FASHION FROM ABROAD: Layered Love

Fashion From Abroad

I’ve been trying to pretend it isn’t happening, but there’s no denying it anymore: winter has hit London with a vengeance. I thought it was cold two weeks ago, when I documented a Fashionista bundled up in an oversized boyfriend coat, but I must have jinxed myself, because the temperature has done nothing but drop since then. I hope that Fashionista added a few more sweaters (gloves, an extra layer of tights, etc.) under her coat, because she’s going to need them.

Meanwhile, this week’s Fashionista carries a valuable message for freezing Londoners: layering is key. I could wax poetic about my love for the layered look, but this method is more practical than ever under these glacial circumstances. Of course, there’s no reason not to inject a few stylish elements into your look too; contrary to popular belief, sensibility doesn’t need to be synonymous with boring. For further proof, simply look to this Fashionista: she’s wearing tights and a T-shirt, both layering necessities, but she amplifies the look in leather shorts, a knee-skimming overcoat in a vibrant hue, a gigantic blanket disguised as a scarf (I kid) and a furry white hat. She completes the look in a pair of heeled oxfords, the ultimate antidote to frumpiness.

I’m not afraid to admit that this outfit can be made even more conducive to warmth; you couldn’t pay me to go out in shorts in these temperatures. Add a sweater over the T-shirt (while you’re at it, make that tee a long-sleeve-r), pull on a pair of leather pants in lieu of shorts and invest in a thick pair of socks and sleek gloves. A simple way to avoid misery while staying chic? I think yes.

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