WIW: A dress for -42

Yep - with the windchill this morning, it's -42 Celcius. So I decided to wear a dress - lol! Fear not about my legs. I have two pairs of tights on so all nice and cozy.

Today's outfit started out actually with my purple tights - just felt like wearing them. So I added a black pair underneath topped with the purple. Then I added my black sheath dress and for a topper, am repeating the purple with my Amber Sun jacket. I love this jacket (waving hi to MaryK jacket twin!). Does this quality as boxy and cropped for the spring trend?

For footwear I chose my ancient, warm and comfy Clarks knee high boots and went with my black handbag and gold mesh bangle for accessories. 

I'm happy with this outfit - what do you think? As always all comments/suggestions welcome.

Jacket: Amber Sun
Dress: Banana Republic
Tights (both pairs): Hue
Boots: Clarks
Handbag: Danier Leather
Bangle: Michael Kors

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  • ramya replied 6 years ago

    I just don't know how you come up with these brilliant outfits day after day:)

  • donnat replied 6 years ago

    The purple tights and jacket are perfect. Great look. You have given me an idea....hopefully this cold wont go too much longer

  • Aquamarine replied 6 years ago

    I love purple and black together...it's so rich looking. Stay warm!

  • gryffin replied 6 years ago

    Shannon - I just love you in purple. This is such an elegant outfit!! Can't believe you are surviving that level of cold let alone in tights!! You are totally intrepid, but you look fabulous!! Stay warm!!

  • El Cee replied 6 years ago

    You look stunning! That purple shade is beautiful on you. The sheath dress, as always, is so fab. You are a brave soul to sport a dress today… even with two pairs of tights. Hope you can stay warm.

  • Sona replied 6 years ago

    Definitely a boxy topper! The saturated jewel tone looks lovely with black and will make you smile inwardly even when you glance outside the window. Its the little things like choosing to wear color that are often the only thing we can control in terms of mood elevation when the weather refuses to co-operate for days on end.

  • replied 6 years ago

    You look great, Shannon!

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    Great question about the jacket - I don't know the answer but hope to find out! You look amazing as usual and amazingly chipper for someone so cold!

  • Windchime replied 6 years ago

    Wow, Shannon! You and your wardrobe can cope with anything the weather throws at you, and you always look fantastic!

    I love this black and purple outfit on you. The dress/jacket and tights/boots proportions are all just right. Stay warm today!

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    You are brave!! 

    And you look terrific in the Amber Sun. Stay as cozy as you can! 

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    I love this outfit on you, Shannon. The jacket is boxy but it doesn't look cropped on your small frame. I like that the purple is not high contrast with the black. If tights and jacket were lemon yellow, the outfit could look very different.:)
    Keep warm today.

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 6 years ago

    This shade of purple in the jacket is beautiful color and have to admire how brave you are!!!!! 

  • ruthe replied 6 years ago

    A lovely vision :) Always beautiful, always!

  • Lisa replied 6 years ago

    I think this purple topper works for spring.  I bet it will be lovely paired with yellow as a spring look.  The purple and black is great here for a winter day.  Stay warm!

  • O replied 6 years ago

    I love this purple and black on you. Can humans actually survive on -42????

  • Emily replied 6 years ago

    The peek of double tights between your skirt and boots looks super cool! I like how you matched the jacket, which I would say is sufficiently boxy for the boxy jacket trend.  Great outfit, Shannon.

  • MuseumGal replied 6 years ago

    oh Oh OH!  PURPLE!  Fantabulous!

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  • AviaMariah replied 6 years ago

    Again, love reading about your process.  I love this look and thanks for the reminder that tights can sometimes be even warmer than trousers!

  • Lucy replied 6 years ago

    Wow, you look gorgeous!
    Coming from summertime in Sydney, I simply cannot imagine how cold that is! I really can't ( we went to the beach today!) and to look so great, I am in awe!

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    It is amazing that we are in the (plus) 40s here! Unheard of... You look great.

    I gave away a bunch of down skirts at Sundance - they are the best for keeping legs warm and for getting into a cold car seat.... But I have barely used mine this winter!

  • MsMary replied 6 years ago

    I swear, I am not exaggerating a bit when I say I literally cannot imagine temperatures like that!  Brrr!!

    Anyway... you know I love that jacket!  And the purple tights are so much fun!  Another winner!

  • Alexandra replied 6 years ago

    You look great! I like the color combination. But the temperature - ugh!

  • replied 6 years ago

    I can't comprehend those temps, but you're showing them whose boss! Love the purple/black combo and proportions look good to me too.

  • Caro in Oz replied 6 years ago

    It's going to be +42C here today - crazy. I agree with the others you look amazing in purple :)

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    Go, Shannon!  At some point, we just have to thumb our noses at the cold, don't we?  And what better way to do that than with purple?

    You look terrific and work ready.

  • deb replied 6 years ago

    Love the purple on you. 

  • Petite Marj replied 6 years ago

    While the weather outside is frightful, you look quite delightful!
    A great job at defying that cold with a great burst of colour.

  • Kiwibird replied 6 years ago

    Stunning!!!  Purple looks great on you Shannon and I love your purple tights!

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    I cannot imagine what -42 would feel like!! You look so good Shannon. I am not a fan of coloured tights but you are rocking this. Just enough colour and not to OTT. Bet your female colleagues cannot wait to see you each morning to see what your wearing.

  • Lantana replied 6 years ago

    Shannon, this is fab. The neckline of the jacket - open or closed - creates interesting geometry with the dress.The colours look fantastic on you.

    Like Caro, I'm not only on the other side of the world from you but also at the other side of the thermometer. It's harsh and hard here and I imagine it is likewise for you.
    Which makes it especially comforting to be able to flaunt a bit of style.

  • Lyn D. replied 6 years ago

    What Caro said!

  • lyn* replied 6 years ago

    That is way too cool ... I think I like the jacket closed more :)

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    Shannon, Shannon, Shannon... you cannot tell me two pairs of tights covers -42 C. I've been wearing two pairs of tights for 0 C.


  • jurocha replied 6 years ago

    Sometimes a girl wanna wear what a girl wanna wear! Way to go!

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