ANTI FREEZE

Jan 12, 2012


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Feverishly looking for some warm (read: practical) outerwear options for my upcoming work trip to Europe. I don't know how much cold my fragile Southern California body can take. As someone who shivers just standing in shade even in the dead of an Indian summer, compounded with my layering claustrophobia, it is imperative that I find a jacket that keeps me warm without needing to bundle on additional layers and doesn't make my shoulders feel like I'm training for Strongman. North Face jacket I want thee not. (unless you, you're ok)

My packing goal is as follows: one coat, one pair of pants, one pair of boots, three cashmere sweaters, socks and chonies, toiletries, etc. you know the drill. Too ambitious for a 7 day trip? Basically I'd be wearing the pants, boots, a sweater, and the coat, with the rest of the stripped down essentials in one corner of my luggage...my very large luggage...with ample room to bring back all the spoils of stimulating Europe's economy.

19 comments :

kaye i. said...

The United Bamboo lapel coat!

Sneaky Sneak said...

Your packing sounds wise! Always nice to travel as light as possible then you don't feel as bad bringing everything you buy back!

SS xx

monkeyshines ♥ said...

fabulous outwear!

Bises,
monkeyshines
http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

Viv said...

Loikes the middle one. Although 65% cotton and only 30% wool is not gonna help you out in European winter!
I'd look for a higher wool content, but who am I kidding, I caved on the pretty leather sleeved Zara coat and just wear huge jumpers underneath (and sometimes shiver a lot - or dance in the street when waiting for the bus)

Pergolina said...

love it all. but the clogs are pretty perfect!

the marant philes said...

Ooh the United Bamboo coat! Love your blog!
-Aliya

http://marantphiles.com

Raven said...

You need the Kensington model by Canada Goose. It's what I have and it keeps me nice and warm (it was -20C yesterday) while not needing to wear layers. And it's slim fit.

boody said...

Don't forget to cover your noggin, Jayne!!! And if you wear nylons under your pants, it helps cut the cold. Prepare to get shweaty when you walk place to place. Bon voyage!!!!

kittenmasks said...

Giiiiirrrrrrlll, you need to get you a down puffer. Call it what you will, Michelin man/snowman/fat ass roll version of Cartman, that mess keeps you warmer than warm. And nowadays, there are more designers who are making it look less fat man and more faux chic - see: Barneys Coop (sold out online unfortunately), Moncler (not for the budget friendly), Add Down (Moncler level), state & lake...

But if that's seriously not an option, then I'd say fur. Borrow it from your mom, your friends, your local vintage store... my fur vest is the only thing that kept me warm last winter in Seoul. I was one layer away from freezing into the sidewalks, only to be discovered when the ice thawed out in March.

!♥ MIMI said...

sounds good.

you can survive the cold.

i believe in you.

// SOYCONFESSIONS.BLOGSPOT.COM

Sarka said...

I am wearing only two layers - long arm t-shirt and down parka (here in Prague is 1°C and windy). The United Bamboo Lapel Coat seems to be right choise. Which city will you go and when?

nataliya said...

the middle one's the shit!

nataliya
sewniice.blogspot.com

Maria said...

Well in Finland the weather has been this winter -5 celcius instead of -25 celcius, for a changee....

ps. the thing I interviewed you for will be hopefully out this march, only a year late..

Michele said...

I am exactly like that, always shivering. These coats are really nice. Where in Europe are you going? If you go to Amsterdam you should definitely let me know so I can 'bump into' you like, randomly..

Ria said...

I'm always cold too and I'm heading to NYC next month. Steadily praying for global warming.

JoJo said...

If this is an election I vote for the one on the far right.

Sarah Chow said...

dude, heat tech: http://www.uniqlo.com/ht_w/us/

3 degrees in NY this morning: 3 layers of heat tech. (under my isabel marant wool maxi skirt -- so toasty and warm). on top you just need heat tech, sweater, coat. depending on the weather, scarf and or hat. gloves will probably be necessary but there are lots of awesome leather gloves.

i survived the blizzards last winter with heat tech too.

uniqlo is expanding to the west coast soon but maybe you have a friend in NY that can hook you up before europe?

also, of the three, the last one is the nicest in person!

Anonymous said...

Europe as in which country? There is a pretty wide scale of climates here, you know.

Sarka said...

Hi Jane, here is the "United Bamboo Coat in Sheepskin and Wool Mix" £522.50 :-) http://www.asos.com/United-Bamboo/United-Bamboo-Coat-in-Sheepskin-and-Wool-Mix/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=1770527&cid=6663&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=200&sort=-1&clr=Black