I enjoy frostier temperatures when I am equipped for it and it is on my terms. I love to wear a fashionable jacket and boots for Mardi Gras, when I visit NYC the classic wrap coat is packed, and if I get to partake in mountain activity, an adorable fluffy wool cap is fun. However, the past few weeks of erratic weather patterns caused this fashion follower to be mistaken, several times, as the Sta–Puff Marshmallow Man. I am barely 5’ 2 and certainly not one of the Olsen Twins; I cannot do the overly layered look. This winter, in order to stay warm, copious amounts of clothing were required to step out of the house; it looked as if my clothes are attempting to eat me.
Growing up in New Orleans, when the weather got cold and damp I recall my grandmother exclaiming, “It’s that damp cold honey, and it just goes right through you.” As I reflect on my fashion choices this winter, I sit in my 110 year old home, I feel as bare as the insulation around these ancient windows. After spending years in New York and Connecticut for school, work, and love, I made a choice to leave the fierce winters of the Northeast packing away all those heavy sweaters, coats, and scarves forever; I was not primed for this brutality.
The weirdest weather occurrence, to date, had to be what locals have dubbed as “Sneaux-maggedon.” The scene at the grocery on the evening of Monday January 27th felt like I was walking into the apocalypse, there was not a battery or bottled water on the shelf and the checkout lines consisted of customers purchasing provisions of bottled water, king cake and booze. I was uncertain if a parade was coming or rapture. That week left me in an absolute state of confusion on outfitting for the elements; the drastic changes in temperatures, ranging from 23 degrees with sleet on Tuesday to a balmy and bright 71 degrees on Saturday, made for some noteworthy yet inane fashion choices.
Sneaux-maggedon & What I Wore
Monday 01.27.14 – Goals: Attend a Fashion Week meeting, sales calls and prepping for storm
Ensemble: Tall boots, tights, short leather jacket, tank top and printed pencil skirt
Mood: Positive and outfit is appropriate
Tuesday 01.28.14 – Goals: Catch up with correspondence, keep kids busy
Ensemble: Pajamas, very dated UGG boots and a hat
Mood: Positive but this dwindles throughout the day as the chance of snow in NOLA is also dwindling. Outfit is fitting for situation.
Wednesday 01.29.14 – Goals: Remain patient and calm, school is canceled again and my natives are restless.
Ensemble: Moved on from frumpy Pajamas to equally unfashionable Yoga pants, hoodie and the “need to be burned” UGG Boots.
Mood: I have cabin fever and my attire is an embarrassment to my livelihood.
Thursday 01.30.14 – Goals: Deliver UGG Boots to Goodwill and catch up with my business partner.
Ensemble: Hair blown out, faux leather pants, Moto-boots, wool sweater wrap, and a very puffy white coat.
Mood: On the up and up, the Mayor let us out the house and school open. Regarding the clothing, the puffy coat only looks good on super models.
Friday 01.31.14 – Goals: Must relish the fact that the sun has paid a visit and give a presentation to high school young ladies.
Ensemble: Classic sleeveless shift dress, opaque textured tights, booties and a timeless car coat with brightly hued scarf.
Mood: Vitamin D is sinking in and the outfit makes me want to have a fancy lunch.
Saturday 02.01.14 – Goals: Attend the new Whole Foods Market community party with family and vote!
Ensemble: Black long sleeve T shirt tucked into a tulip skirt, over-the-knee boots and a heavy cuff bracelet.
Mood: Excited about new developments and change in the city, however I am sweating profusely and forgot sunscreen. Attire should have been a darn sundress and sandals.
So my lesson was learned. In New Orleans, you must learn to dress for our two seasons, wet and cold or wet and hot. Layers are your friend.