising how many summer dresses can turn into good winter layers.

Same in general really.

Like another post- my DMs are my saviour!

Twinklestarstwinklestars Mon 21-Jan-13 08:42:23

I have some merrell taiga? I think boots and they are lovely and waterproof, we were out sledging for over an hour yesterday and my feet were warm the whole time, I wore leggings under my jeans and I have a didriksons Veronica coat which is lovely and warm too.

Matildaduck Mon 21-Jan-13 08:55:13

Merrells over here with duck and down and ski sallopetes when sledging and out with children. ( same as a lot of other mums in the park) no one cares its about being warm.

Mrsap Mon 21-Jan-13 09:09:42

I second the layers option. Then u get to wear all your stuff. Just add thermals, thicker socks, hats, thick scarves. And uggs of course. so warm

TooImmatureMincePies Mon 21-Jan-13 09:21:42

Am I the only one to have gone for impractical chic? I'm wearing normal officey clothes (grey checked mini, black tights, black T-shirt) with the addition of a big burgundy cardigan and knee-high Kurt Geiger boots with a high wedge heel. My coat is grey Russian-style knee-length, so it nearly meets the boots when I'm outside. I'm in Scotland where we're used to the cold, mind you.

I really want some flat knee-high boots that would do for work. I am v fussy and like my feet to look small, so Uggs don't work for me.

noddyholder Mon 21-Jan-13 09:27:18

I take it as carte Blanche to dress like a lunatic

rockinhippy Mon 21-Jan-13 09:31:14

Well I was shocked when I was complimented twice whilst out walking yesterday as opposed to paint balled which was more like I expected I've been struggling so much with the cold that I actually dug out a full length vintage mink coat I've hardly worn - not the best look for the school run, but sod itgrin - not sure it meant to be worn with steel tip tank boots & fisherman socks, but it covers a multitude of sins & apparently looks very glam with my leopard scarf wrapped around my head as a cowl shock - I don't actually care what it looks like, or what comments I get, tis warm as toast smile

redbobblehat Mon 21-Jan-13 09:53:52

ive been wearing double, legging and jeans
think long sleeved top and think jumpers
3 pairs of socks
grey boots
brown scarf
colourful multi coloured hat

look a right mess tbh

MoodyDidIt Mon 21-Jan-13 09:59:06

i did this school run this morning in a tracksuit, wellies (not even hunters! shock ) with a parka over the top. i have given up at the moment, just want to keep warm!

SueFawley Mon 21-Jan-13 10:20:21

grin Noddy - me too but then I'm not the best dressed person even when it's not snowing.

coldcomfortHeart Mon 21-Jan-13 10:29:43

Heat tech long sleeved top
cashmere jumper
dress (summer dress, winter-ified)
wool fair isle tank top
thick leggings
merrel winter boots (ok for general to-ing and fro-ing but not for prolonged snow as they have a side zip closure, then it's walking boots)

above plus salopettes, ski jacket, ski gloves and some sort of hat

It's a lot. I think of going out in hot countries at this time of year: locate flip flops. Insert feet. Leave house. <sigh>

specialsubject Mon 21-Jan-13 10:59:53

'locate flip flops, insert feet'. Roll on summer in the garden.

anyone putting fashion over practicality at the moment - women in heels, ballet pumps, other silly shoes - just makes me realise why it was so hard to get the vote.

ppeatfruit Mon 21-Jan-13 11:52:03

Well specialsubject how come men got the vote? there are some wearing shorts apparently shock But IKWYM you can't WALK in fine soled shoes in the ice and snow the idiots just fall over !!!

JumpHerWho Mon 21-Jan-13 12:26:55

FFS specialsubject hmm

I've not been too cold actually, I think a hat and good footwear are key, along with a good coat. My Zara pale dove grey down coat has been perfect, and I love a bit of fairisle so in my eyes I've been quite stylish.

I've stuck to two pairs of leggings with knee high black wellies and grey socks though - jeans get so heavy and cold when wet, I know leggings are a no-no on here but theydo look quite sleek as part of a wintry ensemble IMO.

