Snowy with a chance of fashion faux pas
Libby Haagensenn, 33, sales associate, Chicago:
The biggest mistakes were in footwear, where an alarming number of people were in denial and still wearing sneakers or summer shoes — in December! I'll be writing more about boots after testing some promising ones in the coming weeks.
Next time I'll wear thicker socks, heavier boots and insulated mittens over my fur-lined leather gloves. Yup, layering works. Please learn from my mistakes and … stay warm.
Tips for staying warm
Natural fibers like silk, wool, down
Thick socks and waterproof or water-resistant lined boots
Hats that cover ears or with earmuffs
Mittens on top of gloves
No exposed flesh anywhere
33, sales associate, Chicago
Even as snowflakes fell on her furry hood, Haagensen contended, "This isn't cold. This is comfortable. It's refreshing."
Perhaps she felt that way because she was dressed for the cold. She wore a down Mackage coat, thick socks from REI, heavy leggings and substantial boots from Coach.
When I told her I was surprised that she had no gloves, Haagensen invited me to stick a hand in her warm pocket and I had to agree it was a pretty cozy place — but impractical if you're carrying packages or like to talk with your hands.
When the temperature drops to single digits, Haagensen's heavy artillery is a down coat from The North Face, Sorel boots and snow shoes for outdoor fun in Lincoln Park.