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It's Effing Cold

I know I'm stating the obvious here, but it's absolutely freezing outside. To any of my fellow Great Lakes dwellers, you guys know what I'm talking about, right? I saw a tweet the other day that described Buffalonians (and I'm sure others) so accurately that both me and my mom laughed out loud. It went something along the lines of: 

Buffalonian: You know, this weather wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the windchill!

I hear this...literally every single day during the winter. But really, it's true! The windchill is the true killer and to anyone who lives in Chicago, how are you doing? Are your limbs frozen? Have you left the house yet? I'm praying for y'all, from the comfort and warmth of my home because even I don't want to leave my house.

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But Francesca, is that all you're going to talk about? Really? How cold it is outside? During winter? 

Well, yeah, that's all I had planned. Can I tell you the truth behind this outfit though? It was cold outside, but not nearly as cold as it's been the past few days and definitely not as cold as it's going to be this week. Regardless, I was brave and went out without a coat, which meant I had to get creative. 

This requires sneaky layers. I mean, obviously, I'm wearing two sweaters. My Athleta cashmere sweater that I got for free (F R E E) at work is my second favorite layering piece of all time and sometimes I just lounge around the house in it. But lo and behold, I have a sneaky layer that has gone completely unseen. 

Underneath those culottes that could be called gauchos are...fleece lined leggings that I just hiked up high enough so they are unnoticeable.

Speaking of gauchos. I, ironically, took these pictures at my childhood elementary school. Look, there are slim pickings in my neck of the woods and photo locations are far and few between. Anyways, I remember dress down days and rocking gauchos every single time I could during my fifth-grade year. Ugh, how tragic?

I guess it all comes full circle though, doesn't it? I mean, at least culottes sounds a hell of a lot more fashionable than gauchos.

The moral of the story is: don't be afraid to create unseen layers. A pair of fleece lined leggings or thick tights under things that you might not normally wear them under can make all of the difference. I don't mess around when it comes to the cold. Well, most of the time. 

Sometimes you just have to risk it for the aesthetic of it all, right? But, not today, satan! I'll be enjoying my cashmere blends and hidden fleece lined leggings to keep myself insulated, thank you very much!

Cardigan: Vince
Turtleneck: Athleta 
Pants: Lilith
Shoes: Kate Spade (exact)
Hat: Epoch
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (very similar)

How are you handling winter? If you're from the south or like, LA or something, please don't talk to me. KIDDING! All winters are welcome here!


  1. I'm from the Chicago burbs and I am not okay, my limbs are definitely frozen, and I'm only leaving the house when I have to. Taking notes on outfits to wear when you have to wear as many layers as possible. ;)

    Nicole | explosive bagel

    1. My mom's friend from Chicago called yesterday and said it was unbearable and she's been there for YEARS. I'M PRAYING FOR YOUR FROZEN LIMBS!!!!!!!!

  2. Ahh, I so know what you mean about the windchill - it really kills all joy I have for winter!
    And how clever are you, sneaking in layers where they can't be seen so you can make winter photoshoots a bit more bearable? I'm going to have to try this!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

    1. Totally my mom's idea, I'm not going to lie. I've done tights under jeans and pants before, but I guess the perks of loose fitting pants is being able to sneak a thick layer underneath without the outfit being ruined. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to stay warm! If I still had my collarless Underarmor from high school sports, I'm pretty sure I'd throw it under every sweater possible lol!

  3. I feel you with the weather, the wind makes everything so much worse! It's been -20 everyday and I thought -9 today would be warmer but the wind was terrible hahaha. I love the outfit btw!

    1. The wind is ROUGH. I love the lakes and all but like...windchill can disappear forever hahaha. And thank you!

  4. Girl fleece lined leggings literally save my life in the winter!! So cute.

  5. You're so brave to stepping outside in the snow. If it goes past 10 degrees I refuse to leave my house - Akira

    1. Oh trust me, I've definitely been staying inside for the most part hahaha.

  6. I am low key dying over these snow pictures, because as someone who has never seen snow, it's still such a wicked cool concept to me. I mean, I know it's not always as pretty as it looks and stuff, but there's nothing wrong with a little pretending, right? Also, this outfit looks hella cosy.



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