A chilly wind pricked my skin and seemed to seep right into my bones. My husband and I were on our daily stroll around the block in our neighborhood, coffee mugs in hand, sipping and chatting intermittently. With each gentle burst of wind–or passing car–yellow leaves swirled across the black pavement into bright piles on the roadside. The sudden chill caught my attention and reminded me: It isn’t Summer anymore.
As Fall fades into Winter, not only do steaming hot cups of coffee or chocolate become more of a necessity, so does a change in wardrobe! Much as I enjoy the freedom of leather thong sandals and flowing peasant skirts, they are no longer comfortable in 60-degree (or less) temperatures.
“Skirts are impractical,” I’ve heard it said. However, after five and a half years (so far) of wearing skirts and dresses only, I’ve found that statement to be mostly untrue. And during the winter season, not only is it mostly untrue, but a little silly, as well. Why? Because if we wear them the right way, skirts can actually keep us warmer! Let me share a few tips on how to keep toasty this winter while wearing a skirt.
Tip #1 Wear Leggings
At Walmart the other day, I noticed a huge selection of leggings: fleece-lined leggings, “jeggings” (leggings made to imitate tight jeans), regular cotton leggings, leggings with designs, plain leggings, and acrylic athletic leggings.
From experience, I do not recommend anything with a high percentage of polyester, since this makes fabric cling. Because of that, I usually look for the plain, cotton leggings. Even better for me, since they only cost about five bucks a pair–less, if they’re on sale.
During the summer, I wear capri-length leggings under all my skirts. I’ve found this helps with chafing and provides more modesty. This past summer, I found four full-length leggings on sale for three dollars each, then chopped off the section below the knee–without hemming them (I know that’s incredibly lazy, but nobody sees them anyways, right?). Now that it’s colder, I’ve picked up a couple more full-length leggings; but this time, I didn’t trim them. They work wonderfully under all my skirts. They’re also wonderful when paired with tall boots.
Tip #2 Wear Tall Boots
Leggings can be tucked snugly into tall boots for added warmth. I have a couple pairs of tall boots: one with suede leather and “fur” lining, and the other with smooth leather and nylon lining. Though they were purchased on sale (as gifts from my husband), they still cost more than the canvas slip-ons I usually wear. However, the price is worth it for something that will keep my legs from freezing, and will last for many years, as well.
Tip #3 Wear Knitted Leg Warmers
I don’t personally have any of these, but I’ve seen them and they do look cute. They could be worn over the boots to cover more of the lower leg, up past the knee. Along with the leggings underneath, they would be very cozy, I think.
Tip #4 Wear the Right Skirt
My peasant skirts, though I still wear them out of necessity (I don’t have a huge selection of skirts, and that’s okay) are not, however, the top choice for bitter-cold winds. Ideally, I would get a skirt made out of thick, denim fabric. Also, it’s important that the skirt be long enough to cover the legs down past the top of the boots.
Tip #5 Wear Sweat Pants
I’ve never actually done this; I don’t even have sweat pants. But I’ve seen it recommended on another blog, and I think it would be a great idea for really cold days. They wouldn’t have to be the baggy sort; a nice, snug pair of sweat pants–or something made of similar fabric–could be a warm step up from the thinner, ordinary leggings.
Tip # 6 Wear a Slip
A silk slip can provide another layer of warmth. It also keeps skirts from clinging. I got mine from New Creation Apparel and love it!
Tip #7 Stay Indoors
If it’s too cold for a thick denim skirt and a silk slip worn over fleece-lined leggings tucked into tall boots with knitted leg warmers over them . . . then maybe it’s too cold to go out.
However, following all the tips above should help with the rest of those regular, chilly winter days. In fact, as I said before, wearing a skirt in the right way will probably be much warmer than pants!
What tips do you have for keeping toasty warm this winter in a skirt or a dress? Share in the comments below!