- knee-high black boots (exact)
- arm-knit infinity scarf (instructions here)
- elbow-length cashmere gloves
- fur hat
Yes, I know I'm basically a Tzarina at this point, but when the chilliness of winter comes and I'm at work in a house that is over 100 years old, clothes get extra points for suggle-factor. My boots were originally purchased for my brother's wedding - as a bridesmaid, we were standing the entire time outside in frigid weather in thin chiffon (sleeveless) gowns. The boots were a concession, since the gowns were floor-length anyway. I've worn them to death ever since. The arm-knit scarf is something that takes two skeins of chunky yarn (total cost: $8) and about forty minutes of time. Knit it up and you'll never want to take this thing off. Think a cat wrapped eternally around your neck, minus the claws. I was given the elbow-length cashmere gloves by my little girls for Christmas and, though they are risky to wear while carrying my laptop (slippery!) they're the warmest, softest, most kittenlike things imaginable. And the hat. You knew that was coming, didn't you? I purchased it in an antique store several weeks back. I couldn't leave it there - it actually looked good on me, and I knew I'd regret it if I left the hat there. After some debating, it came home with me and I haven't looked back. I looked up How To Be Reasonably Certain It's Real Fur and my hat passes pretty much all the tests. Hurray! Real fur for the win. Or....or am I not supposed to say that because of animal cruelty laws? I hope this martin or mink or otter or what-have-you was trapped under polite circumstances and treated like a gentleman for the remainder of his (brief) life.
What are your winter must-haves?