The entire U.K was in snow hysteria when the first hint of snowfall appeared late last week. Offices and schools across the country were closed, flights were grounded and trains were either delayed or canceled. Needless to say, there were a lot of ecstatic kids last Friday who dragged their miserable parents out of their lovely toasty homes into the snow to build snowpeople (in the interest of keeping everything P.C. Just kidding) and go sledging (that's sledding for those of you who are Americans). Shops selling sledges and snow boots were doing a roaring business. I trudged through inches of snow just to find one sledge. Dear Lil L, you'd better remember this when I'm 80 and require dentures.
I thought it'd be a neat idea to trek up to one of the highest points in the city and go sledging. Poor Lil L slipped and ended face down in the mud (check out the photo above) and so did I. You couldn't tell from the photos below that I had mud on my boots, jeans and coats. Only Christy remained unscathed. Lucky girl.
Outfit: Icebreaker merino vest, Helmut top, Zadig & Voltaire sweater, Comptoir des Cotonniers chunky cardigan, Gloverall coat (similar here and here), Louis Vuitton shawl, Stuart Weitzman boots (similar here or here) and Christys' fedora.
In the interest of keeping it real, I decided 1) not to Photoshop the gunk out. What you see is what you get. Mud, snow, sludge and all. I'm likely to regret these photos by next week. 2) wear my everyday winter clothes instead of pretending to glide through inches of snow in a more glamorous outfit and heels and risk breaking my neck or getting frostbite. Amputation of limbs due to vanity ain't cool.
3) to wear next to no make up out of sheer laziness which made me look like a member of the undead family.
So let's talk about layering. I had 5 layers on - merino vest, long sleeved t-shirt, woolen jumper, chunky cardigan followed by my coat. I have woolly insoles in my boots to keep my toes warm. I'm channeling cool fashion editors here who decided not to put their arms through the sleeves and ended up holding on to their coat for dear life. Utterly pretentious, of course but it covered the lovely smears all over my jeans. Hmm... perhaps, I'm keeping it too real here. Sorry.
I'm not the best at layering. Do share your tips on how to keep warm in winter.