I have received more than one request to share some tips for cold weather dressing. I am not an expert on this topic (I prefer a warm fire to winter sports), but I do have a few suggestions.
1. Layering is the key to warmth.
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Three layers are appropriate for cold weather and should include:
a) basic layer against the skin such as a simple cotton tee and tights/leggings
b) insulating layer such as a warm sweater and flannel petticoat or slip
c) protective layer such as a coat and denim/corduroy/wool skirt
2. Feet, hands and face freeze first.
Every time I have been really cold, it is my feet and hands that feel it first. In fact, the rest of my body usually does not get cold easily as long as I am dressed appropriately. Thus, prioritizing cold weather boots, gloves, and scarves/hats is essential. Gloves and scarves are quite easy to obtain and there are many tasteful/ladylike colors and styles available. It does not have to be expensive to obtain a good pair of boots at the end of the season or on consignment either. It is better to buy quality though since these items will have to be durable.
It is interesting to note that the most common complaint of women and cold weather seems to be wearing skirts when in fact, the feet and hands are what suffer before the legs.
2. Do not compromise elegance for practicality!
"You are what you wear" is very true. The most important part about a lady is her soul. Clothing not only expresses her spiritual nature to the world, but influences a lady's character. Do not compromise elegance when it comes to cold weather dressing. It is not worth it, even if temporal comfort must be given up. In my opinion, there are many sporting activities that would far better be sacrificed before appropriate attire.
Now it is up to you! If I have any readers from Canada or Alaska or other cold climates, please let me know what I have missed in the comments below!