How To Stay Warm & Look Cool

The East coast’s collective sigh at the onslaught of more cold weather can be heard all the way over here in sunny California. So in an effort to demonstrate our empathy (after all, we spent many years pounding the sub-zero sidewalks of Manhattan) we have constructed a fail-proof outfit to make your cold-weather commute a little more bearable. Simply switch your boots for pumps upon arrival and thank the heavens winter only lasts for 6 months.

Photo: Vanessa Jackman

Step 1

A good foundation is important. Start with a no-nonsense crew neck from ski brand Aether (they know a thing or two about staying toasty) and add thermal leggings and thick, ribbed socks.

Step 2

A starched white button down (layered over your black top with the collar popped) and tailored wool trousers look polished in the office. Add a welcome dose of color with a flame-red intarsia knit popover and top with a leather-sleeved parka.

Step 3

When insurmountable snow piles and ice-cold puddles are concerned, you want to be protected. Opt for these quilted, fleece-lined boots with serious lug soles. Add cellphone-friendly quilted gloves, a blanket scarf and cable-knit beanie to keep you warm in the windchill. Stow your essentials in a weather-proof canvas tote.