For a winter without winter temperatures, getting dressed is becoming a daily challenge. When is the last time it was 70 degrees on Christmas day in New York City? When shopping for January weather, you may have second thoughts about that turtleneck sweater or these flannel lined pants. What you need is layered clothing that can easily go lighter or heavier according to the weather’s whims.
The type of jacket you need is the 3-in-1 Free Country Everglade Jacket. This is like having two jackets in one. One for really cold days and another for these “un- winter” days of late. How does it work? The coat has an inside detachable part in polyfill that functions both as a lining and a lighter jacket in itself. You can also just wear the outer shell on rainy days and reattach the inner jacket, hood and adjustable cuffs if the temperatures dip down. The coat has a contemporary sexy style with flattering trim lines and a single off-axis pocket zipper. It is the perfect jacket for New York’s bi-polar winter weather. Available at http://www.freecountry.com
Sebago has a collection of light winter boots such as the suede Nell Ankle Boot perfect for this hybrid winter season. A leather reinforcement adds a rustic sturdiness to the tapered elegant boot while buckle embellishments impart an extra refinement that you can take anywhere. Wear it for dinner at your favorite “farm to table” joint or on brisk walks in Central Park. The two inch heel does not feel its height thanks to a cushioning inside and sturdy sole construction that enables you to walk for hours with ease. Available in dark taupe or black. See the Sebago collection for other options at http://www.sebago.com
If you love the comfort of clogs with their wooden thick soles that are so good for your spine, opt for the Cape Clogs Vasa boot in January, a “clog turned boot”, with its solid Alder wood foundation and finest Italian high grain leather upper. It is ideal for these light winter days when you don’t have to insulate your feet in layers of socks, and it affords the freedom and lightness of your favorite clogs. The bright colors in Eggplant Purple, Honey Brown Red Square or Lime Citrus will keep you cheerful in this dreary weather while the back zipper will make it easy to slide in and off. With their offbeat fashionable style, they’ll carry you through winter into spring with skinny jeans or a leather mini. Get them at http://www.capeclogs.com
It is easy to take casual runs in Central Park in this mild weather. Cut the glare with a pair of Oakley Hold On Women’s sunglasses. They’re super light, and have a stress-resistant frame that fits securely on your nose with snag-free, no-slip nose pads. You’ll appreciate the high def optics that deliver unmatched clarity, all while protecting your eyes with 100 % UV ray lens protection. Take these stunning shades designed for an active lifestyle on the slopes or in a blizzard. Available at http://www.oakley.com and all three Oakley stores in New York.
For the multi-tasking fashion-conscious woman or man, this finely crafted and hip Something Strong messenger bag is ideal in cold weather. With sturdy straps and magnetic snaps, it holds your laptop securely in an inside fold and your I-phone in a slide holder slot to keep you organized. Available in winter fabrics such as wool, plaid in black, grey and brown colors that you can carry from the Williamsburg streets to your out of town meetings with total ease. Discover the whole collection at http://www.somethingstrong.com.