WIW in extreme cold

I SO want to take outdoor pictures of my outfits! Alas, with the freeze we have right now it is not going to happen any time soon - even if I get home when it is still light :-( So sorry for the quality of the indoor evening pictures, this is all I can do for now.
pic 1
I tried Angie's light grey and white ensemble -sans the light blue as my winter wardrobe does not have any.
These are new Gap grey jeans - the same ones Suz has. Unfortunately I wore them to work that day and then noticed that there is a defect on one of the seams - the threads are pulling apart. I will try to exchange for another pair, let's see if Gap stands behind its products.
pic 2
I am so happy I got the Lands End Chalet puffer in Tall this year. It is long enough to cover the tops of my tall boots and provides enough insulation so I can wear skirts with sheer hose to work. Of course if I had to commute for 40 min in this freezing weather it would be not enough but for driving in and a short 10 min walk it is quite sufficient to keep me warm.
I usually do not wear scarves indoors for the last couple of years - they feel "too much" for me - but somehow I felt like scarf wearing here.
pic 3
I did get asked at work if I am going riding that day :-) I don't care as I really like the look. The consigned BCBG blazer is black with faux leather sleeves and Gap merino t-neck is navy. 
pic 4
Tried to pair my long grey gilet with a grey pencil skirt and quite liked the proportions here. I felt that I need to add some white into the mix but a scarf felt like too much so I went with this necklace (even though I don't wear them often now). Looking at the picture in the evening I think that this chunky necklace may have been too much and I should have worn a different one. Oh well - next time!
One observation on this week: it was a very wise move to expand my winter footwear collection last fall. Last winter I had a single pair of tall flat black boots and when it was snow and freezing for an extended time I was sick to death from wearing the same pair ALL.THE.TIME! Footwear often dictates the outfit silhouette and when you are limited to tall flat boots you are really limited in the silhouettes you can wear.  By adding an ankle booties and heeled tall dressy boots I have expanded what I can wear in such extreme weather. If not for these dressy boots I would not wear my skirts and culottes that often at all as I don't care much how they look with these flat boots.
I am still limited in that all 3 pairs of my winter worthy footwear are black so my next goal is to add other colors to my collection. It is not going to be an easy task - especially in my size - but it is worth pursuing. 
Thanks for looking and as usual all comments and suggestions are very appreciated.
Have a nice weekend everyone!

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  • MTBGirl replied 5 years ago

    All are wonderful! #2 is my favorite. So polished and the scarf, with its color and pattern, its really quite beautiful together!  

  • Janet replied 5 years ago

    Well, you look fantastic in extreme cold! I love that long vest and am kind of coveting it. I haven't even been bothering with outfit photos. In single-digit temps, it's all I can do to throw on BF jeans with long johns underneath, layered sweater and tee, and my rugged moto boots. I guess it's good that I don't have to go to an office!

  • kkards replied 5 years ago

    you certainly didn't let the cold get the best of you! your cold weather style is fab----#3 is TDF, and i bet is super warm as well. love #4, and i admire your ability to wear a skirt in this kind of weather!

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Wow, Sveta, I really love #3 and #4 especially! I don't think the necklace in #4 is too much at all. It adds the perfect amount of "light" along with the sheer hose. 

    Very interesting about the boots. You are right that we are limited if we only have one pair. Since so much of my life is casual and I do walk, this is one of my key winter dressing problems. 

  • Hilary replied 5 years ago

    I think outfit #4 looks terrific on you- great lines- very modern

  • Zibbets replied 5 years ago

    Fabulous! I especially like #2 and #3, but these are all great. I like the necklace in #4 very much. The proportions are perfect with the gillet and tall boots and I think you're right about the white.

    I love the "riding" outfit. I have been asked that when wearing my tall boots and took it as a compliment. ;)

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    Your WIWs never disappoint! I like all of these outfits and marvel at your bitter cold style. #1 is my favorite, but I have a sugar eye for grey and white.
    I want to add more calf or ankle high boots/booties but in a light shade for variety. We are expecting over a foot of snow by tomorrow ( in Colorado) and dropping temperatures, but nothing like what you have had.