GinAndSlimlinePlease Mon 21-Jan-13 12:33:56

For work I do wear my normal outfit of dress and jacket. But I wear flat boots with an extra pair of socks, heat tech layers underneath and thick tights. I'm usually fine, although I add an extra jumper under coat when I'm outside.

I really don't think it's that cold (prepares for flaming). It's only just below freezing!

faustina Mon 21-Jan-13 12:38:27

Doesn't anyone else hate the feeling of everything being too small with layers on underneath? I wore leggings under jeans yesterday and it was just horrible and depressing

Bella88 Mon 21-Jan-13 12:43:49

It isn't that cold, is it? hmm

faustina Mon 21-Jan-13 12:45:23

it is in Suffolk : (

It's snowy in Belfast and I'm 11 weeks pg with awful hyperemesis. My cold weather style this week (when I can make it out of the house), yoga trousers, a pair of DH's wooly socks, nasty Ugg-type black boots I got in sports direct sale, long sleeve tee, fleecy hoodie and coat. No make up. Scarf wrapped round neck. It's not a good look!

SparkyTGD Mon 21-Jan-13 12:55:34

Skinny jeans, knee length waterproof riding style boots, cosy jumper, big scarf, black beret style hat (important: with NO animal ears/style shapes <as I am not 12 yrs old grin>), waterproof/ski style black coat with fur trimmed hood.

It is important to be warm & practical but I draw the line at stupid looking hats, unless you are 12 obviously.

comelywenchlywoo Mon 21-Jan-13 12:56:16

Gone are my brogues, and out have come my Timberland knee high boots. They could never be considered stylish, but they're sooooo cosy and have excellent grips. I'm sticking with slim fit jeans tucked into then and I'm wearing joules sweatshirts - today I'll be mostly in the car so will just wear my Musto gillet over the top and pop on cashmere handwarmers when out. I'd never make it onto the pages of vogue (I wouldn't in any season), but I'm warm and dry and that's the main thing. It's salopettes and ski clothes in the garden with DS - makes a big difference vs just jeans.

I don't work though so don't have the issue of officewear etc. For me it's just about being warm!

newpup Mon 21-Jan-13 12:57:40

Jeans, thick jumpers or long sleeved tee-shirts and cardigans. Fleecelined Timberland boots and my wonderful North Face Arctic Parka!

Clure Mon 21-Jan-13 13:17:56

This is where my winter cycling gear comes into its own!
thermal vest
long sleeve tee
fleece lined long sleeve cycling top
leggings under fleece lined cycling track leggings
zip up fleece on top
two pairs of thick socks and some very old but very warm and sturdy hiking boots
No fashion conscience at all, just keeping warm

gazzalw Mon 21-Jan-13 14:06:42

I have seen lots of people achieve a stylish look but they tend to have been Italians in ski resorts wearing fur coats and sun glasses....

Actually some people manage to look stylish whatever they are wearing but not sure that we do as a family. As we walk everywhere we always tend to be bundled up to the nines rather than dressed up to them.... grin...

pinkhousesarebest Mon 21-Jan-13 14:07:44

North Face Arctic parka over everything. God I loathe it, but it is warm. I have just bagged some nice NF boots from E Bay US making a change from gruesome Decathlon monstrosities. Can't wait till Spring!

hackneybird Mon 21-Jan-13 14:26:43

I'm just not leaving the house except to rop off DS at childcare and I don;t care what I look like in that 10 min period!

florilegia Mon 21-Jan-13 14:35:49

I've been topping off every outfit with a massive fluffy ushanka, so I look probably look pretty excentric. My head's warm, though!

Hobbitation Mon 21-Jan-13 14:43:17

The key is a thermal vest Mine is black Pointelle type and a warm, not too heavy coat. My coat in black

Other than that I tend to wear skinny jeans/jeggings and a jumper or jumper dress, green wellies and leather gloves. And a beret a bit like that.

sazpops Mon 21-Jan-13 15:16:09

Having just opened my electricity bill shock I am wearing my fleece (usually confined to the garden) over normal housework outfit of jeans, vest top, long-sleeved t-shirt. Luckily I am going to work tomorrow so will use the company's electricity to stay warm!

