How to Style a Snow Outfit to Stay Warm
Quote of the day: “You know that old saying: “You’re never too old to play. You’re only too old for low-rise jeans.” Ellen Degeneres
All kidding aside with this quote, we really should never be too old to play. Even though I’ve never been a huge fan of the cold or snow, I figured, maybe it’s time to see what all the fuss is about.
On a quick side note, I’d like to interrupt this post about the Sephora opportunity I’m applying for in case you missed it on Friday.
I just applied for a paid influencer spot for Sephora. I’m sure it’s quite a long shot considering I don’t have a huge Instagram following, but they said that testimonials will help my application. So if you have 5 minutes, I would truly appreciate your words to help my cause. Here is the link for the testimonial. If you already supplied a testimonial for me thank you, thank you, thank you so much!
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Why would I love to do this? Because now that I have more time since I’m retired, I’ve enjoyed trying out different products and sharing them. Like the time I wore two different lipsticks the entire day. Or searching for hair products to help to make my hair look thicker. It’s that biology background that I have that makes me so interested in why certain products work and some don’t. Yet we are all so different, so it’s not the same for everyone.
I feel like we need more older women in the beauty field, with experience and honesty. So thank you for your help in this. I truly appreciate the time it takes away from your day.
Now onto our regularly scheduled theme. Not that I am the professional on styling a snow outfit. But considering how much we’ve been taking photos outside lately, I have come up with some ideas. Nancy is the one who really knows what she’s doing, since she goes skiing once a week in the mountains.
For those of you who are already looking forward to spring and live where you don’t have this kind of weather, then lucky you. As for us, March and April are usually our snowiest months in Denver. And if by chance you ever come out to go skiing, then you could always pin these photos for the ideas for later. So bear with us as we stay realistic in what we are wearing right for the cold weather.
I’ll give you some more background info on where we were for these photos later this week, but suffice it to say it was a cold day in the mountains. I mean you know it’s cold when I can get both mom and Nancy to wear a hat!!
Heck, I even included Rob’s photo since he was dressed like a snowman too.
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit
Coat: Mom made it (similar here)~~Leggings: (similar here)~~Boots: Jambu c/o (similar here)~~Brooch: (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)~~Hat: (similar here)~~Mittens: (similar here)
Why I Wore This Outfit
Welcome to another edition of my mom made my coat! I know that since it was a cold, snowy day, I should have grabbed my puffer. But my puffer is rated for medium cold weather. Not cold, cold weather. And I needed a coat that was big enough for me to layer quite a bit under it. So I’ve had this plaid wool coat for ages. It has quilted lining on the inside, and probably weighs more than my cat.
As for the leggings, you would laugh if you realized that I have on 2 pairs of fleeced lined tights. Hey, a girl’s gotta stay warm somehow. And with this very bulky coat, I wanted to try to keep it slimmer on the bottom. It reminds me of when I used to go skiing (in a different lifetime) and would see the beautiful people skiing. The snow bunnies always seemed so thin and perfect looking while I felt like a fluff ball in my snow outfit.
Under this coat is a warm turtleneck that I wore to the fashion show. The nice thing as you can see in some of these photos, is that I could pull it up over my chin for warmth. Unplanned, but perfect for the day. It’s hard to see my faux fur scarf with all the layers, but it’s there.
As for my hands. I have two pairs layered. The under pair are texting gloves but they aren’t super warm. So I layered my fleece lined mittens over them. Then when I was playing with my phone, I didn’t have to have an exposed hand. That’s why you may notice that it looks like I have a brown glove on one hand in some photos.
Nancy’s (70+) Outfit
Why Nancy Wore This Outfit
Since Nancy is out skiing almost once a week in the winter, she’s well prepared and has quite a few options for the cold weather and her snow outfit. This isn’t her only ski jacket, but it is her warmest one, and oldest one. She keeps saying she’d love to replace it but is worried it wouldn’t be as good.
You can see how these hats with the ear flaps are quite smart for these conditions. Nancy calls the thing around her neck a gaitor. I actually have one and had no idea what it was or why I have it. But I can see how it’d be so beneficial especially for skiing. You wouldn’t have the ends of a scarf getting in the way and flapping around. Plus it holds the ear flaps down in place so perfectly.
For this outing, Nancy just wore a pair of her jeans over her thermals. This is a great reason to save an older, too big pair of jeans for layering for warmth.
I have to tell you about her mittens too. When we went to the Christkindl market they had a ton of fleece lined mittens for sale. That’s actually where I bought the pair I’m wearing for this post, and it’s amazing how much warmer they are than regular mittens. Nancy didn’t get a pair at that time, but regretted it. So I sent her the link for these soon afterwards. Now she’s a fan too.
Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit
Why Charlotte Wore This Outfit
If my mom looks like she stepped off the pages of a 1970’s magazine, you would be correct. This is her cross country ski outfit that she’s had since that time. She will tell you that it’s a good thing she never throws anything out. In fact, it’s a badge of honor for her. Because otherwise, what would she have worn for her snow outfit? The entire outfit was bought together at the same time, which is why it matches so perfectly. Even the one scarf was part of it, and is fastened in the shoulder tabs.
It’s a good thing she had this other scarf with her too since the matching one is obviously for decoration only. Not that that’s really the case, but the orange scarf never comes off this jacket. And considering the elements this day, she needed something around her face like the redder scarf.
As for the pants, they are more of a topper to keep her dry in the snow. These aren’t super thick and warm, so my mom has 2 other layers underneath.
For my mom’s hands, she’s wearing glove liners under her gloves. If you live in the warmer states, you may have had NO idea that some of these things exist. But trust me. If you ever come out, you’ll be happy I told you about all of this.
Why Rob Wore This Outfit
Rob doesn’t have a ton of really cold weather pieces either. In fact, the coat he’s wearing used to be my dad’s coat. Nancy keeps it at her place in case her friends or family are here visiting in the winter. It’s a warm coat, but my hubby even layered coats this day. Maybe you can see a little print peeking out the bottom of the blue coat? It’s a lightweight puffer coat so he’s using an idea that I had us showcase on the blog last year.
His pants are a wool pair of cargo pants that work so well for these adventures. Of course, there are thermal underwear under them.
The piece de resistance of my hubby’s snow outfit is the hat. Since his hair isn’t quite as thick anymore, there’s a lot of heat he loses from it, LOL. Needless to say he has two of these kinds of hats that he can’t live without. And funny thing is that both are from H&M.
Tips & Tricks
If you are out in the cold and snow, the best thing EVER are the hand and feet warmers. They warm up fast and last for at least 8 hours. It’s the only way this girl who is always cold can tolerate these activities.
Of course you all know about layering and thermal underwear. If you ever need any, the end of the season like now, is the perfect time to buy them. Sure, they aren’t something you need every day, but you’ll be happy to have them for times like this.
The other super important element is the traction on your boots. You’ve heard me talk about our Jambu winter footwear and how the traction of the soles make them ideal. Heck, even around your area when it’s slightly snowy, it’s a good detail. The last thing we all need is to fall on our bums. And I will caution people about some of the older snow boots. Mine were SO heavy that it was hard to enjoy walking around all day. So many of the newer ones are lightweight which can make such a difference.
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