Greetings from CHIBERIA! As you know, it's cold out there. How cold is it? I could cry, but there's no crying in Chiberia--the tears will freeze on your face.
The wind is making the sunlight flicker in the trees. There's blowing, drifting snow. For those who walk or work outside, dressing for subzero is a challenge. For anyone venturing outside, layering is crucial.
In Chiberia, layering is an art form. Ladies, you, too, can be a chic Chiberian! Guys, feel free to substitute more macho versions as you please. Here are the layers I am wearing today. Thrift shop items marked with an asterisk--
leggings over tights
baggy "boyfriend" jeans* to accommodate the tights and leggings. Sweatpants straight from the dryer would be another possibility. Wool pants* would be a dressier option
On top-- a light base layer, fitted, black merino wool*
long pullover cashmere sweater--olive green*
close-fitting wool cap--dark green*
another wool hat over the hoodie--hand knit, winter white*
charcoal gray scarf around face*
black parka with hood*
multicolor mohair scarf to tie it all together
2 pairs of wool gloves, dark red over black
all-terrain winter boots--heavy treads and insulated
bonus-- snowboard pants--they are lightweight, wind and waterproof
Chiberian Chic is all about the layers. Have fun with colors and combinations--the more clash and contrast, the better. Remember, in Chiberia, no one cares what you look like!
Ready? Got the keys and extra tissues? Don't forget sunglasses. Wait, I have to go to the bathroom first. Okay, let's go...
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