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The snow has already started falling where I live so everyone is getting on with winter-y activities early, and I'm planning on going ice skating with my boyfriend. What's a good way to dress cute while staying warm outside for a few hours -- AND still be comfortable enough to skate around freely?
Stiff and Shivering in Skates
Dear Stiff and Shivering,
While it may not feel like winter yet here in Los Angeles, across most of the rest of the country, it's a very different story. Winter is here, and finding ways to navigate the cold and stay fashionable can be challenging. When you throw in an outdoor activity like ice skating, sledding, or building a snowman (or let's be honest, walking to and from your car), there's an extra fashion conundrum to consider.
If I've learned anything from following my favorite Scandinavian fashion bloggers, it's that fashion in the winter is all about investing in good undergarments. Thick thermals and fleece-lined leggings are essential to keep warm. Then, just pile on your favorite items, as well as some winter accessories, like hats, scarves, and mittens, and you'll look great and feel toasty!
I've put together three different looks to wear while going ice skating, but they could work equally well for other winter activities. The shoes I chose are for traveling to and from the rink accordingly (or once you get to your destination if you'll be inside) but when it comes down to it, your best all-purpose winter boot will get the job done. I hope you find these looks inspiring and helpful this winter!
A turtleneck, puffer jacket, and fur trapper hat are the quintessential winter items, so throwing them together in one look just made sense. Add on a leopard print scarf, gray denim and some high top sneakers. Don't forget to wear your layers underneath, too!
For this outfit, layer a chambray button-up under a rose-pink oversized knit. Then add on some red crushed velvet leggings. These are a comfy pant choice that will give you the flexibility you need for all the turns, spins, and arabesques you'll be showing off on the rink (ha! I wish!). Add on your mittens and pom-pom beanie. This getup may be better suited for an indoor rink where the elements are controlled, but adding on a coat can easily transition the look to the outdoors.
This final ensemble is the ultimate in femininity on the rink. Layer on your warmest thermals and sweaters, then top them off with a statement-making belted coat. The A-line silhouette is great because it won't hinder skating. Next add on green corduroy pants. Finish the look with winter-ready accessories to brave the chill - faux fur ear muffs, a thick knit infinity scarf, and gloves are perfect!
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Will you be going ice skating this season? What will you wear there? What other winter activities will you be doing this year? What do you plan to wear? Do you like these outfits? Which one is your favorite? What advice do you have for keeping warm and fashionable in the winter? Please let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!