  • trekkiegirl replied 5 years ago

    You have such distinctive style and these are great outfits. #4 is my fave

  • Runcarla replied 5 years ago

    Inspired and inspiring set of outfits. #3 and #4 are my faves, but they are all fab.

  • Caro in Oz replied 5 years ago

    I love #3 & #4 - so streamlined & chic. I agree about the importance of having the right kind of footwear.

  • Windchime replied 5 years ago

    You're keeping up your excellent style through the cold. Your new light grey jeans should be a great addition to your wardrobe; they will fit right in with many items you already have. I want to eventually get grey jeans, too, but first have to find white ones.

    To my eye, the necklace in #4 is just fine; it's a non-scarf way of bringing light color and brightness to your outfit.

  • Karie replied 5 years ago

    #2 and #4 are my favorites. And I agree it is an absolute NECESSITY to have a good boot collection in our awful winters. Not sure about where you are, but around here all it does is snow. And get colder. And snow some more. And get colder still. Brr....

  • Style Fan replied 5 years ago

    Great looks.  You make such a good point about footwear.  I never had enough when I was working.  I always wanted more boots but felt guilty about buying them.  Now I realize the need. 

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    Outfit #2 totally knocks my socks off Sveta - the colour, pattern and shine in this outfit gives such an incredibly luxe feel to the ensemble. Simply gorgeous!

    And your grey gilet works perfectly with the skirt. That item is really turning out to be quite the workhorse isn't it?

  • Missey replied 5 years ago

    Gorgeous blazer!  Your "riding outfit"  is my favorite look!

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Gorgeous all around - #3 is especially striking. The skirt looks smashing too!

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Sveta, these outfits are all beautiful on you. I can't believe how stylish you are in cold weather. 3 and 4 are especially swoon-worthy. Glad you've got a good collection of boots started. I've found them invaluable in my climate, too. Seattle isn't that cold, but most years, I wear boots for at least half the year.

  • rachylou replied 5 years ago

    That long vest is so incredible. But man, I'd be in snow pants. I'm pretty sure about that...

  • Summer replied 5 years ago

    These are all beautiful, Sveta, but I particularly like the equestrian vibe of 3 - very striking.  I also love 4, which strikes me as very elegant.

    You were wise to add to your footwear collection.

  • Elizabeth P replied 5 years ago

    Once again, a week of wonderful outfits. I love the variation in them, yet they are all very much you. I love the pop of lightness and colour the scarf adds, good choice! And I think the necklace is perfect. You might not be used to seeing yourself in chunky jewelry these days, which might be throwing off your perception of yourself, but it looks great.

    And I hear you on the boots. It was only last year I found high boots with a 1.5-2" heel that were totally weatherproof, and it completely opened up the dress and skirt option for me. My high boots before that were normal leather and they would ger ruined in our slushy winters. And I got tired of lugging a change of footwear when I wore "proper" chunky winter boots. I've since added to my collection as well, keeping the weather more in mind!

    I'm curious about your booties... Do you wear them outside or carry them?

    Is your orange bag Danier? It looks very similar to my blue one in shape.

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    I had a very full weekend schedule (good one) so just getting to comment back now.
    Donna, Hilary, tr3kkie9rl, Runcarla, Caro, Missey, shevia - thank you!
    Janet, actually it is good I have to go to the office because it gives me a reason to dress up in the morning. I don't have too - nobody would raise an eyebrow if I wear jeans and sweaters every day  - but I want too. 
    kkards, I would not wear a skirt in this cold if I were to spend a lot of time outdoors but for the office - why not? It gives me more variety which I crave - and my new dressy winter boots makes it easy!
    Suz, yes - footwear rules in our climate. 
    Zibbets - high five on the "riding" love!
    Joy, I would also like a light pair of booties which can handle the snow. My ultimate wish is for dove or silvery grey but I have almost no hope ever to find them.
    Windchime, I hope you find both white and light grey jeans soon.
    Karie, I HEAR you on the snow and cold. I have enough!
    Style Fan, Firecracker, Summer -  I am glad that my footwear points make sense.
    Shannon - this long gilet is a workhorse for sure - and a prize winner as well!
    rachy - LOL!
    Elizabeth, we understand each other perfectly then! :-0 These booties are UGGs and they hold up to snow pretty well. I had to add slip resistant soles to them though as they were too slippery. On the brighter side the sole is substantial enough to provide warmth and they have sheepskin soles inside - a real bonus in winter. I cannot wear them for long time when it is really cold (below  -20C) but they are fine for a short walk from the car in this weather or when the temps are not too low (under -15C). 

