Personally I love wearing dresses and skirts. In the summer they’re easy staples. People think you’re dressed fancy, but dresses and skirts can actually be far more comfortable than something with a waistband! Dresses are also brainless, pick one and you’re done. No outfit coordinating, instant glamour. Skirts are also gloriously comfortable. In fact after I had stomach surgery earlier this year, I wore two basic maxi skirts to get me through recovery because they weren’t restricting on my healing scars. Pick fabrics that go with a handful of your existing shirts, and you’ll never have a problem coordinating them.
But what happens when Fall and Winter come around, when the wind starts to blow, snow starts to fall, and it gets all around uncomfortable to go outside? I have a few solutions for you!
My first “go to” for warmth (sometimes also to make a dress work appropriate) is always a cardigan. I have cardigans in all sorts of colors, and I get more colors when I need them. Personally I think they look best belted over a dress since they ensure the waist is still defined. It’s also just adorable. Belts give structure to an open front, drapey cardigan. I like to wear colorful cardigans because color makes everything more fun. I’ve also started a colored skinny belt collection!
My next warm secrets are fleece lined tights and leggings. Did you know these existed?! Easy to pick up at your local big box retailer (my preferred: Target Boutique [Ed- you can also get awesome ones at Marks & Spencer!]), and they really do keep your legs warm and cozy! I’m in love with mine and have a small collection that I rotate through.
My last tip is something that I feel is pure genius, and I guarantee that you’re going to want to make one for yourself if you live a cold weather area.
Flannel backed satin slip.
Genius. How have more people not thought of this? I just made a simple, basic slip, two pieces front and back with a channel at the top for elastic. Except I used flannel backed satin. Flannel. Flannel side against the legs keeps it cozy, satin against the skirt keeps things slippery. You get the added benefit of your dress not sticking to your tights! Nobody talks about how knits stick to tights, yet we all talk about how cute knit dresses look with tights. You guys. I wear this slip all the time. I should probably make about 80 more because I’ll be wearing it until Summer comes back. I meant to make my slip with a pretty lace hem, but I got lazy and just pinked it. I included side vents for flexibility
I tend to wear my fleece lined tights, with my flannel backed slip, sometimes with a wool blend skirt or sweater dress and I’m always nice and cozy. I don’t overheat when I get inside either, which can happen when you’ve bundled yourself up with all the warm clothing you can get your hands on. I live in Minnesota, and I have to walk outside every day. You learn how to keep yourself warm! So far this year I’ve kept cozy when it was a blustery 13 degrees outside without looking like this:
Do you have any other cold weather tips for staying warm?
To help everyone in the northern hemisphere cope with the impending winter (and get over the envy of our southern hemisphere sisters!), we have a great giveaway! Deepika at PatternReview has kindly given a copy of the knit Winter Dress pattern – which goes up to a 4XL – to a lucky reader of the Curvy Sewing Collective. To enter the giveaway, tell us how you adapt your sewing and homemade garments to keep cosy in the winter. Enter before Dec 13th 11.59pm EST for the chance to win!