Figuring out what to wear on a winter date is a lot harder than picking out a summer date outfit. You have to consider wind chill, snow, sleet, and the fact that the sun is the furthest it can possibly be away from you. Growing up and living in the northern states of the United States, I am no stranger to the cold and the struggle of enjoying the outdoors in below zero temperatures. The key, as I’m sure many of you know, is finding the right clothes!
Finally, last winter, it all clicked in my head during one of my “stuck in the house crisis”. My husband and I decided to flex our adventurous muscles and go for a hike at our local state park. Our homemade inside dates- as charming and sweet as they were- were not cooling my antsy feet. It had been months since we left the house and I was feeling cooped up and cranky.
After voicing his staunch disapproval of the idea and me jauntily ignoring it, we were bundled up and headed to grab some pre-walk coffee. I don’t want anyone getting the idea that my husband is bossy or a think-I-know-it-all sort of man. No, the fact is – plain and simple – I hate the cold and 9 times out of 10 I want to head home 15 minutes after reaching our destination. He knows it and I sure know it, but this time I had thought ahead and planned out our outing and what we would wear to stay warm. He was pleasantly surprised when we stayed out for over two hours!
Which takes us to the Number One Rule and (most Important rule at that ): Plan Your Winter Date Ahead of Time. I cannot stress this enough! Plan your date at least a day or two in advance. I know spontaneity is exciting and can lead to some wonderful times, but nothing kills the mood more than frozen extremities or sweating profusely in a restaurant.
Now that you’ve settled on a location and time ( don’t forget the temperature just keeps dropping as the night goes on ) it’s time to break into your closet for clothing you can layer on top of one another. This is Rule Number Two ( don’t let the sequence fool you either, this one is as important as the first ): Layer, layer, layer.
No matter the venue of your date, you’ll want to wear layers. This is the only way to ensure you’ll be warm enough to have a great time outside while avoiding heatstroke inside. You’ll want a base layer, your date night outfit, a jacket, and a coat.
Many argue that the base layer is the most important and I am not one to disagree. If you live in a particularly cold place, this is your go-to move against the cold. Check out Underarmour shirts and leggings and wear them underneath the cute outfit!
For the actual outfit, I suggest a pair of slim jeans, boots, and a long sleeve shirt. Or a dress and a pair of fuzzy leggings large enough to go over your base leggings. These items will fit nicely over top your baselayer and provide coverage of their own. This is where you should let your creativity run wild- want to wear bright cheerful colors? Do it! Want to rock your inner businesswoman? Go for it! If you’re not sure, check out these great pieces!
3. Jacket or Cardigan
This needs to be loose enough to slide over your long sleeve shirt, but not too bulky as to make your coat uncomfortable. This is an important layer- as it will be what you can easily take on and off inside to regulate your temperature. My go-to is my fitted denim jacket!
Finally, pick a big, warm coat that will protect you against the elements. Don’t worry so much about fashion here- that’s all underneath! Go for puffy, stuffed coats, long, tweed ones, or even a ski-coat! No matter what you pick, make sure it has pockets! What else will hold your gloves and hat when you get too warm? And Remember, you and your comfort are always the most important so wear what makes you warm!
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