The recent inclement weather in NYC has encouraged me to really think about how to schlep elegantly in the snow. This is not an easy task. But I’m inspired to implement my right-brain-left-brain know-how and come up with some cool options to make slopping through the dirty snowstorm aftermath look just a little bit better. Let’s chat for a moment about coats and boots.
The Snow Boots (and no, not Uggs) Let’s get real. They’re never going to be sexy boots. But they can be cool. They can be rad. They can be cute. But above all, let’s make sure they’re functional so you can step carefree into slushy puddles that flood the sidewalks.
Le Canadienne Tami: A non-rubber option…you always need one of those.
Timberland: Known for durability, they’ve made a foray into fashion boots. These all-weather numbers do a little bit of function + fashion (albeit, a bit space age).
The Coat. I promise, you don’t have to look like you’re wearing a sleeping bag in order to be warm. There are puffy coat options that can be flattering and fashionable at the same time. Just make sure you look for seams that are on the diagonal (versus traditionally squared quilting) to give the illusion of tailoring, and ensure there is a way to nip in the waist. Go for mid-thigh or knee-length (at the longest). Ankle length is hard to walk in (trust me, I know).
Kenneth Cole: A fitted, down number that has a cool-looking collar and faux denim fabric.
Brooklyn Industries: Cool store. Totally up on styles. Totally functional stuff that still looks really, really, really good. Really.
Mackage: The mack-daddy of coats. Gorgeous and forward-thinking designs for both wool and puff. More expensive, for sure. But absolutely worth it.
Now get some mittens and your favorite hat and be warm and dry. Step into half-melted snow with confidence. Frolick to your heart’s content.