As I settled in my airplane seat away from the heat of Dallas, Texas, I couldn’t help but shake off the fear of moving to Washington, DC. It wasn’t the unfamiliarity of a new place away from my family and friends that scared me, but the thought of real winters. And if you are from the Midwest I’m not talking to you, so please hold your judgement. My first DC winter was probably the most terrifying 4 months of my life. That’s because I’m fully convinced that I’m the only cold-blooded mammal on the face of this earth. I don’t have a metabolism so my body’s temperature and my emotional state are completely dictated by my environment. Also, up to this point of moving to the arctic tundra, I had lived all my live in a tropical climate. But after 7 years of living in what I now consider home, DC winters no longer scare me. In fact, I just moved away from home to NYC and I’m not filled with fear as the days get shorter and the temperature drops. NYC winter, I’m not afraid of you!
I have had long discussions with Texan friends who have either moved to the Northeast or would like to come visit and they are openly terrified of the cold. So, I thought it would be very helpful to share my secrets of adjusting to a cooler climate with all those out there who think that a denim jacket is suitable attire to ward off frostbite.
Get a real coat
Your cotton/linen/polyester jacket or trench coat is not a winter coat, so please don’t even try to treat it as such. But what if I wear a winter sweater – aka a thin polyblend sweater – because I’m from the South and that’s all I know? NO, that does not suffice; do yourself a favor and invest in a down coat. Trust me, you’ll thank me for this. But what if it’s too heavy? I want something light. Would you rather be light or get frostbite? The choice is yours.
You don’t have to throw away your skirts
Many humans have unsuccessfully tried to convince me that if their upper body is warm, their lower half doesn’t need much coverage. If you subscribe to this belief (fallacy), please abandon it immediately. Again, frostbite doesn’t care whether you have mentally tricked yourself into believing your legs don’t feel cold. No, you don’t have to toss all your skirts or pay to store them because you have downgraded from your McMansion lifestyle to a shoebox, #cityliving. Tights are a lovely invention that can be worn underneath your skirts during chilly weather, more specifically opaque tights. Do not go to Victoria’s Secret and buy sheer tights, then proceed to blame me for your frostbite. Yes, sheer tights are cute and maybe even sexy, but sexiness will not save you from the brutality of January’s wrath. I don’t like promoting products, but JCrew makes the best opaque tights that I’ve come across. I buy five of them, on sale of course, at the beginning of every summer. Given that you can’t wait until next summer, just go ahead and treat yourself; your gams will thank you.
Sweaters are your friends
If you are from the South, you don’t own a good sweater. In this instance, good doesn’t equate to cute. In fact, I’m sure all your sweaters are so cute that they will be useless in the face of an arctic chill. A good sweater keeps you warm and stylish, period. It doesn’t showcase your best assets aka your shoulders and midriff. But I have great shoulders? Do you want to show the world your beautiful joints and get frostbite? Of course not. Wear a stylish warm sweater and let your personality shine. Your shoulders aren’t all you got.