After a blisteringly hot fall the temperatures in Los Angeles have finally cooled down, but in this land of extremes it goes without saying that the weather went from hot as Hades to icy cold in no more than a month. January is usually a beautiful time of year, and the blue skies and puffy white clouds I see every morning are no exception to the rule, but it’s cold. The low temperatures have been in the thirties recently. The daytime is usually a warmer than night, but as soon as the sun goes down whatever warmth those golden rays bring suddenly disappear.
Thankfully I’ve built a wardrobe that can handle high temperatures as well as fairly low ones. I’m not saying that I’m ready for a winter in Chicago, but over the years I’ve added some nice warm coats to keep the chill of January at bay. I bought this plaid beauty on sale a couple of years ago, and I relish the warm wool as much as the dark, muted, winter colors woven into the plaid. There’s something about burgundy and grey that feel so comforting this time of year. Tall boots and a long scarf keep the rest of me warm as well.
The day I wore this outfit I looked around me and saw a lot of people shivering in thin sweaters and light weight jackets. Part of it might just be that Angelenos are not used to the cold, so don’t prepare for it. But I wonder if we all invested in a few great looking cold weather pieces if we wouldn’t feel more confident about bundling up, and avoid freezing when the sun went down!
- Plaid coat by Tommy Hillfigger
- Grey dress from Ross, a gift from my mother-in-law
- Tall boots from Loehmanns
- Clutch from Nordstroms
- Cashmere scarf a gift from my mother
Do you have a favorite cold weather coat?