Funny thing about my late-winter New York morning routine—I dress for three different seasons.
First, the nice and temperate feeling of home.
Next, I go outside into the bone-chillling cold.
Finally, I move from the wintery train platform into the impossibly close, hot subway car. Ugh.
By the time I arrive at work, I feel like a shivering hot mess.
It's a hard look winter in the face, dress for the weather, and not feel like we've all just given up. Here are a few style secrets from the cooper & ella ladies to keep us warm until spring finally springs…
1: Stop hiding. When we find ourselves buried beneath 56 inches of snow, it seems tempting to hide under down and wool and warmth. Don’t do it. Beneath our soft cardigans and chunky scarves, we are wearing tailored spring blouses—if for nothing more than spite for Old Man Winter.
2: Invest in a vest. Make the most of a sweet, flowy, feminine top that just can’t hold its own against the cold by showing it off with a heavier vest. It will balance the look while keeping you warm and seasonal.
3: Moisturize. Re-moisturize. Then moisturize again.
4: Dust yourself. After you’ve moisturized (which I follow with tinted moisturizer for SPF base), dust on a bit of powder. It will keep you looking as fresh as a crisp winter’s morning, and less like a freshly steamed wonton.
5: Wrap it up. Remember: French women don’t get cold. Their secret is in l’écharpe (scarf). Tie it. Wrap it. Use it to warm up, cool off, and transition your look throughout the day. Need a refresher on how to wrap and tie like a Parisian? Try this!
6: Layering outside-in. One of our absolute favorite wintery tricks is to repurpose a summer blouse. Think that adorable deep-v cami or head-turning tank has no place showing itself in the cold? Wrong! Try wearing it over a simple, very fitted turtleneck top or something sheer and lacy.