Women living with Raynaud’s often have to kiss sexy, feminine clothes goodbye throughout the year. Even in warm summer months, air conditioning can make sleeveless tops and shorts frigid choices; in cooler months, flannel and wool, along with thick boots, become our staples. So we were really curious to see an article in Verileet Magazine titled “Five Ways to Wear a Dress in the Fall and Not Freeze.” Sounds like it was written for Frostie females!
Since Verileet is a Minneapolis/St. Paul fashion and lifestyle magazine, we figured they’d be a good resource for how to dress for warmth and still look chic. It’s easy to cover up a dress with lots of layers; harder to do so in a way that you can still see the beauty and flow of the dress to make a fashion statement.
Overall, the magazine suggests working with thick fabrics and layers: Wool sweaters, boots, warm tights, and even slips (remember these from when you were a kid?).
Here are some of their strategies:
- Sweater Dresses – Makes sense, start with a warmer dress fabric. The good news this year is the trend is for an oversized fit, so that leaves room for layers like camisoles, slips and tights. We’d suggest opting for a turtleneck style for extra skin coverage.
- Cardigan Wraps – Add an outer layer with a long cardigan. They suggest wearing it over a summer dress which still gives us a bit of a chill, but a warmer fall dress fabric under a long cardigan, plus some tights and tall boots, could work for Frosties.
- Sweater Over a Maxi-Dress – Here’s one we didn’t think of: Put a sweater over the dress! Match up a thick, warm sweater with a long dress and it looks like you’re wearing a long skirt, but there’s an extra layer of warmth under the sweater. Another great feature with the maxi-length is that it provides greater coverage for your legs and looks great with boots.
- Long-Sleeve Knit Under a Dress – This idea only offers so much coverage, as it’s meant to help with a short-sleeve or thin-strapped dress. But if you make it a thick turtleneck, the idea has some potential, particularly on slightly warmer weather transition days.
- Blazer Layer – Here’s one we’ve been doing for years, right? It works to dress up the look and can add texture with an interesting print (maybe a tweed?) or fabric (like a plush velvet). Whenever I find a versatile blazer that can easily dress up a party or holiday dress for winter, I grab it knowing most dressy outfits for special occasions are sleeveless, even in winter.
A few additional layering tips not mentioned:
- Warm scarves
- Ponchos and wraps
- Fleece-lined tights
- Fingerless gloves
All of the above can add color, texture and warmth without sacrificing style and comfort. Here’s the full article in Verileet Magazine: “Five Ways to Wear a Dress in the Fall and Not Freeze.”
For more on Frostie Fashion, check out our blog article titled “Frostie Fashion is Finally in Fashion!”