Fashion Tips For Winter Dressing When It’s Really Cold Out

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Every year when summer melts into fall, we get pretty excited to revamp our wardrobe. Don’t get us wrong! We love the easy, breezy fashion that comes with warm weather—but the cool, crisp autumn air just gives us so many options. However, when fall turns into winter and multiple layers become mandatory, we start to run out of cute cold weather outfits real quick. If you feel the same, these tips for winter dressing are about to make your life (and your look) far better.

Guess what? Just because it’s freezing out, doesn’t mean we have to collectively resign ourselves to giving up on style—it just means we all have to think a bit more creatively when getting dressed in the morning. Layers are a must, so don’t ditch your trendy jackets for heavy duty coats until it’s absolutely necessary; just buy them a size up so you can fit a sweater and down vest underneath! Or, accessorize with cute pieces that also provide warmth, like faux fur scarves and heat-trapping hats.

Even during winter’s darkest days, great style is very possible, so long as you’re prepared. Here, a few of our top tips and tricks for dressing when it’s cold outside. Embrace your inner snow queen and become the winter fashionista you were born to be! And seriously, stay warm out there.

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1. Become A Layering Pro

There is a reason layering is always on-trend in the winter: It’s a massively practical way to dress when it’s really cold. Don’t be afraid to pile on the layers, and don’t worry about them ruining your look. The key is to find items you can layer discretely under trendier pieces, so you stay warm and still look cute.

My number one recommendation is to buy an ultra thin, lightweight puffer or vest from Uniqlo, which can be paired over sweaters and under jackets for an extra layer of warmth. Ask any girl who’s ever braved the great outdoors during Fashion Week in February—she’s got a Uniqlo down jacket hidden underneath her chic, street-style worthy coat.

My top recs? The Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Vest paired with this Topshop Fleece & Faux Leather Moto Jacket.

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2. Let Your Boots Steal The Show

Great winter style really boils down to a good pair of boots. Got a fab pair of over-the-knee beauties? Show them off by pairing them with a short dress and patterned tights. Have killer ankle boots that the world deserves to see? Style them with cuffed jeans and a chunky knit.

While you definitely need a few practical pairs for winter, make sure you have at least one

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In this season of austerity, there’s a cold sort of beauty in decorating with twigs

Each, when properly arranged, can stick the landing beside entryways or in view of the kitchen window, enlivening barren yards between now and the first spring blooms. And the twigs can do it with an appeal that’s less Mario Buatta chintz and more Scandinavian farmhouse; more pencil line than lavish brushstroke.

“I grew up in Georgia,” says Phil Mueller of Star Valley Flowers, a grower of fruiting, flowering and decorative branches — mainly woody perennials — in Wisconsin. “The ability to see beauty in winter starkness is less developed there.” Now, living in the north, he says he has come to appreciate twigs as a natural botanical element that lasts all winter.

“With twigs, you get instant height,” he says. “The winter season container can be as impactful as for summer.

“I love fantail willow,” he adds. “It’s so weirdly cool. The shape. No stem is the same as another.”

Mueller says it’s important to mass twigs to see the color. And he suggests placing container twig arrangements where they will catch the snow, for added interest.

“The birds will land,” he says. “You can watch it interact with the environment.”

In nearby Michigan, Deborah Silver, owner of Detroit Garden Works, is the dean of organic outdoor installations. Her retail shop sells farmed twigs in store and online. They are less blemished and more uniform than scavenged branches.

“I do think this winter, perhaps more than the usual, people will want to have something in place,” Silver says. “It’s very human nature to respond to the darkness that comes with winter.”

She advises placing winter containers where they can give you the most pleasure from the inside of the house, “so when it’s cold, you have something to look at.”

In her blog,, she writes of the need for “twinkle” to help “stave off the gray.” She suggests mounding lights on the surface of the container soil (for a bottom-lit glow), which should be about two or three inches below the rim of the pot to help conceal cords.

She and her crew are adamant about the mechanics of firmly securing the contents of pots they create for clients. Pound a bamboo stake into the middle of the pot’s soil to provide stability. Then tie the vertical elements to the stake, she says. Another option is to hand-stick every element into the dirt, four inches into the soil for small twigs, deeper for larger pieces. Pots can also be fully lighted. Encircle the vertical pieces with cut evergreen boughs to hide the cords and supports. Other plant materials, such as dried hydrangeas, also can be used to encircle the base. And she says quality faux berry twigs are just fine and last several seasons.

This winter, as we find ways to socialize outdoors, a row of twig-filled containers can help create the feel of a sheltered space for sitting (at a safe distance) with a heater or fire pit and maybe two friends. The containers, Silver says, don’t need

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Livermore cold case rape suspect dies of suicide

LIVERMORE — A city resident who was facing charges that he raped two women decades ago died of suicide Thursday, days after hearing both his victims testify for the prosecution in a preliminary hearing, prosecutors announced.

