Today's Outfit: Strategic Layering Challenge

"Feels like -17 degrees Celsius with the wind chill factor" is not something you hear often when you live in Vancity, but when you do, you better bundle up! As a born and raised Westcoast girl, I can be a real baby about extreme temperature fluctuations. On Monday when the mercury dropped dramatically, I set myself a challenge: How can I look cute and stay warm without resorting to my tried-and-true sweater/tee/jeans/boots combo? Answer: Strategic layering that swathes me in 2-3 layers without adding bulk.

Step 1: Don a long-sleeved tee and sweater leggings. (I put on the skirt just for this picture and took it off before getting dressed for real; there's no way I'm modeling leggings as pants on my blog. I mean, my coworkers read this stuff.)

Tee (Smart Set), leggings (H&M)

Step 2: Add a dress in a warm material (like corduroy) and tall leather boots.

Dress (Chulo Pony), boots (Aldo)

Step 3: Top it off with a knee-length coat, toque, brightly coloured scarf, gloves, and a fabulous purse.

Coat (Anthropologie), toque (H&M), scarf (Blubird), gloves (cheap and eponymous mini stretch gloves), purse (Chanel)

How do you stay stylish when the weather gets cold?


  1. Cute outfit! I have been seriously tempted to go back to my HS days and just wear fleece head to toe. I'm thinking many layers of thin tanks, tees, and a long cardigan with boots is my outfit this winter, or a cozy sweater dress.

  2. Love the process. I tend to just not wear a lot and plan on not being really doesn't work out though. :)

  3. So cute! I do the same thing to stay chic and warm when the mercury plummets - lots of lovely layers, plus some furry boots!


  4. Oh you look gorgeous! And so cute. You've definitely inspired me to try to be more fashionable when the temps plummet (though it's been about 60F here in the ATL). Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. love it :)

    La C.

  6. I loved the last outfit ;)

    Nice blog! I've add you on my blogs list :]

  7. I love the step-by-step way you did this! Do some more.

  8. ahhh you look fantastic my dear!! Miss you and I finally completed your some wicked awesome pics coming up soon :) xxxx we went to Kamakura the other day :)

  9. That is a gorgeous coat! =D love how it goes so well with that pretty red scarf. i definitely have to learn how to layer outfits in cold weather. eventually i hope to be able to stay in a temperate country with 4 seasons at least for awhile! XD have a great xmas!

  10. Nice post, Lisa. I wear tights under my leggings and then my boots whenever I need to wear a skirt to church, because it always gets so cold.

    Btw, I love the step-by-step photos! Actually, when I first saw the picture of your first outfit, I thought you were doing a post on how to dress warm on your way to salsa or something. haha.


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