One especially brutal week in a Chicago winter some years ago colored my conception of Midwestern winters. On a rational level, I know that average temperatures in Chicago are not meaningfully lower than those in New England, but that knowledge does not mitigate my fear. When I got news in November that I’d have to spend close to a month…

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I vaguely recall the windswept mid-fall day on which these outfit photos were taken: the dense foliage had only recently exploded with color (an oddity) after an unseasonably warm start to fall. I remember thinking to myself: self, relish this moment, because winter is coming. While December in the Northeast hasn’t been especially brutal–it has merely seesawed between tolerably-cold-but-wet and…

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If November is “the Norway of the year,” then December is Alaska. (And January Antarctica.) Getting dressed ceases to be fun and instead becomes a logistical nightmare wherein I try to imagine an outfit for the day’s highs (20) and lows (14), realize I can’t (because going outside when it’s below freezing is cruel), and contemplate just staying in bed with…

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Do you have a favorite college sweatshirt that you are struggling to elevate? (Not that everything in your closet must see the light of day.) My favorite way to wear these comfort pieces in cold weather is to top them with a patterned jacket to add visual interest. For anyone interested in the Oversized Topcoat in Check Tweed (last seen here), it…

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A staff writer for The New Republic puzzled at length over full-length down coats in a piece titled “Against the Caterpillar Coat.” She called these coats “totally unnecessary” and think they “make their wearers look bound at the knees, like they couldn’t take a large step over a puddle of snowmelt if called upon.” She has enough awareness to note…

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