Gregory Vien, 61, was facing charges that he sexually assaulted two women, in Livermore and Union City respectively, in 1997. One of the women was scheduled to continue her testimony Nov. 13, when he deliberately injured himself. He spent several days in the hospital and died Thursday, prosecutors said.

Vien was linked to DNA to both sexual assaults through the method of using genetic scans to identify a suspect’s family member and working backwards from there, made famous in the Golden State Killer investigation. In April, an Alameda County judge released him from jail amid concerns he was at high risk for COVID-19, sparking condemnation from Livermore’s mayor.

Had Vien been ordered to stand trial after his preliminary hearing, he likely would have remained out of jail awaiting trial.

In the May 6, 1997, attack in Union City, the then-41-year-old victim was walking to the BART station when she was “violently attacked,” dragged to a secluded area, had her clothes cut off and was sexually assaulted, according to police.

On Sept. 15, 1997, a 22-year-old woman was walking around Livermore High School when a man approached her. He pulled her from the bleachers and forced her to a dark and secluded area where he sexually assaulted her, police said.

Testifying in court last week, the second victim said under oath she was pregnant at the time and out for a walk when a masked assailant came up to her, threatened her, and sexually assaulted her repeatedly. She he told her he had a knife, and that she couldn’t leave or cry out until after he left the scene.

“He threatened me and my baby,” Doe said on the stand Nov. 12. “I felt physically ill, I felt violated and I felt sick. I was concerned about the baby. … I was scared, angry.”

In a news release announcing Vien was dead, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley issued a written statement praising the police investigation and victims’ statement that led to Vien’s arrest.

“The survivors of these sexual assaults showed great courage in coming to court to face the man who attacked and terrorized them 23 years ago. Both women lived for all these years without knowing who assaulted her or seeing him brought to justice,” O’Malley said. “The police agencies never stopped investigating these heinous crimes in order to keep the victim-survivors and the communities of Livermore and Union City safe.”

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Carhartt updates its ‘Yukon Extremes’ cold weather clothing collection

Carhartt has updated its Yukon Extremes collection for men and women who must be outside in extreme cold conditions.

According to Carhartt, the original collection was developed more than 25 years ago.

“The company is committed to evolving its products to not only meet the ever-changing needs of consumers, but to also improve its gear as well. The re-invented Yukon Extremes collection was updated this year to be warmer and tougher than any other cold gear on the market, without the weight.”

The updated collection for the first time also includes clothing for women and introduces a fleece offering.

“With Yukon Extremes, we knew we needed to offer a product that provided extreme warmth and durability at an affordable price point that could be used in the coldest environments – such as the Arctic,” said Alex Guerrero, senior vice president, general manager, global product at Carhartt.

After testing a variety of fabrics – including using its own “abrasion testing” – Carhartt said it chose “a 500-denier CORDURA fabric shell and 3M Thinsulate insulation for many of the pieces. CORDURA, an innovative suppler of the most durable fabrics, is used extensively in military gear and apparel with proven performance in some of the world’s toughest conditions.

Additionally, throughout the design process, Carhartt worked closely with 3M to introduce a new reflective safety technology that offers retro-reflectivity and versatility.”

The Yukon Extremes collection with descriptions from Carhartt includes:

Insulated Parka (men’s and women’s) – The parka is Carhartt’s warmest coat and features 390 grams of 3M Thinsulate Featherless insulation. It has reflective details, an adjustable hood and rib-knit storm cuffs designed to keep the cold out. It comes in burnt olive and black. Price starts at $299.99.

Carhartt Yukon Extremes collection

Carhartt’s Yukon Extremes insulated parka. (Carhartt)

Insulated Coverall (men’s and women’s) – These coveralls in addition to providing warmth, offer protection from the elements with 150 grams of 3M Thinsulate along with Wind Fighter technology and Rain Defender durable water repellent. The coveralls also offer 3M Scotchlite Carbon Black reflective taping on the center back and double front, are knee pad compatible and offer a number of functional pockets. The coveralls are black. Price starts at $249.99.

Carhartt Yukon Extremes collection

Carhartt’s Yukon Extremes coveralls. (Carhartt)

Insulated Active Jac (men’s only ) – The jacket has a 6.5-ounce, 500-denier CORDURA nylon shell and 150 grams of 3M Thinsulate featherless insulation offer warmth without the weight. It also features an attached 3M Thinsulate hood with drawcord and 3M Scotchlite Carbon Black reflective taping on center back yolk and front pockets. The jacket is black. Price starts at $169.99.

Carhartt Yukon Extremes collection

Carhartt’s Yukon Extremes insulated active jac. (Carhartt)

Insulated Biberall (men’s only) – These bibs are made with 6.5-ounce, 500 denier CORDURA nylon shell and 150g 3M Thinsulate insulation, they also feature 3M Scotchlite carbon black reflective taping to show movement and create enhanced visibility. To ensure a perfect fit, the bibs offer adjustable elastic suspenders and feature a low profile buckle closure and two-way zip front. The bibs have double-layer knees with

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