Winter is known for being the most wonderful time of the year – presents, parties, ice-skating, building snowmen and all that jazz. Unfortunately, it does not have a reputation for being the sexiest time of the year; crop tops and open-toe shoes will not be worn when it’s -0°C. To step outside, you have to bundle up in a gazillion layers and protect yourself from bone chilling temperatures which, at times, make you look and feel like the Abdominal Snowman.
We have the fashion tips and tricks to make you look sizzling in the style department, check out our advice to on how to look hot in the freezing cold in our favourite shade of the season, grey!
Accessories are your fashion friend but, most importantly, they keep extremities such as hands and feet warm. Luckily for you stores in Canada do not lack for any gloves or winter boots and these cashmere fingerless gloves from N.Peal make it easy to get at your phone’s touchscreen in a cinch. And while Patagonia’s Activist boot is no sexy stiletto, you’ll be happy to have it on your feet when you walking through 20 cm of white powdery stuff. N.Peal Cashmere Fingerless Gloves, $74.25; Patagonia Activist Puff Boot, $220.
Down Down Down!
Down down down! And no, we’re not referring to the direction of the snow falling on the ground we’re talking about jackets lined with the feathery stuff. Two ultra-warm and fashionable hot down jackets we found for you is this two-tone Columbia jacket insulated with 850-fill goose down and Patagonia’s Down Sweater Jacket lined with 800-fill down. Columbia Women’s Diamond 890 Turbodown™ Jacket, $379.99; Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket, $270.
Ladies, when you’re not trekking out and about in the snow you can get you sexy back from Old Man Winter thanks to the knit sweater. We love cozy and cuddly knits because: a) they’re warm, b) they’re comfy, c) they can be thrown on in an instant and d) they come in a myriad of styles from body con to oversized. Peep these two hot little numbers from Joe Fresh and Zara, perfect when you’re looking to get your chic on for date night with your S.O. Joe Fresh Stripe Chunky Knit, $119; Zara Ribbed V-Neck Dress, $79.90.
What’s the key to looking hot when it’s freezing cold outside? No, it’s not staying indoors. It’s to layer up; tights under pants, sweaters and cardigans overtop tank tops and camis. When you and your man plan an evening ice skating outdoors together you’ll want to wear Cuddl Dud’s Climatesmart undershirt underneath your knit sweater. And to protect your legs you can’t go wrong with donning cashmere leggings from the Gap, designed to feel softer than a baby’s bottom thanks to its lux composition. Cuddl Duds Climatesmart Long Sleeve Crew Neck Shirt, $38.49; Gap Cashmere Sweater Leggings, $168.
To prevent you from turning into a life size icicle when it reaches sub-zero outside we recommend that you wear wool; socks, sweaters, toques and more. If it’s made from the hairs of a sheep guaranteed you’ll be toastier than a piece of toast. Made from a blend of merino wool and cashmere, Babaton’s Cormac Coat has us cooing over its chic its streamed line silhouetted and asymmetrical design. And, of course, the place to go when you need to find cool and comfy sock Canadian retailer Roots; we love these cashmere socks with its faded design. Babaton Cormac Coat, $295; Roots Womens Cashmere Sleigh Sock, $45.