Sunday, December 11, 2016

Stay Warm & Stay YOU

Today is December 10th, meaning we can officially and undoubtedly say that the holiday season is now in full swing (as evident by the twinkly lights lurking in apartment windows, bundled up evergreen trees lining the sidewalks, red and gold nails aplenty, tourists aplenty, etcetera).

Yesterday, the high in NYC was 36ºF. Today, my Weather app is flaunting the snowflake emoji and, from 6AM this morning to 6PM this evening, is plastered with “34º” (not sure how that’s cold enough for snow to precipitate, but that’s beside the point). Being from Maine, this weather shouldn’t feel that cold. However, there’s something about cold weather in the city that leads to a bone-chilling feeling unlike any other…Prolonged time outside and traveling by foot is inevitable, the streets and avenues between buildings become ducts through which whizzing winds can travel, and the temptation of constantly being surrounded by  buildings (that are warm and heated inside) whilst walking around outside leads to only resenting the low temps more.
And...I dress to stay warm. Today's look: a pair of leggings atop another pair of leggings; Smartwool socks; a bulky turtleneck layered beneath an oversized fleece; a pair of $2.99 gloves from the Duane Reade around the corner (that are touch screen compatible!!); and my beat-up Converse (not necessarily the warmest shoe, but they're unrivaled in terms of comfort/walkability)...

Lately, walking down the street (and wearing the oh so swanky look described above), I’m finding myself dragging my jaw—how are people possibly pulling off fierce heeled boots? How are their toes staying warm? Dresses without tights; jeans covered in holes—where are people's layers? No gloves or mittens!? How do they do it? Of course, though, not everyone looks and dresses like a supermodel here (nor does everyone skimp on the outerwear). Many people do dress very practically (as I do). That being said though, of course, the common thread of practicality amongst the way many people dress doesn't mean these people's clothing is exactly the same—that their clothing is identical. Instead, inevitably, everyone has their unique style and flair that makes them them—that differentiates their look from that of the person next to them (wearing the same jacket, for example). However, it can be hard to really accentuate that—to really let one's unique style be seen—when he or she is hiding among layer atop layer atop layer...

So, what can be done?