Every year when golden leaves litter the streets leaving tree branches exposed, a twinge of sadness hits me. Of course there’s much to look forward to in the colder months, festive sugar laden Starbucks drinks, Christmas décor, and gatherings with family. However, the wardrobe transition from fall to winter dismays me the most; all wardrobe transitions are upsetting as they require magnitudes of work. Yet, I’ve found that I tend to look forward to each season’s closet change exponentially more than winter’s. Spring brings flowers and I love flowers; summer warms the globe and I love the heat; fall colors the leaves and I love golden leaves; winter frosts the side walk and I hate frost.
Okay, I must confess that my disdain for winter fashion holds little water since it’s heavily biased by my loathing of the season. Now before you chastise me for throwing the baby with bath water, consider that I was born in Kenya and raised in Texas. The former a tropical paradise and the latter a place where some December days call for shorts. I now reside in the District of Columbia. Some argue the mildness of the winters here precludes them from being labeled as such; I say Snowzilla 2016 begs to differ. Anyway I digress. Over the years I’ve been impervious to the allure of beautiful wool coats, breathtaking over-the-knee-boots, and chunky sweaters due to their relationship with winter, their beauty marred by the thought of cold fingers and frost bitten ears. I also associate these items with locking away my beloved miniskirts. My knee-length skirts remain in cycle year-round because a combination of tights and knee-high-boots keeps the cold at bay. Since moving to the district, attempts to replicate the same look with my miniskirts left me frigid and unhappy. Though to be fair, I only employed the tights, knee-high-boots, and miniskirt method my first two winters in the district and swiftly abandoned it.
This year I decided to revisit the miniskirt-tight look on account of discovering the very warm solid opaque J.Crew tights and I’m a convert. I first realized the magic of theses tights when the temperature first dropped in November. I wore them with my go-to pencil skirt and found myself uncomfortably warm in my freezing office. Given the surprising experience, I waited until the temperatures dropped further before I gave the tights a test drive with my favorite miniskirt. My new tights didn’t disappoint; I was blissfully warm on a chilly day. I’m now happy to confirm my minis will star in multiple outfits this winter.
My tolerance for winter has slightly increased now that my minis will be keeping me company. I do feel silly having denied myself a look for years because I assumed that all products are created equal. Next time I will do my research before condemning a certain look based on comfort and I hope you will too. Note to copy and paste this to other aspects of life. In the meantime try styling your miniskirt this winter with a chunky crop sweater and booties or opt for a leather jacket and matching booties. You can even take your tight game to the next level by picking something bright or textured.