31 Days of Femininity: How to be feminine when it's cold outside!
Wearing Maternity Support hose with a skirt and top.
It's that time of year when I'm starting to get emails asking "how do you wear skirts and dresses in the winter time? I live where it's really cold outside and I just don't know how to do this!"
Honestly I hardly even blink when winter time comes, since I've been wearing dresses only since I was nine. It just seems natural to don a layer or two on when winter comes, and continue putting on a dress or skirt. I will admit to staying cuddled up in my knit pajama bottoms a bit more when I'm at home during the day, but it's probably only once a month or so that I indulge myself in staying in them all day. My boys are so used to seeing me in a skirt that I get asked all day "when are you going to get dressed mama? You really are wearing sweat pants today?" I chuckle and tell them it's really ok. :)
So, what is the most practical ways to stay warm? Here are a few of my time tested favorites.
1. Wear leggings! My mom had my sister and I doing this during the '90's when the stirrup leggings were such a popular look. Except we wore them under our dresses! We always wear the leggings, and then wear some socks pulled over the edge of the legging with some cute shoes. If your skirt or dress is long enough you barely even notice the leggings. They also make 3/4 length leggings so you wouldn't see them at all, but a small part of your leg might end up cold.
I even found fleece lined leggings on Amazon, now those sound really comfortable and warm!
I discovered cuddle duds last year, and they are wonderful leggings! They are super soft and comfortable, while being extremely warm. So if you live where it is really cold in the winter, I would definitely get a pair of cuddle duds to wear. They sell different colors and styles.
2. Wear warm cotton knee high socks! On days when it's not bitterly cold this is my preferred layering method. I find that if I wear a warm skirt, the upper part of my legs don't get as cold because they are kept warm from the skirt. So knee high leggings keep me warm many days. But I live in Missouri, not Alaska! I don't know if this is warm enough for some of the really cold states.
3. Then there is the option to simply wear pantyhose throughout the winter, or wear cotton tights that are fitted like pantyhose. I know some ladies do this, but it's never been my preferred method. It would keep you warm though!
4. So what if you are pregnant during the winter? I have previously just worn support hose during the winter when I was cold, as I already had them and they help my varicose veins. Anyone who has worn support hose knows they keep you warm!
I did just order a pair of black maternity leggings from Zulily when they were running a sale on them. They came in the mail last night, and I was shocked how comfortable they were when I tried them on! Since I'm not due until the beginning of January, I'm sure I will have time to wear these when the weather turns more chilly.
If you have questions feel free to ask! I'd love it of other ladies would share any tips they have also!