Snowkey Mon 21-Jan-13 15:53:04

North face Arctic Parka, uniqlo thermals, sorel snow boots, ski gloves and a wooly hat - toasty!!!

When I am up in the cold (we live in warm but regularly go to the cold) I wear full thermals and a camisole vest. I modified my thermals tops to have scoop necklines and slightly shorter sleeves so I can wear anything I like over them. That way I can wear my regular clothes and be toasty. I have some black zippy ankle boots that are waterproof and have thinsulite in them that I wear most of the time but if there is deep snow (more than 6") or it is bitter (-12 or below usually) I break out my lime green snowboots which are very very warm and snow pants -- neither of which are flattering.

Oh and if it is really cold I have heavier weight thermal bottoms that I wear over my silk weight ones.

GinandJag Mon 21-Jan-13 17:09:57

I recently invested in a fairly stylish coat - Canada Goose, 3/4 length. It is fairly thin despite claiming to go down to minus 20, and has a cinched-in waist, so you don't look like the Michelin man in it. You don't have to wear a lot of layers underneath as it is so warm in itself.

EuroShagmore Mon 21-Jan-13 17:10:01

North Face down gilet between clothes and coat
Snow boots (have these great ones with flip out snow spikes)

lucywiltshire Mon 21-Jan-13 17:19:54

Fitflop calf length boots are fab - more stylish and flattering than Uggs, seriously warm and good grip on the ice. I have been wearing them with denim skirt and opaques and am warmer than I would be in jeans. Mind you I am heavily pregnant so could go out in a swimming cozzie and still overheat!!

ample Mon 21-Jan-13 19:31:19

Skinny jeans, long sleeved top or sweater, with camisole and thermals underneath (top and leggings)
Warm socks and knee-high Dr
Smart duffle coat, hat, mega scarf and gloves
I'm good to go wink

ample Mon 21-Jan-13 19:33:03

Skinny jeans, long sleeved top or sweater, with camisole and thermals underneath (top and leggings)
Warm socks and knee-high Dr M's
Smart duffle coat, hat, mega scarf and gloves
I'm good to go wink

I just love my long boots/wellies; tweed fieldcoat; brown leggins; tunic top; and 'scarf lace'. The fieldcoat was bloody expensive but worth every penny - I wear it everywhere (and in every season!) and I always feel good in it grin))

violetwellies Mon 21-Jan-13 22:23:50

Ha you all made me laugh, except the ski wear people - Im going to get some for next year. Starting at the bottom, big knickers, long vest, mens thin cotton socks. Short thick wool socks, cotton mix jods (thicker than leggings), long sleeve cotton top, fleece polo neck, wool jumper. Then if outside - Waterproof breathable lined over trousers, muck boots, fleece jacket , fleece neck thingy, silk mix scarf, toggi body warmer, lined flourescent safety jacket, fleece hat.
Snow too deep for my merrels.

Losh Mon 21-Jan-13 23:17:02

I agree Gin - I don't think it's that cold either! I think all that snow makes people feel colder. When it's really cold but the sun is shining people are lulled into a false sense of security!

I just wear what I would normally wear in winter, which is a dress with tights, leggings and tunic or jeans and top / jumper etc. I always have a good coat and leather gloves in winter and will add a hat if it's snowing!

Specialsubject - Not sure what fashion choices and getting the vote have to do with one another, but for what it's worth, unless its really thick snow or torrential rain, I always wear ballet pumps.

Unless it's wellies or walking boots, most shoes have pretty slippery soles anyway. I agree that heels are going to make your life harder in the snow though!

Hobbitation Mon 21-Jan-13 23:22:11

I feel colder when it's close to 0C and raining than when it's -2C and snowy.

HollaAtMeBaby Mon 21-Jan-13 23:24:43

rockinhippy your look sounds FIERCE.

