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Ask CF: How Do I Dress for a Night Out in Winter?


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Hi College Fashion,

I’m going to be going out dancing soon and it’s cold out now, so I’m wondering what is a good flirty & fun outfit that will still keep me warm enough when walking outside?


Dancing in Winter (in Canada)

Our Response

Dancing in Winter,

Oh, winter! While the layers upon layers of clothes give you tons of opportunities to experiment and mix and match your wardrobe, at the end of the day, practicality can easily trump your sartorial hopes. A night out dancing can be particularly difficult, since being out in the cold requires lots of layers, yet once you’re ready to dance, you’ll be working up a sweat.

The best way to prep for these situations is to layer. While wearing multiple layers of clothing isn’t the most efficient or easy way to do it, in reality, it’s just something you have to deal with alongside any winter wonderland.

To keep your legs warm, try a pair of fleece-lined tights. A big overcoat will act as the best defense against the frigid winter air. And if you need to layer on a beanie, scarf, and sweater, too, most places have a coat check where you can drop off your goods for a minimal service fee. That way, you can dance the night away without having to worry about losing your jacket for the walk home. I hope you find these looks inspiring so that you can dance the night away in style without letting those dancing feet getting frostbite!


Outfit # 1

Ask cf winter dance black
Product Information: Coat, Top, Necklace, Skirt, Tights, Flats

This printed skirt is perfect for a night of twirling around the dance floor, while an electric blue top and pearl statement necklace make a chic statement. Layer on a pair of fleece-lined black tights and a long overcoat as a topper to brave the chilly air.

Outfit # 2

Ask cf dance in winter pink
Product Information: Turban, Top, Coat, Skirt, Earrings, Heels, Tights

This next outfit takes similar pieces from the first and alters them slightly for a different look. A flouncy pleated skirt is the ultimate in channeling your inner dancer. Next, a lace pullover is a perfect feminine addition to the mini-skirt. Put on some pretty drop earrings, gray fleece-lined tights and a turban head wrap. Before you step out into the cold, don’t forget to grab an oversized coat.

Outfit # 3

Ask cf winter dance long
Product Information: Trench Coat, Top, Sweater, Skirt, Tights, Heels

A night of dancing doesn’t always mean you need to rock a mini skirt, and this outfit proves it. Slip into a burgundy maxi skirt and mustard printed top. If needed, add on a knitted cardigan. Again, we have our trusty fleece-lined tights and trench coat. Finish the look with a pair of sturdy heels.

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Posted on on December 29, 2013 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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6 Responses to “Ask CF: How Do I Dress for a Night Out in Winter?”

  1. 1
    December 29th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    The first outfit is perfect! Layers to keep warm and take off once you’ve started dancing!

  2. 2
    December 29th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I went to college in upstate NY – when going out in winter, boots and tights are your best friends! There’s seriously nothing worse than trying to make your way on a snow covered sidewalk wearing heels and slipping.

  3. 3
    December 29th, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    these look cute but none of them include a sweater…. I live in Canada and you definitely won’t be warm enough if you dont throw on a sweater on top!

  4. 4
    December 30th, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Well, as nice as the outfits are, I also agree with Anne that boots are your best friend in winter – I would replace any of the shoes and ballerina with a nice pair of boots to keep you warm – and if they are comfy they will not bother the dancing.
    (that is: with really cold winters, like I imagine “Dancing” is talking about in Canada and like we have in Sweden where I live…)

  5. 5
    December 30th, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I think the second one outfits is good for winter seasons.If i purchase in this collection then I will go for second one.

  6. 6
    January 1st, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I definitely throw on a fleece or something, but check it with my coat so it doesn’t really count as part of the outfit. Switching to boots is also a really good suggestion.

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