Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Clothing Diary Week 3

Another week with incredibly cold weather. For those of you who live in warmer climates, you just have to take my word for it that this weather is exceptional, even for Chicago. Consistent lows below zero or in the single digits, days upon days of highs MAYBE in the teens. Dry dry dry air, wind to knock you over... just lovely!  I actually love winter, but this is even more extreme that I would prefer. But we carry on, in style!

As before, if I can link to my item, or something substantially similar, I will provide a link. The absence of any link means I couldn't find anything close enough...

Denim Shirt - J.Jill, jeans - Eileen Fisher, earrings - similar here, cardigan - Dublin Woolen Mills,
scarf - Nordstrom, boots, Bogs

I know I've mentioned it before, but these Bogs boots are the WARMEST I've ever owned. They're not pretty, but in Chicago, in February, when the temperature is 11 degrees Fahrenheit at noon, everybody looks a bit... bulbous...

earrings - Judith Jack (similar here), sweater - J. Jill, shirt - Uniqlo, scarf - Paul Stuart,
skirted leggings - Eileen Fisher, boots - Munro

My pool deck... this is the best place I will ever live in my entire life!

My scarf is similar to this, but one side is cashmere and the other is silk. I spent a FORTUNE on it about 15 years ago and almost had a heart attack at the time. But now, I don't remember what that price actually was... (there's a lesson somewhere in there!)

cardigan - Eileen Fisher, earrings - Majorica, scarf - Paul Stuart, turtleneck - Uniqlo,
shoes - Thierry Rabotin, jeans - 
Eileen Fisher

turtleneck - Lands' End, earrings - Majorica, slouch pants - Eileen Fisher, sweater - Eileen Fisher,
athletic shoes - Munro

earrings - Alexis Bittar (similar here), grey flannel trousers - Saint James, scarf - Hermes,
turtleneck - L.L.Bean, loafers - Stuart Weitzman

Note that this scarf is long unavailable, but the design (called L'Hiver - Winter) often turns up second-hand. It's a total imitation of a Bruegel painting... It probably wasn't the most "blendy" colored scarf I could have worn, but I felt that the winter theme was appropriate for my adventures outdoors!




  1. Another great selection. I would love you to do a post on how you tie the scarves. Keep warm. Margo

  2. I am amazed how often you do venture out in this weather! At least our temperatures are a bit above freezing around lunchtime here in north central AR. Almost springlike, eh? At least you look very stylish. Your diary is a lot of fun!

  3. Another great weekly wardrobe report! Keep them coming. This is so helpful and so realistic.

  4. Janice, I sure hope that's a heated pool you're sitting around! Stay warm and stylish!

  5. Laughing at the comment about the boots. In early November I purchased a great pair of snow boots similar to your Bogs, never imagining that I would wear them every single day from early January through February. Every. Single. Day.

  6. Your wardrobe is so simple yet so stylish for everyday life (in my case retired). I find the Eileen Fisher slouch pants indispensable. Stay warm!

  7. I love these posts - so helpful in deciding what to keep and what to give up. I also have the L'Hiver scarf in red and just love it!

  8. I tried on the Eileen Fisher pants after seeing them here and on another blog. I did not think I would like them on me, but I do. They are so comfortable but not very warm. I imagine you are wearing tights under them in your climate. I lived in Montreal and Toronto in the 70's and remember wearing boots every day from December until April. It was a very special moment when you could wear shoes again outside.

    Deb from Vancouver

  9. Janice,

    At least you don't have ten feet of snow! I talked toa friend in Boston whose kids are skiing off their roof!
    I'm thinking of splurging on the seascape scarf you profiled last week. Could you whip up a couple of outfits to
    Wear it with? Work and play? Your ideas are so creative and you combine clothes in ways I would never dream up! Thank you!

  10. Enjoyed seeing your weekly round up of honest and appropriate.
    My BFF has Bogs and loves hers. Keeping the weather in mind when dressing just makes sense...bulbous is a great word!

  11. Love your combinations, though for me I would prefer a little more color.

  12. Oh, forgot to add: I spent the Labor Day weekend in Chicago and loved it so muchit felt "mediterranian" to me German. The beach was crowded and the Jazz Festival was on until late at night and I enjoyed every second there. Can't imagine the cold though I did experience the wind. Warm wind!