I have to be smart for work so am focusing on thin layers and lots of them. Am wearing Uniqlo Heat Tech vests (at least one at a time, sometimes 2), then a normal top of some sort, then a fine cashmere sweater, then a thicker jumper or cardigan. Thick tights with skirts, or American Apparel winter leggings with socks and sheepskin Emu boots (for the weekend), or if I am wearing jeans or trousers, I wear my shiny fat-squeezing Primark leggings underneath - these keep me warm and because the are so tight and shiny/slippery, I don't get that horrible clingy feeling faustina mentioned - at least until spring comes when I will no doubt discover to my horror that I can no longer get my jeans on without the fat-squeezers underneath. That's what's happened the last few years, anyway...

farrowandballs Mon 21-Jan-13 23:31:46

normal clothes plus calf length sheepskin jacket, sheepskin gloves, sheepskin hat and walking boots. baaaaaa

auldspinster Tue 22-Jan-13 00:19:27

I usually wear skinny jeans, t-shirt and cardi under my lands end squall parka and lands end snow boots and am cosy but today I was meeting a sexy man so it was skinny jeans, low cut top, cardi, wooly snood, fake fur coat and ankle length black wellies - fine apart from the footwear, forgotten how useless wellies are at keeping your feet warm.

canutesauntie Tue 22-Jan-13 00:36:26

Normal clothes for the office as its always turned up to bloomin tropical, topped off with my wonderful Lands End full length down coat and Emu boots for outside. I look like a lagged hot water tank but I dont care!

At home its lots of fleece ( got a bit of a Lands End sale fixation) with my old Emus as slippers, heating on low comfy and the snow still hasn't melted off my roof, oh no..

ooer Tue 22-Jan-13 08:29:31

Layers for outdoors here (incl gakk wellies unfortunately) but nice woolly accessories - hat scarf gloves and a zingy handbag.

shouldIbecrossaboutthis Tue 22-Jan-13 08:32:34

try looking god, keeping warm & breastfeeding sad

I have topshop blue skinnies, Ugg Kengsingtons, breast vest, uniqlo vest, long sleeve tee, maybe a fine knit cardi and if outside my oniel ski jacket. Which is getting hard to zip up thanks to uber boobs. Hat, scarf & gloves!

rubyrubyruby Tue 22-Jan-13 08:45:00

I work outside (not atm though) so I'm well equipped with thermals, merino base layers, warm waterproof boots and neck collars/scarves/gloves plus down jacket.

ooer Tue 22-Jan-13 09:27:14

respect, shouldIbecross! smile

milkmoustache Tue 22-Jan-13 09:28:13

I have been wearing Cotton Traders snow boots and I don't give a shit! No, I probably won't feature in the list of most stylish mums on the school run but then again I haven't fallen over and my feet stay warm.

Thewhingingdefective Tue 22-Jan-13 11:07:14

Leggings, tights or PJs under jeans or long skirt. Vest under jumper. Sexy.

WMDinthekitchen Tue 22-Jan-13 11:10:30

I choose to be smart at work apart from dress-down days. I take tights, skirt and heels with me but wear sweat pants with boots for the walk to work. Once there I change. When not at work I spend a lot of time hill walking so I wear the full Monty of layers, hat, two pairs of gloves, waterproof trousers & jacket, gaiters and walking boots. Not chic but functional. I also wear walking kit for the walk to work if there are blizzard conditions.

My normal winter wardrobe, which consists of two pairs of wooly tights (so so warm), a mini skirt (I have many) and on top a camisole, then two long sleeved t-shirts and a jumper/cardigan/hoodie.

Sometimes I vary it with a jersey or wool dress instead of skirt, in which case it's just one camisole and long sleeved tshirt underneed and possibly a cardigan.

Going out, I add knee high wool socks, lovely warm fully waterproof and lined boots I bought in Sweden, a coat, hat, scarf and ski gloves.

As I teach reception it is always freezing in the classroom due to the door being open, so I have a gilet that I wear inside instead of my coat.

Two pairs of tights is amazing, keeps my legs toasty warm.

sieglinde Tue 22-Jan-13 12:26:08

Viennese women of a certain age do this superbly. Fur coats or down coats with a clear waistline in soft colours. Heavy, bright silk scarves. Smart fur hats, no bobbles. Smart boots, weatherproofed. Underneath, indoor clothes. A dress is better than trews under a good coat. If the coat is warm enough, you don't need millions of layers.

wriggletto Tue 22-Jan-13 13:08:53

I was feeling cross and too hot in my fur-hooded, fleece-lined Didriksons parka before Christmas. Not any more.

