Tonight's low is 13 degrees. Tomorrow night's low is 15 degrees. And Sunday night's low is freaking 6 degrees, while Tuesday night's low is 11 degrees. So let's come to terms with the knowledge that no matter how drunk you get on each of these nights, you will feel cold. The weather is trying to keep you in, away from your bars and your brunches and your put-off-for-too-long Duane Reade trips. But you will not be defeated — because fashion is on your side! We reached out to some of our favorite fashion people, like Vogue's André Leon Talley, blogger Susie Bubble, Barneys's Simon Doonan, and designer Isaac Mizrahi to get their tips for looking good while staying warm in this assault of a cold front. Because aren't you tired of wearing the same puffy coat and winter boots every day? They suggest Uniqlo heat tech, long silk underwear, cashmere socks — and even LL Bean boots. Check out their suggestions for looking and feeling good this weekend in the slideshow.
André Leon Talley of Vogue
"The most important thing in extreme bitter cold is to have great cashmere socks. Marc Jacobs cashmere socks and his men's ski caps are the best. And gloves. Actually, the best are cheap ones — L.L. Bean, or Urban Outfitters. Knit gloves look better than thermal ones. My favorite cold-weather gear: a great big grizzly Fendi fur (pictured). The worst is a mix of thermal or insulated jackets, with shearling hats, and the wrong carryall. A great canvas carryall to keep things neat. Ski goggles in the city — that would not be so cool. Cool is practical."
"I guess I only really have common-sense tips, like avoiding suede shoes, go for waterproof boots, etc. ... but then again, I myself don't really have any rules for slushy/wet weather. It rains quite a bit in London, and frankly I've given up dressing right for it — I normally come home with soaking-wet feet. [In brutally cold weather go for] PLENTY of layers. I know it's a throwaway line and I am also personally renowned for piling on lots of layers, but in cold weather, one thick cashmere sweater and a coat isn't going to cut it. I do two Uniqlo heat tech long-sleeved tees, a regular button-down shirt, a cashmere sweater (I'm not saying cashmere purposely to sound fancy, it just is that bit warmer), a blazer jacket, then a winter coat topped off with the usual scarves and gloves. This way I also get to have more variety in an outfit given there are more layers."
Simon Doonan of Barneys
"I am a huge Moncler disciple. The puffer jackets (pictured) are orgasmically warm. The key is to pick one in a strange color. I have a forest-green Moncler. If you go for green, then be sure NOT to wear green pants — especially if you are my height — or you will look like a leprechaun. I am also a big believer in oversize shades for the winter. You can delude yourself that you are headed for the ski lodge in Saint Moritz — as opposed to schlepping through midtown."
"Don't wear black. Black gets destroyed in the slushy weather and it looks too severe. Also, don't wear brown — brown is too depressing for slush. When the weather is slushy, a really good color is blue — all kinds of blue, such as navy blue, denim blue, slate blue." (Pictured: a fall 2010 look by Isaac.)
Beth Buccini of Kirna Zabête
"My tip is layer, layer, layer. It is 9 degrees outside but 90 degrees in the office. Peel away the Stella knits and Alex Wang tees to reveal a sexy little cami below. Use scarves indoors and out, like this one. Lisa Marie Fernandez scuba leggings are genius for warmth and sexiness, plus they are water repellent. Hand-knit armwarmers — think Flashdance on your arms — add texture and warmth. Stella's take on the Ugg (pictured) keeps you cute and cozy and you can still wear short skirts."
Jennifer Mankins of Bird
"My husband is Swedish, and I have spent many a winter there (and here!) learning how to deal with the cold. The best technique for sure is good old-fashioned layering. Fine silk long johns (top and bottom) will keep you toasty and not add any bulk. I have a beloved pair of ribbed silk leggings from Fogal that I wear all the time. Tissue-weight cashmere long-sleeve tees (I have a few from Inhabit) are also a great option for wearing under tops or dresses to add a lot of warmth and not a lot of bulk. I wear a lot of dresses, even in the winter, so I often layer a full silk slip underneath — again, warm but not bulky. If you wear fur, a fur vest layered under your winter coat is also a great trick. I have a mid-thigh-length fur vest, which was originally the lining of an Isabel Marant parka, that I wear on its own almost every day. Keeping your feet warm and dry is also of upmost importance! Rubber-soled waterproof boots (preferably shearling-lined) are the only way to go when it is a real wintry mix outside. I wear the Sorel Caribou boots, but I love classic L.L. Bean duck boots (pictured) too. And last but not least, my fail-safe go-to tip is to double up on scarves. Worn one on top of the other, you pretty much make sure that no air or sleet or snow can sneak into any cracks."
Stacey Bendet of Alice + Olivia
"Bright-colored hat and platform furry boots! Or stay inside." (Chanel boots pictured.)
"Close your eyes and put on all your favorite, funky layering pieces that you don't mind getting screwed up with snow and slush, muck and mud." (Pictured: a fall 2010 look by Betsey.)
Sophie Buhai of Vena Cava
"To keep warm in the winter I live in Uniqlo heat tech (pictured), and have a black velvet unitard I wear under everything — it's like the Goth version of long underwear."
Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava
"Three words: American Apparel unitard. Mine is a ballet-warm-up-looking onesie: a camisole on top, leggings on the bottom — that's incredibly comfortable and really warm. I’m warm enough to even dare to wear a dress or skirt, which usually terrifies me in the winter. I wear it under everything — and sometimes to bed. It’s basically my underwear." (Pictured: velvet onesie from River's Edge Dance Wear.)
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