Today was super chilly, and while we’ve been super lucky in terms of the weather this fall, I think it’s time to face the fact that winter is almost here. It’s even supposed to snow tonight! We’ll be putting our thick comforter on the bed this weekend, and I’ll probably make a fruitcake in the next couple of weeks (the best way to make fruitcake is to do it months in advance, and then keep it in the freezer and pour booze on it constantly until christmas).
It always makes me laugh when American style blogs feature “winter looks” that consist of little fall coats and cute leather gloves, and then talk about how “cosy and warm” the outfit would be. Since moving to Ottawa, I’ve really embraced the fact that if I want to be warm, I will be wearing several layers of clothing. I like to think of myself as a winter onion – if you peel away enough layers, you might find a nice outfit! Or sweatpants, depending on just how cold it is.
With that in mind, I would like to point out that winter gear is finally getting some attention from the design world, and that the Colombia bugaboo parka is no longer the pinnacle of cold-weather fashion.
I got my Soia and Kyo wool coat two years ago (at half price!) after drooling over them for ages, and it’s been my best friend. Unlike every other wool coat I’ve owned, this one is actually able to see me through the entire winter – they’re designed in Montreal, so obviously they knew what they were doing! If I were to pick one out this year though, I’d definitely go for this one with a hood!
Of course the now-ubiquitous Canada Goose parkas are super warm, but I do have to please ask that people stop wearing them when it’s still above freezing. Those things are actually designed for the Arctic, so you must be sweating under there. Plus, if you’re going to get a heavy-duty down parka, get a Moose Knuckles – they’re way better looking (nobody’s paying me to say this, but I will totally accept a free parka).
Boots are another story with my feet, but there are lots of options if you’re in a size range that manufacturers actually care about. I’m thinking of just getting the fleece liners for my Hunter boots and trying to tough it out, because my super-old Merrells are starting to leak and I hate boot shopping so much, but we’ll see how long I last.
So, if you live in Canada and get real winter (not you, Vancouver), don’t worry. You won’t be able to dress like anything the Sartorialist calls a winter look, but you won’t have to look like you’ve stepped out of a Robert Munsch book or an Arctic research station. Although let’s face it, we’re all still trying to figure out how we can legitimately hibernate, or develop a city-wide system of heated tunnels. Because let’s face it, if the beaver-pelt hat hadn’t been in style when the Europeans discovered Canada, there’s no way in hell that they would have decided to stay here.