Pretty much whatever I normally wear with and extra vest.

Isandri Tue 22-Jan-13 13:54:08

I'm wearing normal socks thermal leggings, a pretty skirt, long sleave breastfeeding top, a 9 week old in a sling (he's lovely and warm and over that a fleece lined coat. Plus a hat, gloves and either wellies or hiking boots. Other variations involve thermal tights or jeans and sometimes a cardigan. It's minus 7 here which is pretty warm for Denmark at this time of year. The baby is wearing a vest, babygrow and when outside 2 hats. My (husbands) coat goes over us both.

PigletJohn Tue 22-Jan-13 16:45:53

ordinary winter jacket, hat, ski gloves.

hiking boots for me, but a timberland sort of thing would do. My DMs have always had soles with very little tread on them, wouldn't trust them on snow or ice. not at all keen in Uggs (not waterproof) or wellies (poor ankle support and trench foot)

I tried to persuade DP to buy a trekking pole or two in the summer, she wouldn't, wishes she had now.

i would describe this as damp, but not cold. Have ski stuff for if it does actually get cold but England doesn't really.

mathanxiety Tue 22-Jan-13 16:52:38

I am the turtleneck queen. I don't fold down the roll. It's up around my ears. I can't stand feeling the cold wind at my throat, indoors or out. Under them I have my silk thermal vests. I have my stoutest jeans or my lined nylon sweatpants, bearpaw boots, knee length socks and when I go out I wear my huge, long puffy coat in brown that makes me look like a grizzly bear. Indoors I have a long, wooly cardigan coat over the turtleneck, and the boots (they make great slippers). I can't stand hats. When I wear one I look like my mother (no offence mum but with all my hair out and visible and blowing around I feel more like myself). So no hat for me going out.

woozlebear Tue 22-Jan-13 17:38:01

I love this weather, because it totally justifies my normal shopping philosophy of warmth and comfort over perceived style. During the week I'm wearing my normal office stuff with a a knee length padded coat and arctic grade snow boots (slight overkill but I've just been to Finland, and I kept them on ever since I landed back home :-)) Weekend it's much the same except underneath giant coat it's jeans and thermal merino t shirt and woolly jumper or fleece. I am not a fashionista.

rowingboat Tue 22-Jan-13 19:05:00

I have been wearing a knee length skirt with a long sleeved t-shirt and a jersey over, thick tights and wool socks, boots, a fleece jacket with a hood underneath a coat, varies, Danefae if it's raining or sleeting or a wool coat or a puffa with one of a selection of scarves and hats and random mismatched gloves. Stylish or what! smile
Skirts seem to keep my legs warmer than trousers although wool trousers with tights under are very cosy. I don't like skinnies and particularly dislike skinnies tucked into boots on me.

FOURBOYSUNDER6 Tue 22-Jan-13 19:50:42

Baby seven months old and still sporting my maternity clothes..... Not a good look hmm

garlicblocks Tue 22-Jan-13 23:03:01

I generally prefer extra heating to extra clothing blush Can't afford to ramp up the thermostat this year, though, so am wearing 3 or 4 layers - usually involving a tunic or dress (or both) - and have invested in actual thermal underwear!

I look a bit like one of those old Russian peasant dolls.

My seasonal fashion crime for AW 12/13 is this hat. As I was going to need a Proper Warm Hat, I thought I may as well go for statement grin It's fantastic in the snow.

LineRunner Tue 22-Jan-13 23:05:51

I find the fact that I am currently wearing long grey socks under slippers fairly sad.

Not that cold here (N.E Scotland), thermal jeans from uniqlo, cardi/ vest/ t- shirt, merell short boots , merrell haven, scarf & hat.

scarlet76 Wed 23-Jan-13 01:25:18

I swear by the heat generating tops from M&S. Wearing tights under skinny jeans. Breton tops and big cardigans. Nice scarves. Then burgundy down coat and big cosy bobble hat and wellies when outside.

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