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    Elizabeth, I missed your last question. The red bag is not Danier. It is Chromia bag I got at Winners several years ago. Your new blue Danier bag is fab!

  • harmonica replied 5 years ago

    Fab looks! You totally beat the freezing cold with your style! Footwear is so important in cold weather and your feet (and your outfits) need variety.

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    I LOVE #2 so much.  And look at your striped theme week!  You are truly inspiring.

  • Laura replied 5 years ago

    Outfit #2, 3, 4 all look so chic on you! I love how you inspire many of us, letting us know that it is possible to look great, even in cold climates :)

    I also completely agree with you that a pair of tall boots is critical, especially for those of us who love to wear skirts, even during the cooler seasons. Do you also have a pair of cute high denier tights to pair with your skirts during the winter seasons? If so, what kind of tights do you usually wear with skirts?

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    harmonica, Una - thanks!
    Laura, I am not a fan of opaque tights with skirts. I have a pair of patterned grey tights I sometimes wear with skirts. Last week I wore simple sheer hose thankful to the fact that my long puffer covers the top of my tall lined boots so I am warm enough for short walks outside even when it is very cold.

  • replied 5 years ago

    Gorgeous outfits Sveta! Love #2 and #3. I agree with Harmonica, you are so inspiring :)

  • abc replied 5 years ago

    I am always in awe of you ladies that can manage to look fab in such cold weather.  These looks are no exception!  I really believe if I lived in such a cold place I would be running around in sweat pants every day.  

    I hope you find just the right footwear to add to your collection.  Having the right shoes can really help.

    I hope you get to come back to DF soon as our temps have warmed up and the purple trees are starting to bloom!  The highs are around 27C in the afternoons, it's so lovely and I'm sure coming from your climate you would really appreciate it.  I hope you make it back soon, keep me posted. 

    PS I have the same top as your pic #1, I am now inspired to wear it again!  :)

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    HOW do you manage to look so incredibly stylish - and stay chipper - in relentlessly cold deep freeze weather. My hat off to you, beautiful lady. I would be soooooo miserable. 

    Good job embellishing your boots capsule ahead of time, and go Team Equestrian. I vote killer week. Fun that you are feeling scarves again too. Much love. 

  • unfrumped replied 5 years ago

    Oh, icon of winter dressing--how fun and fab.

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    Diane, umfrumped - thanks!
    abc - working in the office does inspire me to dress up. I am not sure I
    would look fab at all if I was working from home!
    Angie, snow and tall boots do make equestrian style a no brainer in winter, don't you think? 

  • Deb replied 5 years ago

    You never disappoint Sveta....beautiful as always. I can't imagine living with such cold weather, but you certainly don't let it affect your great style. Each of these outfits look special on you and I particularly like the high contrast options.

  • texstyle replied 5 years ago

    Wow Sveta #3 and #4 just blew me away!  Really, really nice.

  • jackiec replied 5 years ago

    Outstanding as usual, Sveta. You always look amazing. Stay warm! ;)

  • AM replied 5 years ago

    3 and 4 are my fav's. So chic. And I'm loving that long vest. So tempting but I think I'm too busy. Wonderful, wonderful outfits!

  • Lisa replied 5 years ago

    I'm with you on a variety of boot styles for winter months.  My shorter booties keep my skinny jeans and boots formula interesting during the season.  When I only had tall boots, despite having them in two different colors, tall boots is still tall boots everyday.

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